Update: I no longer believe this is good or even necessary
A suppository is a small plug that is designed specifically to melt at body temperature when inserted within a body orifice, the rectum, or the vagina, releasing the active ingredient.
An alternate name that it is sometimes called is pessary.
Making your own suppositories is not only economical, but it is convenient and easy, and you are in control of what ingredients you use.
Supplies you need include:
- Aluminum foil for making a mold, or a purchased mold (I have a perfect ice cube tray that makes little think ice cubes for putting in a water bottle)
- Glass measuring cup
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Butter
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (optional)
- Active ingredient or ingredients
Before beginning this procedure be sure that you have a suppository mold. You can sometimes purchase one from an apothecary supply shop, or you can easily make your own.
You will need aluminum foil, folded several times lengthwise, and then widthwise, to form a “trough” approximately 8 inches long and ½ inch wide.
- Place the cocoa butter and (and optionally coconut oil) in the glass measuring cup, and microwave for 45-60 seconds - just until they are melted. I don't have a microwave, so I'll heat it up in a water bath
- Next, add the active ingredient.
- Now, carefully pour the mixture into your mold, place in the refrigerator (not the freezer) and allow it to harden. When hard, cut into pieces the length of the patient’s pinky finger. I just cut the ones I make in the ice cube tray in half.
To use: Insert when needed. It would be wise to wear a sanitary napkin or a mini pad in case there is leakage when it melts. It will melt quickly because the coconut oil and cocoa butter melt at body temperature.
To store: The suppositories will keep in the refrigerator or freezer for many weeks wrapped individually in foil. Place these in a zip lock bag and label with the date made and the ingredients included in the suppositories. The cold feels great, too!!