Q. I recommend extra virgin coconut oil for vaginal dryness. It’s a natural anti fungal and antibacterial. I use it a a sexual lubricant but also as a moisturizer for my face and neck. Stephanie
A. We have heard from many other visitors to this website that coconut oil has some surprising benefits. Here are a few stories:
“Coconut oil is the best. It has a wonderful light scent. It stays solid until it touches your skin and it is incredibly slick and has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. We wish we would have found it years ago.” Kim
“Over a period of 13 years I think I have tried every organic coconut oil out there. What I have been using for probably ten years now is from Tropical Traditions. I buy the Gold Label by the gallon bucket.
“I have NOT had to use it vaginally but I do use it on my skin about every other day and take two TB daily in a hot chocolate drink every afternoon.
“Even my doctor commented on how great my skin is the ast time I saw him and he couldn’t remember how old I am now. He’s been my Dr. for over 20 years and I am now 67. He seemed surprised about my skin so I told him about the coconut oil. He just said ‘Ah!'” F.B.L.
“My mainstream, but thoughtful oncological gynecologist, suggested olive oil because of ‘stuff’ in commercial products that was considered iffy cancer-wise especially for a post cancer person like myself. We’ve liked very expensive Sylk lubricant found online and at alternative co-ops. It’s far better than drugstore products and very natural schmatural. A small amount goes a very long way.” Susan
PEOPLE’S PHARMACY: Sylk is a water-based lubricant. It contains kiwi-fruit vine extract and is available on the Web at www.sylkusa.com.
“Don’t overlook Cornhuskers Lotion for sexual lubrication — very slick, water based, pleasant fragrance and will absorb into the skin with no aftereffects — use in moderation as a trial. Great on rough skin as well.” Alxzba
“I see there is already a vote for Corn Huskers Lotion.
Been using it for years. It is water soluble, a bonus. No cleanup problems. Easy to use & inexpensive. Great hand lotion also.” B. P.
“While olive oil is preferred to commercial lubricants, I would rank it third. Albolene is first, coconut oil is second. Perhaps it was the brand of olive oil we tried, but it seemed to be a bit more gummy than our first and second choice. We have not tried other cooking oils, but I suspect they would work about as well. Coconut oil is liquid or semi solid in the summer and come fall it becomes a solid, but melts to a smooth lubricant at body temperature.
“You don’t need a whole lot of any of the three so start with a dab and add more if needed. One advantage of the oils is I put them in one ounce travel bottles for better control of the amount used. You have to float the coconut oil in a bit of warm water in cooler weather. Albolene needs a small plastic travel jar as the container is large and we only take out a tablespoon or two for convenient storage near the bed stand.” D.W.D.
“For years I have used Queen Helene brand cocoa butter creme! The only drawback is that it is extremely slippery so it has to be used in moderation. There are several great things about this product though. It is inexpensive; I buy mine at the local super WalMart. If you are embarrassed about buying sexual products this is considered a moisturizer and is found in that isle. Especially during the summer months I do, in fact use it for a heavy moisturizer especially for my feet at night. What a great multi-purpose product!” R.L.H.
We have also heard from a visitor to this site that Aloe vera gel can be helpful, though we suggest testing it first on the inside of elbow. Some people are allergic to aloe vera and it would be unpleasant to experience dermatitis in private areas.
“My husband and I can’t use KY Jelly or any other brand of lubricant we have tried. They make me itch and burn.
“We have found, though, that the slimy gel that oozes from aloe leaf when you break off a piece is a very good lubricant. I hope this will add to your uses of aloe vera and help another couple.”
Please share your own favorite moisturizer in the comment section below.