Sacred Feminine vaginal steams (also known as yoni steams) have been in use for at least 2500 years. Vaginal steaming is a remedy that has stood the test of time for all women from menarche to post menopause. You are likely to see great benefit if you suffer from irregular or painful periods, infertility, uterine fibroids, perennial tears, bladder and yeast infections, vaginal or ovarian cysts, hemorrhoids or internal scarring from C-sections, hysterectomies and laparoscopies. V~steaming is also recommended even if you are not experiencing any of the above, as it is a great way to soothe and pamper yourself, and is known to relieve anxiety in women. It is also highly recommended to steam after giving birth (once the postpartum bleeding has stopped). After this uterine cleanse, you will likely pass darker, thicker blood during your next period. This means your uterus will no longer have to work as hard to clean itself and your cramps will be less. Repeat until your menses are pink and thin in consistency then you can move to a maintenance routine (Once each season or twice a year for example).
Vaginal Steams have been found throughout history to:
- Treat irregular or absent menstrual cycles. A v-steam may decrease menstrual flow as well as lessen pain, bloating and exhaustion associated with menstruation.
- Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse & endometriosis
- Assist with the repair of a vaginal tear, episiotomy or C-section scar.
- Assist with healing of hemorrhoids
- Treat chronic vagina/yeast infections
- Reduce dark or brown blood at the onset or end of menses
So how does a vaginal steam work?
The tissues of the vagina are extremely porous and absorbent; the warmth of the steam softens and opens them even more. When the herbs are placed into the hot water, their medicinal properties are released and carried in the steam to the surface of your skin and into the vagina, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream. The herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus and cleanses the entire reproductive system allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and build-up. Wondering how to do it? The easiest way in our modern world would be to place a heat resistant bowl, filled with the herbal brew, that fits inside your toilet bowl. Put the seat down and make yourself comfortable for the next 20 min. Be sure to cover yourself with warm blankets to keep the steam inside. Take this time to write down what you are grateful for today, as well as your intentions for the coming week.
*Do not steam while pregnant or during menstruation.