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February is Love Month So Spice It Up!

Love - natural lubricant

Since it’s nearly Valentine’s Day I want to give you something a little different to make that you can gift to someone special. I have three recipes for you to try. And they all make great Valentines Day presents. And just to spice things up a little, I’ve also got a cool Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt that you can play with your Valentine. The sweet treats that you can make are ideal prizes for them to find at the hunt. You’ll find the download link below. Warning – I’m going to be frank and use the words ‘natural lubricant’ in just a moment. If that’s not your thing or you’re not comfortable reading about it, go straight to a delicious recipe for heart-shaped Peppermint Chocolates by clicking here.

Still with me? Great! So, let’s talk about how to have a hot, fun, natural Valentine’s Day.

Let’s be honest…

Before we get to the recipes and the game, let’s get a little up-close and personal. Now… I don’t want to offend anyone. But, I AM the Hot Oily Mumma and the chances are good that you’ll want to know this information at some point in your life. How do I know that? Whenever I run a Healthy Hormones workshop this question eventually comes up. To clarify – women want to know about natural lubricants.

Why lubricants?

Whether they feel comfortable talking about it or not, for many women vaginal dryness is a problem. It can be caused by hormonal imbalance, illness, stress or any number of other factors. Particularly as we age, our bodies aren’t making as much oestrogen as we used to and subsequently this can mean a lack of blood flow to the vagina, causing dryness and pain. As a result, many women turn to lubricants to help this issue.

Why choose a natural lubricant?

Have you ever stopped to think about the ingredients in most lubricants? In a 2014 study in the Journal of Pharmaceutics some lubricants did not meet the recommended pH and osmolality standards. (Osmolality means how concentrated the lubricant is) Both of these things mean that the lubricant may cause irritation, affect fertility and increase the risk of infections. This is serious stuff!

Additionally, the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley found that some lubricants contained nasty endocrine disrupting chemicals such as parabens and even synthetic fragrances. You don’t want these things in your house, let alone on your delicate parts!

Coconut oil – an amazing natural lubricant

With this in mind, let’s take things into our own hands (so to speak!) and talk about using a natural lubricant. My favourite is good old coconut oil. One word of caution though – any oil-based lubricant can break down latex. Hence it’s suitable for anyone who uses condoms.

I love coconut oil because it has great moisturising properties, which make it an amazing longer-lasting natural lubricant. Unrefined coconut oil is best as it’s not bleached like the refined version is. I also prefer not to use fractionated coconut oil which has had the long-chain fatty acids removed via hydrolysis and steam distillation.

Want to discover more about using essential oils in the bedroom?
Click here for my Youtube video on Romance, Intimacy & Essential Oils.

Warning – coconut oil can stain your sheets so keep this in mind before you splash it around. If you’re prone to vaginal infections it may disrupt the pH of your vagina because it has antiviral and antibacterial properties so read on for another suggestion. I haven’t had this happen, so coconut oil is definitely my favourite. so coconut oil is definitely my favourite.

Bring on the recipes!

If you’re looking for something a little different to use as a natural lubricant, you might like to try my Tangerine-flavoured Edible Massage Oil or my Choc-Orange Body Paint. Or maybe your partner might like some delicious homemade Peppermint Chocolates.
Note – always use essential oils that meet Food Standards Australia regulations. That’s why I recommend Young Living essential oils.

Here are the recipes:

Tangerine Edible Massage Oil

Ingredients:
100ml Food-grade Vegetable Glycerine (I use Queen brand)
1/2 tsp Honey
10 drops Young Living Tangerine Essential Oil

Method:
1/ Add all ingredients to a bowl.
2/ Whisk until combined.
3/ Pour into a glass bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid.
4/ Decorate with a label.
5? Enjoy!

Jaffa Body Paint

Ingredients:
1/3 cup Sugar
3 tbs Water
2 tbs Coconut Oil
5 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil
1/4 cup Raw Cacao Powder

Method:
1/ Stir sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.
2/ Bring to the boil and then remove from the heat.
3/ Stir in the coconut oil and essential oil.
4/ Whisk until combined.
5/ Mix in the raw cacao powder.
6/ Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator.
7/ Warm the jar in hot water before use.
8/ Finally, gift it with a small paintbrush and smile!

Peppermint Chocolates

The simple (not so healthy) version…
Ingredients:
Dark Chocolate
2 drops Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil
Heart-shaped chocolate moulds

Method:
1/ Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
2/ When it is liquid add the Peppermint essential oil to the chocolate.
3/ Stir thoroughly.
4/ Pour or spoon the chocolate into the heart-shaped moulds and store in the refrigerator

The healthier (more complicated) version…
Ingredients:
1/2 cup Raw Cacao Powder
1/2 cup Cacao Butter
4 tsp Young Living Blue Agave
2 drops Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil
Pinch of Salt
Heart-shaped chocolate moulds

Method:
1/ Melt the cacao butter in a double boiler.
2/ Once melted, remove from the heat and whisk in the cacao powder.
3/ Add in the agave and Peppermint Essential Oil.
4/ Whisk gently until it is all combined.
5/ Pour into heart-shaped moulds and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

scavenger hunt natural lubricant

We all need and deserve love

Finally, whatever your situation, I wish you a happy Valentine’s Day. I want to say how much I appreciate your support and encouragement. Likewise, that’s what I want to do for you – support and encourage you in your journey towards wellness, joy and prosperity. After all, you deserve it!
Kim xo

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