Boluses (a.k.a. ovules, vaginal suppositories) are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and provide relief from vaginal yeast infections. These tube-like shapes are solid at room temperature but melt once inserted to release the oils and herbs inside which will absorb into the vaginal tissue.
I used to think vaginal yeast infections were part of being female. I accepted them as normal. I used conventional methods to clear them during my teen and college years; wishing they’d just go away. They didn’t and after my youngest was born, I got them with more frequency due to what was later diagnosed as systemic yeast overgrowth.
I no longer wanted to treat myself conventionally and instead used boluses and Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) to recover my health ‘down below’. B.E.D. is a fantastic healing protocol that I highly recommend. This way of eating is probiotic-rich and free of gluten, sugar, and yeast. Just 2 months into the diet (+ after moving through die-off), I no longer needed boluses to relieve the itching and burning discomfort. I am now approaching my 50’s and rarely get a yeast infection. If I do, they are mild …. all I need to do is pop in a bolus before bed for nearly instant relief and feel back on track in life.
Here’s an online quiz to see if yeast overgrowth might be an issue for you.
2 ounces cold-pressed cocoa butter or coconut oil
1 ounce white clay (a.k.a. kaolin clay)
4 drops cocoa butter essential oil (optional)
4 drops therapeutic-grade tea tree oil
5 drops therapeutic-grade lavender oil or oregano oil
Melt cocoa butter over low heat.
Remove from heat and add clay and essential oils.
Chill the mixture until the cocoa butter begins to harden.
Roll each bolus about the size and shape of the last two sections of your little finger.
Wrap boluses individually in wax paper.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight, glass container.
Insert one bolus into the vagina as needed.
Tips & Tricks
- Make a large supply at a time and store in fridge ~ they keep a long time.
- You might only be able to make 4 boluses before the mixture begins to melt. If this happens, place mixture into fridge until it sets enough to start again.
- Instead of rolling boluses by hand, fill up fingers of a rubber glove (or ice cube tray) halfway up and chill. Or, make a mold with aluminum foil folded several times length/width-wise to form a trough 8″ long/1/2″ wide. Or, purchase molds; what I use.
- Prepare boluses using organic ingredients when possible.
- Wear a sanitary pad to prevent clothes from staining.
- Most women find it easiest to insert a bolus in the evening before bedtime and then shower in the morning.
- Two other ways to use essential oils to combat yeast overgrowth here.
Note: this recipe is for vaginal yeast infections only, consult a health care provider before using if you are pregnant.
A word about The Body Ecology Diet…
If you’re bothered by frequent vaginal yeast infections, I recommend Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.). I could go on and on about this way of eating. I will just say that I personally used stage 1 for three years back in 2010 after being diagnosed with systemic yeast infection. Hands down, I think it’s the best ‘yeast killing’ protocol out there and I continue to follow it’s underlying principles.
Are you suffering from Candida? Here’s a quiz to see.
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Edwards, V. (1999). Basic Aromatherapy Applications. The Aromatherapy Companion. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing
Schulze, R. (2016). Female Suppositories. Retrieved from https://www.risingsunyoga.com/articles/female-suppositories
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May all bellies be happy!