If you are trying to balance your yoni's PH watch this video!
I was gifted this book by the artist Shawn Lindsay, "Painta," last night and the images captivated my attention. As you all know I am into women's health especially womb health and this book goes directly with my vision of women accepting themselves for who they are. Painta did this book series in 2012 when working a desk job and started to draw vulvas free hand just for fun. The pictures started to gain attention on media and receive more feedback than he expected. Then he began drawing them from reference. Women left a variety of comments from beautiful to ew! He stated as they grew more popular that they were not only beautiful but that they were confronting and powerful. I'd love for all those reading this to keep Painta's words in mind. That we are beautifully unique and that physical health is different for everyone. Each day empower yourselves to love a little deeper and accept yourself for who you are.
If you would like to see more of Painta's "The Vulva Book" or other beautiful artwork please contact him on instagram @therealpainta or his twitter @Painta
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Why would I want to make my own?
Mainstream deodorant has been linked to causing many problems, including breast cancer in women. The harmful ingredients from deodorant are absorbed by the underarms and since most deodorants prevent you from sweating, the toxins stay in the underarms. The toxins get absorbed by the lymph nodes and since they cannot process the toxins the cells become mutated. Mutated cells are in other words cancer. When those toxins spread the first thing it encounters is the woman's breast where the cancer begins to further develop. The reason why men don't tend to have this problem as common as women do is because they do not shave their underarm hair as nearly as much as their counterpart. The hair is used as a barrier and can be used to block absorption via the skin. Without the hair as a barrier, the toxins are easily absorbed into the pores of the skin.
I encourage you to read the label of your deodorant and see if you find the following ingredients.
- Parabens (methyl, ethyl, butyl, benzyl, and propyl): Disturbs the bodies hormones and mimics estrogen which is link to breast cancer.
- Propylene Glycol: A neurotoxin which is linked to kidney and liver damage.
- Talc: A carcinogen
- Triclosan: Is used as a pesticide and kills the good bacteria on your skin.
- Silica: Skin irritant and carcinogen
- Aluminum: Stops the flow of sweat and mimics estrogen
- Fragrance: Skin irritant
Brands to Avoid
- Old Spice
Okay so most mainstreams brands are bad, how do I make my own?
I've been making my own deodorant for a little over a year now and have not gone back to buying name brand deodorants. Now to be honest it can be a little tedious but that with anything when it comes to self care and making things on your own. But it's really easy and affordable.
Ingredients you'll need
- Baking soda equal parts (I use arm & hammer)
- Cornstarch equal parts
- Shea butter equal parts (I use Alaffia Fair Trade)
- Essential oil of choice (I like tea tree oil)
Know that when you make this deodorant that you will still sweat! You are supposed to sweat as this is one of the main functions your body does to relieve itself of the toxins you build daily. The baking soda is used to neutralize the smell. I add more or less depending on if I notice the smell of my underarms. So add a little more if you typically have a strong odor. The cornstarch provides as thickener. Depending on what type of shea you use, you may not need the cornstarch. The essential oil also neutralizes the smell. I really like tea tree oil because it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties also because I like the smell. However, lavender, lemon, grapefruit, or whatever is your favorite will work as well. Use as much essential oil depending on how strong you want it to be and how much your skin can handle the oil. Don't go too heavy just use enough for it to do its job, I typically use 15 drops.
To make my job easier I take the shea butter and melt it before I stir in the baking soda and cornstarch. Once I have a good amount of shea melted in my container of choice I stir in the rest, adding in the oil last. Mix it well, you don't want the baking soda to be stuck at the bottom. It will solidify and be stuck at the bottom and your deodorant won't work as well. Next I place it in the refrigerator so it can solidify for a couple hours then pull it out overnight before I have to use it the next day.
Things to keep in mind:
Know that the results you get are based off of your body and how you eat. Certain foods like eggs, dairy, and meat will make your odor stronger and you may have poorer results with your deodorant. Stick to plant based whole foods to assist with the smell.
If your skin is sensitive I advise you to not be as generous with the baking soda or essential oils as it can cause your skin to become irritated. Ultimately play around with your needs until you come up with a good balance for your homemade deodorant.
Also to put it on you'll have to apply by hand and the baking soda does leave residue. I have gotten used to this and just wash my hands or dust them off after I apply.
Thanks for reading, please comment below your experiences with making your own and any questions you have!
What is yoni steaming?
Yoni steaming is a practice where a woman sits over water that has been boiled with various herbs. The steam contains the oils from the herbs which in turn carries healing properties. Once the water is at a safe and comfortable temperature a woman can sit over it and begin the healing process of the yoni. Yoni is the sanskrit word for womb and/or vagina. Herbs that are typically used but are not limited to: Rosemary, lavender, yarrow flower, peppermint, sage, and more. Each plant has different properties so they can be used for a variety of different needs.
Why use it?
Yoni steaming can be used for a variety of ways including regulating and soothing symptoms of the menstrual cycle and regular day to day needs. Such as but not limited to:
- Heavy bleeding
- Dysmenorrhea (cramps)
- Amenorrhea (lack of periods)
- Unhealthy or unpleasant odor
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain associated with sex
It can also be used for any issues dealing with the womb and the vagina. the anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties of certain herbs can help in the treatment of
- Urinary tract infections
- Yeast infections
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Other STDs (gonorrhea, syphilis, etc.)
- Ovarian Cysts
- Uterine fibroids, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse
It can assist women who plan on having or had a baby with:
- Vaginal tears
- C-section scar
- Increasing fertility
- Healing and toning the reproductive system
Lastly, even if you do not identify with any of the factors above it can be used for healing the womb spiritually by:
- Releasing stored unhealthy toxins and energies from the womb
- Cultivating creative energy
- Restoring and enhancing positive energy
- Releasing energy that no longer serves you
- Letting go of negative emotions tied to the womb
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Cleansing, purifying, and stimulating the womb
How do I do it?
Yoni steams can be done in the comfort of your own home. Some women purchase steam seats which, can be a little pricey. However you can do this in the comfort of your own bathroom. Here's how,
- Use any pot to boil about a quart of water
- Once water is boiling, take about a cup (8 oz) of your Yoni Steam Herbs and place them into a tea infuser or a strainer that is metal.
- Submerge tin or strainer into boiling water for about 15 minutes.
- While the herbs are being boiled, take this time to clean in and around your toilet. You do not want the energy/waste from using the bathroom getting into the steam or your yoni. Grab a big enough blanket that can wrap around your body and cover the floor for later.
- Once toilet is clean, go back into your kitchen and take out herbs steeped into pot. Throw them away or put them into a compost.
- Next, pour the hot water into a separate bowl or pot that is heat resistant and can fit inside your toilet without tipping over or submerging into the water of the toilet.
- Go to your bathroom and place pot or bowl into toilet.
- Test the heat of the water by using your elbow, your hand cannot give an accurate testing of how hot the water is.
- Once you feel as though the temperature is comfortable and safe, remove the clothes on your lower body and have a seat.
- Take the blanket and place over lap and around waist. Yoni is still exposed. The steam is supposed to stay underneath the yoni and inside the toilet, so make sure the blanket is covering the area and floor around the toilet.
- Sit over steam for about 10 to 30 minutes. No pain should occur but if it does the water is too hot. Stand up and give the water time to cool down. Labia will swell, this is normal. Swelling will go down.
When Should i do it?
Yoni steams can be done whenever you feel the need to release negative energy or having problems pertaining to the yoni. It is not something that needs to be done everyday, just use it when you feel the need to take time for yourself and partake in self care. To keep your herbs fresh, store them in a cool, dry place, preferably in air tight container such as a mason jar. Herbs can be frozen and used for later if necessary.
When should I not do it?
If using an IUD or on your menstrual cycle it is not recommended to do a yoni steam. Your menstrual cycle is the time where your body is getting rid of toxins a steam would recycle those toxins back into the body. Do not conduct a steam if pregnant, certain herbs can cause harm to your baby or cause you to miscarry.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I'd love to hear your feedback. Happy steaming!
Why I wanted it:
This spin brush really changed everything about my face washing routine. Before I bought the brush I was using a manual brush that I received from a facial kit. The manual brush made headway on clearing my skin along with my other daily routines but I knew it was time for a new one. I had been searching for one in stores like Target but was having no luck. All the brushes they sold were ridiculous prices that included anti aging products that I did not need. Then I finally came across Vanity Planet and saw that they had a 4 head spin brush. Went to the site and immediately purchased because it was not only affordable but it had the additional spin heads.
Types of spin heads:
Daily Spin Facial Brush: Used in daily wash routine.
Exfoliating Facial Spin Brush: Used every 2 or 3 days. (I do not recommend exfoliating every day because it can cause your skin to break out even more)
Body Spin Brush: Used for exfoliating the body.
Pumice Stone: Used for exfoliating the feet, elbows, and knees.
When I first bought the brush I used all four heads. I really liked the daily and exfoliating brush. I ran into problems with the body and pumice stone. The spin brush is not designed to take a lot of pressure. I read this before using the brush but when using it on the body I had trouble not applying pressure. Going around the curves of the body and on the heels of my feet caused it to spin in an awkward way where it would pivot. This is what damaged my brush. My brush would spin and it would make a clicking noise. It also started to spin slower. So I contacted Vanity Planet and told them what happened and they gave me a completely new purchase free of charge.
With my new spin brush I have had no problems with it but at the same time I have not used it on my body since it broke the first time. If I used it on my body again I would just use the body brush for *dry brushing* but not use the pumice stone on my body. I like to scrub my feet manually because my feet end up smoother. The spin brush is not for heavy duty scrubbing.
As far as my face, the spin brush was able to really clean my skin up. It cleans better than if I were to just use my hands. The brushes really get into your pores. I recommend it for anyone who is trying to clear up their skin or trying to maintain it. Definitely a staple to have in the bathroom.
Why I wanted it:
My first initial reasoning for buying this product is because I noticed that when I was getting intimate with guys that weren't meant to be in my life it would manifest in the symptoms of my womb. Whether it be yeast infections, pH imbalance, etc. I knew something was a problem. I learned this because my problems would only occur when I would get intimate with the "wrong" men. The problems I was experiencing was my body telling me that the men I was being with energy was just too low of a vibration. So I decided to do something about it which, I will explain more in detail later. Anyway, one of the ways I decided to bring my pH back on track was through the Vagina Therapy brand by Nerissa Irving. I had been following her on social media for some years now and when she came out with her Vagina Therapy wash I figured I could trust her judgement on it. Bought it just to try it out and I LOVE IT! All the ingredients on the label are easy to read and natural, I could probably eat it if I wanted to.
Rose Water (Aqua)
Saponified Oils of Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Hamamelis Virginia (Witch Hazel)
Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract
Why are these ingredients good for me?
I'm a big fan of these ingredients for several reasons, first and foremost is that I can pronounce them lol. The rose water and witch hazel is good in balancing pH, it's anti inflammatory and antibacterial. So if you're itchy or regularly shave your vagina, this soap would be a good follow up to aide in irritated skin. Apple Cider Vinegar and Aloe Vera is great for keeping the Candida in your vagina at a healthy level. In other words it helps to prevent or aide in bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.
I apply it like it says on the bottle. Just pump it twice in my hands and apply externally. Being sure to get around the folds and creases. After using it for about a week (and obtaining from lower vibrational sex) I definitely can say my yoni felt brand new. My yoni had no smell and my discharge levels got back to normal. I can definitely say that this is a purchase I will continue to make and would definitely recommend for others to take.
Link to product here
Comment below your experiences and ways you have improved the health of your yoni.