WTH (what the hell) is Vaginal Steaming? Vaginal steaming, Yoni steaming, steam baths, V steam, are all different names for the same practice. Yoni means vagina in Sanskrit. Vaginal steaming is a women’s health practice of sitting above a pot of hot water with your lady bits exposed and allowing the steam to rise. The best way to explain why vaginal steaming is beneficial for uterine health is to talk about the other ways we use steam for health. Steam is used to clear your sinuses when you’re sick....right? You stand over a pot of boiling water and breathe in the steam. The hot water in the air loosens the mucus that builds up when you have a cold so that it’s easier to get rid of the gunk and you’re not so congested. The steam also increases circulation in your sinuses so you get fresh blood flow. Steam is used in spa facials to open pores. When you go to a spa they put damp, hot towels on your face so the steam can open your pores and you can get a deeper clean. Steam is used in saunas to promote sweating and aid detoxification. We go to the sauna to steam our whole body. Sweating helps with detox since your skin is your largest detox organ. Detoxifying helps the body release the things it no longer needs. The benefits of vaginal steaming are the same. Steam helps to release old residue, to clear away built up mucus, to increase circulation. The uterus is a self cleaning organ, but like all of our organs these days it’s needs support too.
Vaginal steaming is a very gentle practice. The steam is warm, but not scalding. Steam can penetrate easily into your skin and tissues, helping to release any old residue and increase circulation to your reproductive organs. What are the benefits of vaginal steaming? The immediate benefits are calm and relaxation. Steaming is very pleasant and will quickly become one of your favorite self care routines....I promise you that! The long term benefits of vaginal steaming include:
Less painful periods, reduced cramping
Regular periods. Long cycles shorten, short cycles lengthen
Potential decrease in fibroids and cysts
Reduction in black or brown bleeding
Potential increased fertility
Faster postpartum recovery
Return of missing periods
Reduction in large clots during menses
Manage herpes outbreaks
Increased natural lubrication
Why haven’t I heard of Yoni Steaming before? There are dozens of countries that currently practice vaginal steaming regularly for reproductive care. It’s just a new concept in the states. In fact, vaginal steaming is practiced on every continent and is referenced in literature going back thousands of years. This is one of the ways women cared for themselves, and protected their fertility, before modern medicine was available.
The way we deal with women health issues right now is with the birth control pill or surgery. Those are the two main routes offered when your hormones or fertility are out of whack. The birth control pill has been around since 1960s. And modern gynecology with hysterectomies, only started in the late 1800s.
So what did women do before that? They used techniques like vaginal steaming regularly to keep themselves healthy and protect their fertility. Our society doesn’t teach us how to care for fertility, it only teaches how to prevent pregnancy. Vaginal steaming is one of the traditions that was lost when we stopped looking at health holistically, from preventative standpoint, and started using drugs and surgery to solve our problems.
Vaginal steaming may be a new concept to you and I encourage you to give it a try! It’s like taking your Yoni to the spa boo. Does vaginal steaming help specific conditions? There are some signs that indicate you may get some extra benefit from steaming.
Brown or black blood any time during your cycle
Long periods, more than 7 days
Long cycles, over 36 days
Short cycles, less than 26 days
Yellow or green discharge
Past sexual trauma
Women! All women! (over the age of 13, that is…) And we recommend Natural Roots LLC "honey pot" yoni steaming herbal blend.
In our special yoni blend you will receive..:100% natural and organic Red Clover( helps reduces hot flashes in menopausal women, relieves PMS symptoms, can help prevent cancer and blood clots) , Calendula ( cleansing, lessens inflammation and cramps), Raspberry Leaf (strengthens and tones the uterine and pelvic muscles, and is a pelvic and uterine relaxant. Also helps balance hormones), Oregano Leaf (antibacterial, cell repair, soothing, brings circulations, and cleansing to the uterus.), Mugwort (helps stimulates the uterus and helps with irregular periods), Motherwort (helps with anxiety and absent periods), Chamomile (anti-inflammatory helps with cramps and relaxation), Yarrow Leaf Flower (helps promote sweating for detoxing, an astringent, cleansing and helps help fight infection ), Rosemary (improve blood circulation, strengthens and tones the uterine and pelvic muscles, and is a pelvic and uterine relaxant.) and Lavender (helps with hot flashes, antiseptic, sedative, relaxes nerves and muscles.).
Who should NOT steam? There are certain times when it’s not a good idea to steam. The big one is you don’t want to steam after insemination while you’re trying to conceive and you don’t want to steam during pregnancy. So in general, if you’re trying to conceive don’t steam after ovulation. You can do it after your period during your follicular phase before ovulate. You also don’t want to steam when there’s fresh blood, so don’t steam on your period. Avoid steaming if you’re in the middle of an infection, the heat can exacerbate things. And avoid steaming if you’re prone to spontaneous bleeding at all. You’ll know if that’s you. Do not steam if…
After ovulation when trying to conceive (Two week wait)
Any time there is fresh, red blood
Risk of spontaneous bleeding
You are under the age of 13 and have not gotten your first period
Use certain types of birth control that function by forming thick uterine lining (IUDs etc)
Is vaginal steaming safe? Yes, vaginal steaming is as safe as going to the sauna and steaming your whole body. Obviously please use your best judgement and be cautious when around hot liquids. The few bad experiences people have had with steaming involve sitting too close to the water and burning themselves (so test the water before sitting over the pot) or steaming for way too long.
How often should you steam? For most people steaming weekly is plenty....as long as your cycle isn't on. It is not recommended to steam more frequently.
How long should you steam? 10 minutes is a great starting point when first beginning your vaginal steam practice. Certain people should not steam any longer than 10 minutes, and others may benefit if they can steam up to 30 minutes....just start slow and work your way up.
Are there any side effects of Yoni Steaming? Yes, there can be some side effects that you should be aware of. You may feel the urge to use the bathroom. Your symptoms may increase at your next period. This is usually a good thing. Don’t let these side effects deter you. They are all signs that your body is cleansing itself. The first period after steaming may be more intense. Usually the second period is better and they continue getting better from then on. If you tend to have clots during your period, you may see a lot of clots come out after steaming. This is a sign that your body is releasing old residue. If you tend to see brown or black blood before or after your period, you may see more during your next period after steaming. This is also a sign that your body is releasing old residue. If you often have painful cramping, this is the same mechanism as during labor. The uterine muscles are contracting to push something out. Cramping could be more intense the period after steaming as your body works to release anything that has built up inside your uterus. If you tend to have infections, you may feel some itchiness as the bacteria is carried out with your cervical fluid. If you have past trauma, sexual or otherwise, you may experience an emotional release during steaming. If your cycle was very long or very short, it may be a different length next cycle. It should be coming closer to a 28-30 day cycle. All of these things are actually good signs that your body is releasing what it no longer needs. As always, consult your doctor if you are worried. And be sure any herbs you’ve used are appropriate for your condition and you are not allergic to them. I recommend steaming regularly for about 3 months to really see how it will help you. These side effects generally don’t last long and you’ll get tons of benefits if you persevere. Conclusion: Steaming is a really easy, enjoyable, affordable practice that you can do comfortably at home. This is your self- care time so take full advantage of it. Myself personally, I make sure I'm home alone and I set the mood in my closet. I have a candle and my favorite blanket to wrap myself with and then I just enjoy the steam and quiet. Afterwards, I take a much needed nap and then it's on and poppin again :). You can also journal and have soft music playing as well.
PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT USE STEAM DIRECTLY FROM THE STOVE. GIVE THE STEAM TIME TO COOL DOWN BEFORE SITTING ON OR SQUATTING OVER IT. EVEN AFTER IT'S COOL....TEST THE TEMPRETURE TO MAKE SURE IT IS COMFORTABLE FOR YOU. NEVER USE ESSENTIAL OILS IN YOUR STEAM AS WELL.