Steam my what? Yes, you heard me right – Your vagina needs some TLC too girl! Vaginal or Yoni steaming, is a holistic treatment which utilizes steam to cleanse and enhance vaginal health.
Your vagina is probably the most unappreciated organ, yet it withstands, menstruation, sexual intercourse, childbirth – including hormonal changes and a host of other gynecological issues. Your Yoni “origin of life” deserves special care and attention for general health and wellness.
Some Interesting Facts on Vaginal/Yoni Steaming
An ancient healing ritual used by many civilizations across the globe including, Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, just to mention a few. Traditional Korean healers have used vaginal steaming for centuries and call it “chai – yok”. Mayan healers call it “bajos” Spanish for Vaginal steam bath. Other terms that are used for this treatment are “Bertangas” and “V-steam”.
So How Does a Vaginal Steam Work?
During a vaginal steaming treatment, herb-infused steam is directed at your vagina. Some spas involve special equipment, essentially it involves sitting or squatting over a pot with herb-infused steam. The gentle heat and moisture carry medicinal plant oils to your vulva; the exterior tissue of your vagina, increasing circulation, and causing it to swell, exposing your inner labial mucous membranes. Your vaginal tissues being thin and porous, allow the bloodstream to absorb the medicinal oils and transport them to your inner reproductive system. These potent oils help cleanse and heal your reproductive system.
Your Yoni Steaming Herbs
You can select your blend of herbs depending on what you want to achieve with your treatment.
- Cleansing: Motherwort, Basil, Calendula, & Milk Thistle, are just some of the herbs used for helping in releasing toxins and old tissues.
- Disinfecting: Rosemary, Oregano, Lavender, and Sage are just some of specially picked herbs that help balance the microbes in your reproductive tract.
- Strengthening: Yarrow, Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Astragalus are some common ones, which are known to strengthen and tone the tissues.
Why You Should Have a Yoni Steam
Connect with Your Inner goddess
Lay aside all the health benefits! Creating a healing ritual for yourself that honors your femininity and nourishes your reproductive system is deeply fulfilling. In Hindu culture, it is believed that the Yoni is the source of life. As a woman, your inner power is where life originates. Soak deep in this sacred ritual and unleash your inner goddess!
Relax from Deep Within
Just as meditation ensures your peace, wellbeing, and ability to handle everyday stresses. A yoni steaming treatment can help you connect with your inner self. Setting aside 30 minutes, for one or more sessions every month, for this holistic ritual is an excellent time to meditate, reflect, and just breathe!
Ease Your Menstrual Cycle
Do you have a rough time during your menses? A yoni steam may be just what you need! The potent oils in the steam cleanse your uterus and release the excess built-up of tissue lining, and congestion easing up your cycle.
Recover Faster After Childbirth
We all know that childbirth comes with a host of complications. Yoni steaming is a healing practice that has been used by Mayan midwives for ages. It is said to cleanse, heal, and tone the reproductive system after childbirth. Just like a sitz bath is used to heal episiotomies and hemorrhoids, the gentle heat from a yoni steam is not only believed to heal, but also helps in cleansing and soothing the uterus after birth. However, you should first consult a yoni steaming expert before steaming after childbirth.
Detoxify and Heal Your Uterus
Many women suffer from a host of reproductive health issues. This may include ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, hemorrhoids, and infections. A vaginal steaming treatment can cleanse clear congestion, improve circulation, and help shed unwanted cells and tissues.
Get More Sensual
The steam itself feels great and is actually arousing! It improves circulation and increases lubrication; enhancing your sexual pleasure. What could be sexier than that!
There have been reports that vaginal steaming is unsafe and ineffective. However, it’s important to note this treatment does not work by blowing hot steam or plant material into the vagina. It involves applying gentle herb-infused steam to the exterior of your vagina.
Gwyneth Paltrow has touted the benefits of V-steaming in her lifestyle blog called goop. Chrissy Teigen and Khloe Kardashian have also raved about this age-old practice. Every woman should try it for its holistic benefits!
Sylvie Karey is a writer, researcher, nature lover, cook and foodie.