Having a sex life is natural; sex is good, but not everybody is doing nearly enough of what they should. We’re busy, we’re stressed out, and we’re tired, but that’s precisely why we should be having more sex. Being intimate cuts heart attack risk, burns calories, reduces endorphins, and boosts immunity. But in a technology-addled world where we’re often more intimate with our iPhones than our active or would-be lovers, sometimes you need a few tips. It’s time to slow down and put some eco into your sex. Here are ways to spice up the bedroom, au naturel.

Ways to Spice Up The Bedroom #1. Fall In Love With Your Own Body

Eco-sex starts with your own body. Practice being Cleopatra from the moment you wake in the morning until your lover arrives to pick you up (or just comes home from work). If you haven’t already begun exercising toxic chemicals from your beauty routine, let better sex be your clarion call. Cleansing and moisturizing with EWG-approved products or DIY organic essential oil blends will make you look and feel beautiful. Falling in love with your own body is step No. 1 for a healthy sex life: Give your temple the respect it deserves.

Ways to Spice Up The Bedroom #2. Entertain Aphrodisiacs

Nibble on vegan and organic aphrodisiacs. Skip the heavy, artery-clogging, erection-killing steak and champagne dinner. Try a vegan and/or raw meal laced with aphrodisiacs like asparagus, ginger, avocado, and artichoke (to turn on women) and cinnamon, mango, squash, pumpkin, and cayenne (to turn on the guys). Ginger and basil do double-duty, seducing both sexes.

Ways to Spice Up The Bedroom #3. Light It Up

Let there be candlelight. Particularly if you’re in a long-term relationship where it seems as if you and your partner are having a threesome with the television. It’s nice to ditch the grid, at least for an evening. Turn off all the electric lights and create a sensual, subtle, skin-flattering glow. Conventional candles are often made from toxic paraffin, so go for ethically sourced, eco-friendly, fair-trade varieties when possible. Cheekily named (“Morning Wood” and “One Night Stand”) candles from A Scent of Scandal are vegan with cotton wicks. Essoya Candles use non-GMO soy and stimulating essential oil blends. Or try doing a craft night with your lover: Make candles together before you make love.

Ways to Spice Up The Bedroom #4. Slip Into Something Natural

Wear sustainable skivvies. When sex gets too routine, the old cliche about lingerie really does work — especially when your panties are made from the good stuff. Forget the mass-produced Victoria’s Secret or even the Agent Provocateur. Slip on underwear made from natural textiles like organic cotton and bamboo, and let the fireworks begin. Araks and Urban Fox make gorgeous, simple and sexy bras, panties, and teddies that both you and your lover will fancy.

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Ways to Spice Up The Bedroom #5. Stay Ethical Right Down To…

Make your safe sex sustainable sex. The amazing folks behind Sir Richard’s Condom Company have created the first ethical condom. Vegan (certified by PETA), and sourced from sustainable latex, Sir Richard’s donates a condom to a developing country for every one you buy. Consider them the Tom’s Shoes of the sex industry. Luckily your pleasure is just as important to them as ethics are: The ultra-thin variety are seriously thin condoms that feel barely there. They’re also stylishly packaged and available at Whole Foods.

Ways to Spice Up The Bedroom #6. Oil Up Your Libido

Rub on some DIY massage oil. Coconut oil, the magical elixir that can be used in your hair, as a makeup remover, as a vegetable sauté, or in your smoothie is also a wonderful massage oil. Try putting a few drops of lavender and ylang-ylang essential oil (for stress-reduction) or neroli oil to stimulate libido.

Ways to Spice Up The Bedroom #7. Make Things Slippery

Make your lube organic. The conventional lube you find in the corner drugstore likely includes endocrine-disrupting parabens. Even some of the “natural” brands still have glycerin, which isn’t necessarily a toxic ingredient in other products, but not something you want near your nether regions. Glycerin strips the vagina of moisture, making it raw and more susceptible to yeast infections and even STIs.

[Editor’s Note: Experiment with organic brands like Curious with botanicals.]

Ways to Spice Up The Bedroom #8. Create An Adult Toy Box

Try sustainable sex toys. Yes, they require power. But that doesn’t mean they’re less than natural. The pleasure-pioneers at JimmyJane have created a line of sustainable, medical-grade, rechargeable silicone sex toys that last practically forever, unlike the throwaway, pthlalate-laced, plastic dildos of yore. These toys are gorgeous pieces of high-end design that belong on top of your night table instead of hidden in the drawer.

Ways to Spice Up The Bedroom #9. Take It Out Of The Bedroom

Do it in the woods. You can, and you should change sexual venues. Find a safe, secluded spot in the wilderness and surrender to the wind and the leaves and the trees.

This article was published with permission from author Stefanie Iris Weiss.

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