Ideally, you don’t need a vaginal wash because a healthy woman’s vagina is perfectly capable of keeping itself clean and maintaining a an acidic pH of 3.5 to 4.5. The healthy bacteria or vaginal flora thrives in acidic environment. But menstruation, sanitary products, antibiotics, and too much sugar in the diet can all create an imbalance in the vaginal acidity or the bacterial balance, leading to recurring infections.
Use natural vaginal washes after period, a course of antibiotics, and even sex.
There are products galore in the market to keep your vagina clean and fragrant. But as you may already know, these often disturb the healthy bacterial balance in the vagina, exposing it to the risk of infections and, worse still, creating problems with conception. A natural vaginal wash is then your safest bet. What’s even better is making it at home so that you can completely bypass all sorts of harsh industrial chemicals. Here are the few natural vaginal wash that you can make at home.
1. Aloe Vera Gel
You will require fresh aloe vera to make this. Slice a fresh piece of aloe and remove the gel. Add it to 1 cup water. Use this water as a vaginal wash. If you are suffering from vaginal dryness, this aloe gel can help lubricate the dry vaginal tissues.
Yogurt is a very effective natural remedy to clean the vagina and maintain the bacterial balance in it. This is because yogurt itself is a probiotic. It can even treat yeast infections. Apply homemade yogurt directly on the vagina and keep for 1 hour. It is also said to help remove vaginal odor.
3. Lemon Leaves
Lemon leaves have a compound called limonene, which is anti-microbial, antibiotic, and anti-allergic. It can be used to clean and remove any foul odor. It also helps maintain the acidic pH of the vagina (3.5 to 4.5). Boil a few leaves in a glass of water. Cool the mixture down to room temperature. Wash your vagina with it.
4. Essential Oils: Chamomile, Witch Hazel, Lavender, And Tea Tree
This is a great way to help you get rid of vaginal odor.
- Add 1 drop of chamomile oil to about 2 cups of water. Use this to wash your sensitive area.
- Add 1 tablespoon witch hazel and about 10 drops of lavender essential oil in 1 glass water. Mix it thoroughly and use it as a vaginal wash after taking a shower.
- Add 6 drops of tea tree oil in a cup of water. Use this to wash the vagina after a shower.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda helps balance the pH level in the body and reduce any kind of odor. Add 1/2 cup baking soda in your bath water and soak yourself for at least 20 minutes.