There are surprising health benefits that come with keeping your bush intact and grooming it with bush oil
If you’re like me then you may be the kind of person who loves their bush and prefers minimal landscaping. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t groom ourselves. You may have heard of beard oil, an oil designed to leave beards silky smooth and shiny. Well, for those of us who want to have the same benefits applied to our bushes, bush oil is here and it’s ready to make you feel sexy.
One study exploring the frequency and reasons for body hair removal in a sample of 235 Australian undergraduate women showed that 60% of participants partially removed their pubic hair, 48% of which removed most or all of it. The reasons behind pubic hair removal were attributed to sexual attractiveness and enhancement based on exposure to media or the opinion of a partner.
Anna Luciano, a Toronto-based aesthetician and owner of Lashes & Lipstick, says “people who choose to groom their bushes do so because it helps them feel more confident and clean. The style of hair removal, or lack thereof comes down to personal preference.”
For people who opt for the partial removal of their pubic hair, she says that bush oil is “a great idea for those who like to leave a landing strip or patch as it will keep the hair left behind soft.”
Adding bush oil to your hair trimming routine actually means some added health benefits. These benefits include a decrease in the risk of STIs, dust and bacterial prevention, minimized risk of contracting a viral infection, less ingrown hairs and itchy bumps, regulated vaginal temperature and finally, strengthened pheromones.
Combining the health benefits of natural growth with bush oil can leave you feeling safe and sexy. Bush oil is a personal grooming product made of essential oils and fatty acids with various benefits designed to keep your pubic hair soft and clean. While ingredients vary depending on the brand, each concoction has a carrier oil and an essential oil.
Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils to make them safe for use on skin. According to Aroma Web, carrier oils are derived from the fatty portions of vegetables such as seeds, nuts and kernels while essential oils are derived from leaves, bark, roots, and other aromatic botanical sources.
Popular carrier oils in pubic hair oils include jojoba oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil, and sunflower seed oil. The most notable essential oils used are tea tree oil and frankincense oil with others including evening primrose oil, clary sage seed oil, rosehip oil, and raspberry seed oil — just to name a few. The health benefits of these essential oils are largely anecdotal and based on historical usage instead of scientific studies.
Erika Williams works at Leaves of Trees, a modern apothecary where she trains staff in aromatherapy. To her bush oil is promising due to its usage of carrier oils and essential oils. Williams says that “carrier oils are softening for the hair and skin and have reparative benefits that keep both supple, moisturized, and hydrated.” She adds that “essential oils help smooth hair to make it feel gentler and silky which, if you are growing out a bush, is important.”
Williams added that the tea tree oil and frankincense oil, two oils found in bush oil, also have added benefits.
“Tea tree oil is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial which helps to heal the skin and prevent candida overgrowth,” explains Williams. “Just make sure you don’t put it inside of your vagina.”
Tea tree oil is made of terpene hydrocarbons, monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and their associated alcohols, active ingredients that reduce harmful bacteria. The oil is not only antibacterial but also antifungal and can impact ingrown hairs by slowing bacterial growth and inhibiting fungus growth.
“Frankincense is popular and researchers are studying its potential anti-cancer properties,” says Williams. “The oil is really good for your skin and comes from the resin of the Boswellia tree. Essentially, when the tree is cut, the resin helps to heal the tree and when applied to your skin, it helps heal scars and can even be used for anti-aging.”
Growing out your bush is a healthy choice in and of itself. With bush oil, you have added health benefits and the joy of silky, smooth pubic hair with moisturized, hydrated skin underneath. Get ready to feel confident and sexy with your freshly groomed bush.