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When it comes to ‘feminine hygiene’ products there are a lot of questionable ideas floating around. Although it is true that the yoni (or vagina) has the power to effectively self-cleanse and does not require the aid of harmful chemical douches, yoni oil is about holistic natural support and overall vaginal health—not cleansing something that’s dirty. Typically made up entirely of natural herbal ingredients designed to prevent and eliminate common ailments, a quality yoni oil is at once a potent healing balm and a loving way to self-pamper daily.
What Is Yoni Oil?
What’s in yoni oil, you ask? Yoni oil is a natural oil infusion which usually contains organic essential oils and organically grown herbs. Yoni oil mixes are designed to be included in daily vaginal health and self-care routines. Most yoni oils are used to moisturise the mons pubis and labia, but they can provide a whole slew of other benefits as well.
Yoni Oil Benefits
Yoni oil provides an array of different benefits depending which ingredients are included. Additionally, many yoni oils can double as body oil, massage oil, or after shave lotion. Yoni oil uses are very numerous! Here are a few of the most common benefits of yoni oil that users enjoy:
Eliminates Chronic Infections
Many yoni oils contain powerful antibacterial ingredients like neem, which works to discourage bad bacteria, or tea tree oil, also a natural antibacterial as well as an anti-fungal, making it particularly effective against recurring yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis (BV).
Vaginal dryness is a common result of stress, hormonal health issues, and can even occur as a natural result of ageing. Increased moisture is one of the primary benefits of yoni oil, which is why many include powerful natural moisturisers like aloe and coconut oil.
Prevents Ingrown Hairs
For those susceptible to pesky ingrown hairs, the regular application of a yoni oil infused with essential oils boasting antibacterial and soothing anti-inflammatory properties can act as both treatment and prevention. These include tea tree, chamomile and lavender.
Whether the result of dry skin, hair regrowth, friction, or susceptibility to infection, many women cope with regular vaginal itching. Common yoni oil ingredients like calendula, chickweed, and plantain work to soothe and reduce itching while facilitating natural healing.
Relieves Pain And Inflammation
If you’re suffering from pain, irritation, or general inflammation, yoni oil ingredients like comfrey work to increase cell turnover, relieve pain, and bring down inflammation. Peppermint oil is also a wonderful ingredient for those in search of a powerful soother.
How To Safely Use Yoni Oil
How to use yoni oil? The good news is, it’s relatively simple. That said, before applying any new product to your most delicate parts, it’s important not to take the basics for granted—like how and where to use it. Consider the following tips for safe and optimal use of your yoni oil.
Yoni oil is best used after a shower or bath. Always ensure that your hands are also washed before applying your oil, and, just as importantly, be sure to keep the bottle clean and dry after each use to prevent any buildup of transferable mold and bacteria!
Don’t Use It Internally
Yoni oil is designed for use on the mons pubis and vulva (including your labia and clitoris), but avoid inserting it into your vagina unless you are working with a specialist who can counsel you on safety. Otherwise, you risk upsetting your yoni’s delicate pH balance and risking infection.
Don’t Keep It Cold
Warm or room temperature yoni oil tends to be more pleasant than those kept cold or chilled. Additionally, some oils happen to gel or solidify when too cool (i.e. coconut oil). If your oil has a solid consistency, simply hold it under warm water until it liquifies, then enjoy.
Start With A Few Drops
Particularly when using yoni oil for the very first time, start with 3-4 drops. Believe it or not, when it comes to potent essential oils, a little really can go a long way. You can increase your yoni oil dosage once you’re accustomed to the product if you feel more is needed.
Check With Your Doctor If On Medication
If you happen to be on a prescribed medication or are using other herbal medicines, it’s smart to ensure there are no possible adverse interactions between your yoni oil ingredients (natural though they may be) and any other substance you may be using. Consult your practitioner first.
How To Make Yoni Oil At Home
For the DIY aficionados among us, it’s easy to follow a yoni oil recipe and make your very own DIY yoni oil from home. All you need is a few of your favourite essential oils and an understanding of their basic properties so you can properly address your particular set of goals and needs. Although there are many different ways to make yoni oil (some of which include gels, or dried herbs and flowers), it’s best to start simple and create more complex concoctions once you have a better idea what works for you. Follow these simple steps to make a beginner’s yoni oil.
Choose Your Carrier Oil
Your carrier oil will be your base, and is largely included for it’s moisturising effects, as well as to dilute your more potent essential oil ingredients. Coconut, olive, or almond oils are all strong choices for a carrier oil. As a general rule, you’ll want to follow a 10:1 ratio—that’s 10 parts carrier oil for every 1 part essential oil. However, since everyone’s different, you may want to start conservatively, with a 20:1 mix. You can then adjust as needed.
Choose Your Essential Oils
Your choice of essential oils will depend somewhat on your reasons for using yoni oil in the first place. I like to combine lavender and tea tree essential oils with a coconut oil base, as all 3 oils offer powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Translation: it’s great for protection against infections, ingrown hairs, inflammation, and dryness, to name a few. Whenever possible, choose organic oils to avoid unknown contaminants.
Combine Your Oils
In a bowl, pot, or vessel of your choice, combine your carrier and essential oils together, mixing vigorously with a spoon. If you live in a cold climate and your coconut oil is solid, be sure to flash heat it on the stove first in order to liquefy it. This will ensure better fusion with your other ingredients. If your chosen vessel has a lid, close it and shake your mixture well. Once your DIY yoni oil is thoroughly mixed, it’s almost ready for use.
Bottle And Store Your Yoni Oil
If you’ve ever wondered why the essential oils you buy in the store are kept in amber or dark blue glass bottles, it’s because essential oils are sensitive to UV rays. Too much light exposure can cause them to spoil, change their components, or make them less potent. So think of darker bottles as sunglasses for your yoni oil. And choose glass over plastic when possible, as plastic can shed harmful chemicals—and is less eco-friendly.
Always Do A Spot Test
Now that your yoni oil is mixed, bottled, and ready for use, you’re probably excited to apply it and reap the benefits. But—as with any product you buy in-store, whether natural or synthetic—you’ll want to do a spot test first. Your yoni is sensitive, and it’s worth knowing if your skin will have adverse reactions before applying it. Test a sample patch on your inner wrist, thigh, or on a tiny section of your labia and wait 24 hours to be safe.
Where To Buy Yoni Oil
Yoni oils are available for purchase in many stores, pharmacies and online. Be sure to always read the label carefully when choosing a yoni oil as different brands offer different blends with varying properties and benefits. It’s best to do your homework in advance and identify the best yoni oil for your needs—or at least which ingredients to look for. Here are our top 3 recommended yoni oils:
Best For Vaginal Care: Yoni Sacred Feminine Oil by RDrewNaturals
This fantastic all natural yoni oil is a magical mix containing aloe, calendula and neem. It works to moisturize, soothe itching, and discourage the proliferation of bad, infection-triggering bacteria.
Best For Healing: WOOM Healing Oil by SageandBalm
This adaptogenic blend of cold-pressed and steam distilled oils is great for both external and internal use, contains intoxicating lemongrass, and is great for natural ph restoration. Use it as a massage oil too.
Best For Yoni Massage: Yoni Sex Gel by MrsJacksBodyFood
This sensual organic oil gel contains moisturising coconut oil and vitamin E, which work to stimulate desire by creating warming and cooling sensations both partners will enjoy. Also use it as lube.
Improve Your Vagina Health With Yoni Massage
By now it is probably abundantly clear that yoni oil offers numerous healing benefits, but just imagine the added benefits of having a partner (or a professional!) massage that oil in. If that sets off a resounding ‘yes’ in your heart, you might consider a yoni massage as an additional vagina health tool to add to your repertoire. Check out Karma Tantric’s Ultimate Yoni Massage Guide to learn more!