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Love On Yourself With These 7 All-Natural DIY Vaginal Washes

Women's Health

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?"

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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.

Rosewater and Lavender Wash:

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Rosewater is great for your labia because it's full of antioxidants, helps to treat infections, and also helps to soothe skin irritation. Lavender oil works well with it because it provides a calming effect while it soothes skin irritation and reduces PMS-related symptoms. Witch hazel is awesome because it contains tannins that help to tighten up superficial cells (it's also great for healing hemorrhoids and postpartum swelling). Rosemary oil increases blood circulation while reducing stress. The more blood that's flowing to your genitalia, the more awesome your orgasms will be!

Recipe:

1 Cup of Distilled Water

1/3 Cup of Rosewater

¼ Cup of Witch Hazel

1 Tablespoon of Rosemary Oil

6 Drops of Lavender Oil

Mix all of these ingredients together in a bottle, shake well and immediately apply (if you wish). This wash should hold for a couple of months, so long as it's kept at room temperature.

Lemon Leaves Wash:

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Lemon leaves have antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties that help to gently and effectively cleanse your labia. If you have any skin discoloration in that area, they can even that out over time too. Something else that lemon leaves have the ability to do is make your labia feel refreshed immediately after using it. Tea tree oil is ideal if you're dealing with a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. That's because it contains powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties that are able to relieve the symptoms of both, oftentimes within 24-48 hours.

Recipe:

1 Cup of Distilled Water

3 Lemon Leaves

1 Drop of Tea Tree Oil

Boil the leaves in the water and let it steep for 30 minutes. Add the tea tree oil and allow it to cool down to room temperature. It's best to store this in a glass container. It should keep well for 30 days or so.

Red Clover and Sandalwood Wash:

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Something else that's great for treating PMS-related symptoms is red clover tea; that's because it is rich in isoflavones (which are basically phytoestrogens). Another benefit of red clover tea is that it slows down the appearance of aging (labia lips tend to lose collagen over time just like everything else). This tea can even aid in alleviating certain menopause-related issues (like poor blood circulation and vaginal dryness). Sandalwood contains anti-viral and antiseptic properties. Plus, it's known to provide an aphrodisiac effect. Perfect for those nights when you've got a lil' sumthin' sumthin' planned.

Recipe:

1 Cup of Distilled Water

1 Red Clover Tea Bag

3 Sandalwood Oil Drops

Boil the tea bag in the water and let it steep for an hour. Add the sandalwood oil, let the solution cool and put all of this into a glass container. It should hold for 30-45 days.

Calendula and Coconut Oil Wash:

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Organic coconut oil is a vagina's best friend because it contains the kind of ingredients that kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It also has Vitamin E in it to keep your labia soft and smooth. If you happen to have eczema or psoriasis around your labia or inner thighs, calendula has a great reputation for relieving the kind of skin that is associated with it. It is also the kind of oil that helps to keep your skin firm and moisturized.

Recipe:

1 Cup of Distilled Water

3 Tablespoons of Organic Coconut Oil

5 Drops of Calendula Oil

Mix all of the ingredients together and zap the wash in the microwave for about 10 seconds (just enough for the coconut oil to melt). Let it cool and put it in a microwave-safe bottle (so that you can microwave it again if the coconut oil solidifies). This one has a 3-4 month shelf life.

Aloe Vera, Yogurt and Honey Wash (Mask):

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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!

Recipe:

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.

Chamomile and Frankincense Wash:

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Chamomile tea does everything from boost immunity and reduce muscle spasms, to lighten skin and decrease stress levels in the body. It also helps to accelerate cell and tissue regeneration so that your labia can stay plump and pretty. Frankincense is an earthy scent that works as an astringent to kill germs and bacteria. Sweet almond oil contains plenty of vitamins A and E to moisturize, heal, and protect your labia.

Recipe:

1 Cup of Distilled Water

1 Tea Bag of Chamomile Tea

3 Tablespoons of Sweet Almond Oil

4 Drops of Frankincense Oil

Boil the chamomile tea bag in the water and let it steep for 30 minutes. Then add the sweet almond oil and frankincense oil. Let it cool and store in a glass container. This also will hold for about a month.

Baking Soda Wash:

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If you simply want to be proactive in keeping your vagina at the pH level it's supposed to be, look no further than baking soda. Being that it's naturally alkaline, it has a remarkable way of balancing your vagina's pH levels out. This means it helps prevent yeast infections, foul odors, and sometimes itching and burning too.

Recipe:

½ Cup of Distilled Water

½ Cup of Baking Soda

Mix the baking soda in with the water and use. Make sure to shake well every time before using this particular wash. This should keep well for at least 4-5 months. Enjoy (them all)!

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