+ Luscious Medicine For Vaginal Health +
While often there is little, if anything, that needs to be done to maintain vaginal balance in a healthy woman, giving extra care and attention to our wombs and vaginas periodically brings not only greater health, but a deep sense of empowerment and sacredness to our bodies and to the larger story of our lives. Just as so many simple acts in life, such as bathing or enjoying a cup of tea, can be elevated to experiences of truly devotional self care, with only a little more effort on your part, so too your relationship with the body you inhabit can blossom through committing to small but meaningful moments of attention.
One of the ways in which we hope you will begin to explore and encourage this flowering of self care is through the making and use of nourishing vaginal suppositories. Now wait, before you recoil in horror at the word suppository and begin to recall that truly despicable anti-biotic cream you may have had to use in the past, we hope that you will consider that the formula below is truly antithetical to such thing.
Just as the nutrient-dense foods we eat bring not only pleasure but also health and vitality to our systems, so too we can feed the other tissues of the body to ensure resilience. Using vaginal suppositories occasionally as part of a larger commitment to health and self-care will yield rewards in spades. The formula below is meant to strengthen and nourish already healthy vaginal tissues, support optimal bacterial balance, sooth mild irritation or itching, and honestly just to make you feel even more great about your lady parts.
Use once a week or so, but probably no more, on an evening when you feel like doing something extra-nice for yourself. These suppositories make a wonderful finish to a sweet ritual of self care or can be used anytime you experience itching, burning, or irritation--particularly after what herbalist Michael Moore has referred to as, sexual calisthenics. For these such things, combine with ample water intake, a healthy dose of fermented and probiotic rich foods. Suppositories work best at night, right before bed so that you can remain horizontal and absorb the luscious medicine which will inevitably melt once inside of you. That said, a cloth pad is also a good idea for absorbing whatever residual oil may escape in the night.
+ Nourishing Vaginal Suppositories +
- Half Cup Olive Oil
- Two Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- Ten Tablespoon Cocoa Butter
- One Teaspoon Rose Petals, powdered
- One Teaspoon Yarrow Flowers, powdered
- One Tablespoon Marshmallow Root, powdered
- One Tablespoon Elm Bark, powdered
Combine all ingredients in a double boiler and melt over low heat.
Alternately, use a pot and a bowl that fits snugly on top in place of a traditional double boiler.
Stir to dissolve cocoa butter and to incorporate powdered herbs.
Once all ingredients are combined thoroughly, carefully
take a teaspoon filled with the mixture and place on a plate in the freezer.
Allow the mixture to solidify and test for consistency. The formula should feel totally
solid when you try to squish it, but should also begin to melt ever so slightly at your touch.
If it is too hard, add a bit more olive oil to the formula. If it is too soft, add a bit more
cocoa butter. Make these additions slowly and test your formula using
the spoon and freezer method until you have the consistency you'd like.
Pour into molds and allow to cool and harden in fridge or freezer.
Store in airtight container in freezer for up to two years.
If you'd prefer a totally tried + true ready-made formula, we offer our favorite suppository blend for local pick up in Austin Texas. Made with Wildcrafted and Organic Plantain, Monarda, Usnea, Yarrow and Elderflower, Marshmallow, Rose, and Burdock, these heavenly suppositories, sold by the dozen, are formulated to foster healthy bacterial balance, nourish your most delicate tissues, replenish life-giving moisture, and generally soothe and bless your lady parts.
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Note // There are countless other formulae that could be employed to address specific symptoms or pathologies that the above formula may not be well-suited for. If you are interested in learning more about specific herbs and other suggestions for resolving symptoms you are experiencing, we encourage you to seek out your local community herbalist, or to consider scheduling a Whole Health Consultation with Sophia Rose of La Abeja Herbs.
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What are some of your favorite self care rituals for feeling great in your own skin? We'd love to hear about them in the comments below!