ICYMI, commercial feminine care products have been coming under fire in the news lately for being totally toxic and even cancer-causing. It’s scary to think that the products we’ve trusted for so long to make us feel secure and protected during our most vulnerable times have been potentially harming us all along.
Several women have asked – on social media as well as the private Facebook group – what are the alternatives? As an advocate for natural healing and self care, I thought it’d make sense to have an all inclusive guide to holistic feminine care circulating the internet streets for all the women who were tired of the status quo and wanted real solutions.
While I’m trying my best to be thorough, this is not an end-all be-all list. It will grow in time as I learn more and I invite you to share your own useful info in the comments.
Since most of my lovely readers haven’t made it to menopause yet, let’s start with the basics. Sanitary products it is…
Complete Guide to Holistic Feminine Care
Pure and natural sanitary products
• Reusable cotton pads – easily a DIY but you can get premade kits and individual pads from my friend Tiffany at RootWoman, EarthChild
• Organic cotton disposable pads
• Menstrual Cups – one of the most low maintenance reusable options
• Sea sponge tampons – let me stop here because this one may need a bit of explaining. These are highly absorbent natural sea sponge. They come in various sizes and can be washed and reused. As strange as it seems, they get raving reviews.
• Crotchet tampons – washable tampons crotcheted (is that a word?) with cotton yarn
• Period panties – they are made with a special wicking fabric that keeps you dry while still absorbing a reasonable amount.
Natural Feminine Wash
• Honey Pot Fresh
• Queen’s Wash – Ashley’s Naturals
“I heard we shouldn’t douche. What can I do instead?”
This is a question I get often enough and my answer is always the same – steam. Vaginal steaming is healthful in so many ways. The steam brings warmth to your reproductive organs, which is necessary for proper function and fertility.
Vaginal steaming is a feminine health ritual used in many cultures throughout the world to treat various conditions related to feminine health. You can steam after childbirth (once all tears are healed) to rejuvenate the vaginal tissues, restore tightness, and cleanse the uterus. Steaming is effective for relieving symptoms of yeast infection, BV, and heavy periods.
Depending on the herbal blend, a steam can be used to ease nervous tension, bring on a stalled period, increase scanty flow, and combat vaginal odor and itching. The antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties of many of the herbs used in V-steams can help to prevent and cure infection while gently maintaining natural pH balance.
If you’re ready to try steaming, consider the Queen Maintenance Kit. It’s a done-for-you herbal wellness kit that promotes a healthy womb, reproductive, nervous, and endocrine systems.
What herbs are good for womb health?
Now that herbal healing is becoming more widely accepted, it’s a great time to start learning how to maintain the health of your vagina and womb, naturally.
Some herbs I’ve personally used in my natural care regimen are:
• Red Raspberry Leaf – tones uterine muscles and reproductive organs. Helps to prepare uterus for childbirth and restore the reproductive system after giving birth. Great for regular maintenance of the womb. Aslo helpful for vaginal dryness
• Pau D’Arco – The bark of the Pau D’Arco tree is highly useful to prevent and treat vaginal yeast infection.
• Ashwaghanda – I use ashwaghanda nightly in my turmeric tea. It is very useful for balancing hormones and restoring sex drive in women. It’s also noteworthy in menopause where it’s shown to reduce hot flashes and depression.
• Vitex Berry – this is my favorite hormone tonic and I include a small amount in the FemininiTea blend in the Queen Maintenance Kit. Vitex is an excellent hormonal tonic and is especially helpful for women coming off birth control. Vitex is useful for reducing cramps, constipation, headaches, and other symptoms associated with PMS.
• Dong Quai – in traditional chinese medicine, dong quai is the most highly respected herb for women. Useful for painful menstruation, regulating hormones, and improving circulation. Dong Quai is also a wonderful blood cleanser which helps to support the liver and endocrine systems.
• Maca Root – Another great herb for enhancing sex drive and fertility, Maca root is used traditionally to increase stamina and energy. A fantastic (and healthy) substitute for the energy kick of caffeine.
Expect for this list to evolve over time as more knowledge and natural healing methods are uncovered. I hope this is a helpful resource for your holistic feminine care needs!