Have you ever heard of the amazing health benefits of Yoni Steaming? If not, then you’re in for a real treat!
First things first, for one to fully understand the reason and the process of Yoni steaming one must know where the word Yoni was derived from. Yoni is the Sanskrit word for the female genitalia, the womb, and the vagina. It means “sacred place” and symbolizes our divine nature and its sacred portal to life. In ancient, Taoist tradition it is referred to as “golden lotus,” “gates of paradise,” “precious pearl,” and “treasure.” Yoni steams or also known as vaginal steaming and V-steaming are a holistic health practice in which a woman allows the warmth of herbal Yoni steam to gently permeate the exterior of her vagina.
Between menstruation, sexual intercourse, and childbirth, the vagina withstands a lot. When you add changing hormones and pelvic floor issues, sometimes the vaginal area is anything but comfortable. That’s why the ancient practice of yoni steaming has always been practiced by countries by Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, Central America and is now getting recognized even in nations that do not practice it culturally like in Korea and US.
Mainly, herbs are brewed in a steam pot, and the container is placed under you or your open seated chair. Blankets and or sheets are wrapped around your torso to create a pocket or sweat lodge waist down. You sit and receive the moist warmth of the healing Yoni steam. It enters your body directly through your vagina and penetrates to your uterus, pelvis, and even up through a deep central channel connecting to your heart so you can feel better in the physical and spiritual aspect overall.
The yoni is the gate to our vaginal canal, and when it’s filled with warm water for 10 minutes every day we’re reminding ourselves that this space between your legs deserves some love too! Studies have shown including the Herbal Medicine for Depression and Anxiety that because of the herbs used in the process and how Yoni acts like a heating pad that can relax the uterus only proves how beneficial Yoni steaming can be in relieving symptoms such as chronic pain or depression.
An ancient holistic self-care practice called “yogic” was first depicted 9500 years ago by a neolithic woman who would steam her pelvis after giving birth so she could resume having sex again — soon after vagine, gina, vajayjay, pussy, foof, thingy came into existence.
What can we get out of Yoni steaming?
There are many possible benefits to Yoni steams. I will list some that I think you might find significant and educational if you are still trying to decide whether Yoni steaming is for you.
When women go through their period, Yoni steaming can help with bloating and exhaustion. It promotes fertility and helps with intercourse pain. Gives us stronger and more orgasms. It deepens the feminine connection. Women who just gave birth can also benefit from Yoni steaming since it repairs vaginal tears from giving birth or from the C-section scar. Some women who experienced emotional or sexual trauma heal from Yoni steaming too. If you have PCOS, hemorrhoids, cycsts, and the like, Yoni steaming can also aid to reduce it. It can relieve yeast infections and UTI’s. It detoxifies the womb and removes toxins from the body.
How often should women perform the Yoni steam?
For women with a painless cycle, it is recommended to take a Yoni steam bath once every 3-4 months before menstruation. Women who experience pain, bloating or malaise during their menstrual period can be steamed 1-2 weeks before menstruation to help remove the lining of the uterus. Yoni steam helps moisten uterine membranes so they are more receptive and may improve the conditions for conception to occur.
Women who are experiencing fertility challenges may do the Yoni steam once per week, and twice during pre-ovulation, to make sure that the tissue is moist and that the cervical fluids are clear and copious. Do not perform Yoni steaming if you think you are pregnant. Creating a Yoni steaming ceremony is a beautiful way to support your body and emotions. During the first few days after childbirth, new mothers should not try to do the Yoni steam.
After a sexual trauma, Anytime your body feels violated Yoni steam can be a gentle way to recover. The Yoni steam offers you a quiet time to meditate, give time and make your body feel loved; to feel like you are being taken care of. After a breakup or separation If you are separated from your sexual partner, and you feel like clearing the old or toxic energy that no longer serves you, Yoni steaming is a beautiful way to close and cleanse that chapter of your life.
When is the best time for Yoni steaming?
Mainly, you can try the Yoni steam at any time of the month, as long as you are not menstruating. It is nice to do your steam later in the evening so that you can go to bed shortly after finishing the steam bathing the next day to have the herbs have their full effect.
When shouldn’t you do a Yoni steam?
Yoni steams are not always recommended. There are reasons that we should not do the steam during ovulation; if you are trying to conceive, pregnant, or if you think you may be pregnant. It is also not safe to steam. If you have an Intrauterine Device (IUD), it is also not advised to steam. V-steaming is not advisable for women with internal infection relating to the vagina or if you have any herpes, sores, or blisters present, and lastly when menstruation is taking place.
Some herbs that go well with Yoni Steam
Yoni steaming is a cleansing and nurturing technique that can be compared to facial treatments but instead of your face, it focuses on the inside. The herbs are delicate enough for sensitive areas like how you would handle someone else’s skin with care. Lavender and Rosemary do not just have sweet smells because they’re cleaned out; these plants also have antiseptic properties which help prevent infection when using this type of treatment at home or if visiting an Asian spa-days often!
Lavender and Rosemary are not just sweet smelling herbs that have cleansing and antiseptic properties. The list of herbs and spices that can be used to make your favorite recipes more flavorful, while also smelling wonderful is a long one.
There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh lavender or rosemary when you first wake up in the morning; but what about all those other amazing scents? Lemon Balm is an antiviral herb often used for its healing properties on skin ailments such as itching. Dandelion helps improve reproductive health by relieving excess estrogen (a hormone linked with breast cancer), sugar molecules built up from high carbohydrates diets , toxins stored inside fat cells – yikes! You don’t want any. It also helps ease and treat cramping and heaviness.
Peppermint helps energize, stimulate, and rejuvenate your Yoni . Chamomile is known with relieving cramping, tension, and pain. Also, smells amazing. Yarrow is a powerful infection fighter, great for wound repair, tender, bruised, stitched tissues. Lastly, Uva Ursi is an alkalinizing herb that is specific for UTI and reproductive infections.
Herbs that soothes and moisturize
Comfrey, Marshmallow, Plantain, and seaweeds such as kombu and bladderwrack are added for softening and cleansing, as well as their rich mineral content. Yoni steams can bring deep healing, moisturizing, and warmth to your pelvis.
Guide on how to perform a Yoni steam
It can feel overwhelming when you first start setting up your own space. You may want to get creative and find a safe place in which to practice, like the bathroom or bedroom for example. After you’ve done it a few times, you will see how easy it is to set up. Place your steam bowl where you’ll have room and be comfortable. Be sure to wear socks or place the chair on carpeting for warmth.
Start a pot of 3–4 quarts of water to boil with a lid. Once you have a rolling boil, turn the heat down, add one cup of well-packed dry herbs and seaweed (one quart of fresh herbs) to the water and simmer for 5–10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let steep for another 10 minutes with the lid on always. You want to keep the essential oils of the herbs in the steam and not let them escape.
Meanwhile, gather a sheet, towels, and wool blanket to drape around you while you sit. They should be wrapped around you once you sit down to form a sort of sweat lodge for the lower half of your body. Use pillows behind you, and towels on top of the seat, if desired.
Once you are ready to sit and steam, transfer the herb pot under the open seat of the chair. Sit down, get comfortable, get your draping around you, and then open the lid of steam. Adjust to the heat and use the draping to allow in fresh air if needed while you get settled; otherwise, close the steam tent up so that no cold air comes in. Then, settle into your Yoni steam.
Relax, meditate, read something inspirational, play music, connect with the uterus, vagina, pelvis and receive what the body has to convey.
Vaginal steaming is best for about 20 to 30 minutes. Listen to your body. Repeat as needed. Use steam throughout the cycle, focusing on the week leading up to bleeding. Do not use during menstruation or pregnancy. Postpartum and new post menopause are ideal times to smoke to promote uterine cleansing.
What to expect after Yoni Steaming
Immediately after Yoni steaming, you might feel extremely relaxed, emotional, or tired. Next, remain wrapped in warm blankets and rest in a warm bed for the night. The Yoni bath herbs will continue to work on your reproductive system as you sleep, and you will wake up feeling refreshed, taken care of, and loved.
In the days following, there are several things you might experience; changes in your cycle, a lighter period, the release of dark blood, clots, and heightened feminine awareness. You might notice changes right away or more subtly.
In closing, Yoni steams offer the potential for us to restore the disconnect from our Yoni/uterus, whether that be from trauma, violations, abuse, surgeries, or just cultural disconnect. Yoni steaming is a self-health practice to restore health and balance your menstrual cycles, ease the transition through life phases, unlock the intimate magic of your womb, and release toxic emotions such as stress, tension, and stagnation.
So, what’s the verdict? Is Yoni steaming beneficial for women’s health? There are a lot of anecdotal reports of positive outcomes, but as with anything related to our bodies, everyone is different. What works for one woman might not work for another due to biological factors. It’s important to listen to your own body and experiment with different methods until you find something that feels good and benefits your unique physiology. If you do decide to try Yoni steaming, start slow and pay attention to how your body responds. And always consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns about your reproductive health. Have you tried Yoni steaming before? Let me know in the comments section below!