I have a girlfriend in her 50s who claims she doesn't recall one time when she's ever looked directly into her vagina.
Not during sex. Not when she had her kids. Never. According to her, she basically washes it and trims it from time to time and that's about it.
Meanwhile, I'm the kind of woman who feels like my va-jay-jay is like a plant; it deserves to be loved on and even talked to on occasion. It's nothing for me to take out a handheld mirror and do my own impromptu inspecting to see how things are going down there. I'll even proudly shout her out when necessary.
Most of my friends know that my vagina and I are buddies. Maybe that's why it's not uncommon for them to hit me up with random questions like, "What should I wash my vagina with?"
OK. The short answer is "absolutely nothing". One of the best things about our vaginas is they are self-cleaning; our bodies provide everything they need to maintain a pH balance of 3.8-4.5, which is why we shouldn't douche; it throws the balance off. But when it comes to our labia — the external folds of our vulva, which is the outer part of our vagina — that is something that we can safely pamper and love on with a few beauty products (preferably all-natural ones).
If you want to give your vagina — and by that, I mean labia — a bit of a treat, here are some all-natural homemade washes that are not only safe to use but can benefit your lady parts in so many ways.
Disclaimer: When it comes to the recipes that require water, room-temperature distilled water is best because it's the kind of water that is contamination-free and helps to detoxify your organs.
Aloe Vera, Yogurt and Honey Wash (Mask):
Everyone should have at least one Aloe Vera plant in their house because there's honestly not too much it can't do! As far as your labia is concerned, it contains all sorts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants to protect its skin. Aloe Vera also contains polyphenols that help to keep bacteria at bay. Plain yogurt is loaded with probiotics that significantly reduce the chances of you getting a yeast infection. As far as raw honey goes, one study revealed that when it's added to yogurt, it can reduce yeast infection-related symptoms by as much as 88 percent!
1 Slice of Aloe
1/3 Cup of Plain Yogurt
3 Teaspoons of Raw Honey
This particular recipe is both thick and perishable (which is why it's more of a mask than a wash). That said, it's best to cut the gel out of the plant and put it, along with the yogurt and honey, into a blender for a few seconds. Then apply it to your vagina, let it sit for five minutes, and then rinse well (really well). Put the remaining amount in your fridge and it should keep for a couple of weeks.
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