Creating a sitz bath using emollient herbs such as comfrey leaf and marshmallow root will help soothe and protect the skin. Bring a quart of water to a boil and add a handful of the herb to the water and cover it. Let it steep for 20 minutes and strain the mixture into the sitz bath. Whichever herb you decide to use make sure it is in a raw, organic form.
Use an herbal suppository
To moisten the vaginal mucous membrane, use this recipe to create an herbal suppository that can be used at night to remedy vaginal dryness:
1 ounce cocoa butter
1 tablespoon powdered dong quai root
1 tablespoon powdered licorice root
1 tablespoon powdered wild yam
1 tablespoon powdered marshamallow root or slippery elm bark
2 tablespoons vitamin E oil
2 drops essential oil of rose (optional)
Directions: Melt the cocoa butter then add the powdered herbs and vitamin E oil. Add in a few drops of rose essential oil if you desire and roll into a suppository shape. Store in a glass container in the refrigerator and place inside of the vagina at night to encourage vaginal lubrication.
Yeast overgrowth is a common reason behind vaginal dryness and using acidophilus capsules inserted in the vagina can help inhibit yeast overgrowth and promote lubrication. Just make sure you’re not using enteric-capsules (coated) because they will not dissolve in the vagina. You can use these as often as you need them. Acidophilus capsules can be found at your local drug store.
The most common way to bring moisture to the vagina is to use lubricant. You want to use a lubricant that will keep it slick over an extended period of time during sex. A water-based lubricant such as Astroglide is a great version to use. Water-based lubricants can be revitalized with a few drops of water or saliva if it begins to dry up. There are a variety of water based lubes on the market so experiment and see what works best for you. Also, coconut oil is an excellent lubricant to use in moistening the vagina. The only drawback is that the oil can’t be used during sex where barriers exist because the properties in the oil will break down latex in condoms.
Please note that the suggestions listed here are not to replace the professional advice of a health care professional and are not intended as a cure or diagnosis. Consult your physician before using any holistic or homeopathic remedies.
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