Valentine’s Day is coming, and with this DIY flaxseed lube, you and your beloved will be too. It’s easy, clean, safe, and the best part is, non-toxic for both your parts and the planet.


1 tablespoon flaxseeds

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1 cup water

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Simmer flaxseeds in water about 20 minutes, or until it’s reduced by half.

Strain right way.

Take the leftover goop and store it in the fridge.

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That’s it! And remember, this recipe is completely safe to use with condoms, so there goes that excuse. Umbra, our advice columnist, glides through the specifics on natural lube here.

Happy Valentine’s Day! For more detailed instructions, watch the classic instructional video above from your friends here at Grist.