Apple Cider Vinegar ACV Douche, Tea Tree Oil Douching, Lactobacillus bifidus probiotic douche recipe

Uses & Benefits of vaginal douching (& lactobacillus bifidus douching)
  • To maintain the ideal acidic condition of the vagina (ie within a 3.5 to 4.5 pH range) if a woman's body can not regulate the pH level easily. Instances in which this may easily apply include after frequent intercourse since sperm is alkaline of roughly 7.1 to 8 pH and menstruation, especially when women do not remove saturated tampons for extended periods as blood has a pH of roughly 7.4
  • To introduce and encourage good bacterial growth within the vagina. In fact, This can be achieved more effectively than suppositories since the liquidity of douches allow them to better penetrate the folds within the vagina.
  • To relieve candida infections. Signs and symptoms include discharge and itching. Yeast infections may occur for various common reasons associated with the lives of many women. Some reasons include: hormonal changes around the time of menstruation; heavy use of sugar, salt and dairy foods and; the use of birth control pills and antibiotics.
  • To overcome emotional, health and social problems that have been associated with yeast infections. Some of these problems include depression, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), irritability, fatigue, low sex drive and headaches.
  • By the way, vaginal douching is NOT an effective form of birth control


Frequency & Timing of vaginal douching (& lactobacillus bifidus douching)

Healthy women may douche once monthly after menstruation (since the blood's alkaline pH of roughly 7.4 could alter the pH beyond the safe 4.5 upper limit). However, if you are concerned with yeast infections and are frequently active sexually, you may increase the frequency to a few times weekly, depending on the severity of your condition. It is best to perform douches at bedtime.

Things you need for a  vaginal apple cider vinegar douche (& lactobacillus bifidus douche)

  • 3 tsp raw organic apple cider vinegar with mother in 1 cup of pure water at body temperature (roughly 37 degrees C or 99 degrees F) -- OR -- 1/2 tsp tea tree oil in 1 cup pure water at body temperature -- OR -- roughly 1/8 tsp lactobacillus bifidus powder in 1/2 cup pure water 
  • Douche bag (or as alternatives, turkey baster, a squeezable ketchup bottle with an attachable nozzle). Do not use a bag that you use for enemas for douches
  • Lactobacillus bifidus (probiotic or good bacteria) powder in roughly 4 oz of pure water at body temperature to make a squirt-able liquid (not a thick viscous paste). As an option, include chlorophyll to the lactobacillus bifidus douche.

Instructions: how to administer a vaginal apple cider vinegar douche (& lactobacillus bifidus douche)

  1. Sterilize all of your implements. 
  2. Mix the apple cider vinegar with water (or tea tree oil with water). Ensure that the mixture is at body temperature
  3. At bedtime, administer the mixture through the tip of a suspended douche bag and then rest in a lying position. In the case of the tea tree oil, you may saturate a tampon with the mixture and insert it with a plastic applicator at bedtime.
  4. Repeat the following night if required
  5. On the last night of your douching period, flush the lactobacillus bifidus mixture into the vagina
  6. After the douching period, maintain the health of your vagina in the following ways.
    1. Avoid perfumed soaps, vaginal deodorants or vaginal wipes as they may make the vagina's pH too alkaline and cause irritation. Rather, use un-perfumed soaps.
    2. Wash yourself more than once daily during menstruation
    3. Maintain good hygiene in the perineal area (ie between the vagina and anus). For instance, when wiping the anus, wipe backwards, not forwards so as to avoid spreading stool in the direction of the vagina.
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This article has been largely inspired by The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity by Donna Gates with Linda Schatz

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