Want to try a herbal alternative instead of your existing lube? Need a few extra ideas to get things steamy in the bedroom? Want to be more proactive about vagina health? We've got you covered.
The Women's Herbal Apothecary by JJ Pursell, offers 200 different herbal hacks for women at all stages of life. We've provided some excerpts from the book below, to give your downstairs some extra lovin' when you're...well, giving someone else some extra lovin'
This can be used anytime to soothe dry tissues, but it is also safe to use during sex to lubricate the vagina. There are plenty of essential oils to choose from: lavender is relaxing, jasmine and ylang-ylang are aphrodisiacs, rose and helichrysum are healing for skin tissues, and peppermint and rosemary give a little spice should you so desire.
1 once (28g) dried comfrey leaf
1 cup (218g) coconut oil
2 teaspoons (10 ml) aloe vera gel
Optional essential oils (as above).
Preheat oven to 77 degrees celsius. Place comfrey in a glass baking dish and pour enough coconut oil over it to cover by 3 to 5 cm. Bake for 4 hours. Allow to cool and then strain into a bowl. Add aloe vera gel; mix well.
At this point you can add essential oils if you'd like; I'd keep it to around 40 to 60 drops your first round. You can always adjust your preference with your second batch.
Set the mood with herbs
Libido tonic tea
Using herbs such as maca and tribulus has been known for centuries to improve sex drive by balancing hormones.
42 grams shatavari root
28 grams maca root
28 grams tribulus
7 grams licorice root
7 grams rose petals
Combine all ingredients; store in a glass jar. Make medicinal strength (instructions to do this can be found in the book), and drink two cups daily for 6 to 8 weeks.
Aphrodisiac essential oil blend
This is a great oil to add to a diffuser in the bedroom. It focuses on relaxation and stimulation of the excitement centres.
1 teaspoon (5ml) ylang-ylang oil
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) rosewood oil
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) cardamom oil
Combine all oils in a 10 ml essential oil bottle. Use 5 drops in a room diffuser as desired.
Caring for every part of our body, including our vagina, is important as we age. Caring for the delicate tissue and ensuring proper flora allows us to be comfortable in our body. Stock your home herbal pantry with the following for vagina health: calendula flower, chamomile flower,elderflowers, comfrey flowers.
Vaginal dryness essential oil blend
Apply twice a day to external vaginal tissue and tissue at introitus. You can also use this blend anytime to soothe irritation.
1 1/2 tablespoons jojoba oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
25 drops helichrysum essential oil
15 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a 28 ml bottle. Gently mix.
For 200 natural remedies for healing, hormone balance, beauty and longevity, and creating calm, you can purchas The Women's Herbal Apothecary by JJ Pursell, from Murdoch Books, RRP $32.99.