Guest Post by Beauty Blogger, Natural Beauty Vixen
While chatting about this change, she asked if I was familiar with the idea of using coconut oil as a personal lubricant. I told her that yes, it was a very common idea in the natural community and it seemed to be a well-respected option.
She then told me that she would never recommend coconut oil as a lubricant because she “thinks” coconut oil has sugars in it that could cause yeast infections.
I was blown away by the idea that she, as a medical professional, would completely reject an idea based on something she “thinks”.
If she had said, “I wouldn’t recommend it because there have been studies done that show coconut oil to cause yeast infections”, I might have disagreed with her but I would have respected her opinion because she based it on something concrete. Instead she runs with a vague idea that might or might not have any truth to it.
According to Stephanie Tourles, author of Organic Body Care Recipes “…no fatty oil or butter will encourage yeast proliferation unless a sweetener such as sugar, fructose, honey, maple syrup, or molasses is added.” Coconut oil is not made up of sugars but of fats. Ninety-two percent of coconut oil is saturated fatty acids. Forty-eight percent of the triglycerides in those fatty acids are lauric acids. Lauric acid is also found in breast milk and provides benefits to breastfeeding infants.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind if you are going to use coconut oil as a personal lubricant. It should not be used with condoms. Oil-based lubricants compromise the integrity of the condom. And your coconut oil should be unrefined and have no additives.
It protects them from viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections by disrupting the membranes of dangerous organisms, neutralizing their threat. The lauric acid in coconut oil has those same antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. Studies have been done that show coconut oil is effective as an antifungal agent on Candidia species, which is the cause of thrush, diaper rash, and yes, yeast infections.
In fact, because of the increase in the number of microorganisms that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines, it has been recommended by the National Center for Biology Information that coconut oil be used in the treatment of drug-resistant Candida species. So not only does coconut oil not contain sugar that might cause yeast infections, coconut oil can be beneficial in their treatment.
Sharron Pinheiro of Eve Organics, a natural makeup and skincare company, has a line of personal lubricants called Love Butter. Sharron was kind enough to explain to me why she uses coconut oil in her formula. While we already know that coconut oil has properties that are beneficial to the vaginal area, it is also extremely moisturizing. Practicality is a major factor, as well. Coconut Oil is solid at temperatures below 72 degrees. This means the oil can be easily scooped from the container and applied without dripping through one’s fingers and staining everything it drops onto. Body heat will then quickly melt the oil.
Sharron also told me that she has received validation from members of the medical community regarding coconut oil for personal lubricants. They already see the benefit of using it as a moisturizer, and they like it’s purity— no preservatives, no petroleum, no silicones (which are used in most conventional lubricants).
Sharron says, “Some people question how many ingredients our skin actually absorbs (or takes into the body). When it comes to using personal lubricants, you are literally putting this product into your body. So why would you deliberately use petroleum, parabens or silicones, when nature has given us this truly amazing ‘multi-tasker’ in coconut oil? It’s a no-brainer.”
Do you have questions about Eve Organic’s personal lubricants? You can chat with the brand owner at our social beauty site, Healthy Beauty Social.
If you’d like to try an excellent quality organic coconut oil as lubricant, we’d recommend Barlean’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Eve Organics is an advertiser with our site, however this is not a sponsored post.