Vaginal steaming is a time honored tradition across many cultures and countries. It’s a practice to honor our sacred child bearing vessel- even if you never intend to have children. The womb holds so much power, potential, and mystery within each of us. Vaginal steaming, also called V-steaming or yoni steaming, is known to increase circulation; tone, soothe, cleanse, and repair the vagina; regulate hormones, increase oxytocin, and soothe the nervous system.
I first began yoni steaming during my 4th trimester, after my postpartum bleeding stopped. Taking good care of yourself and your body during the postpartum can help immensely with general health years down the road. I personally had experienced adrenal fatigue and a very delayed return of my cycle following the birth of my first child, so I knew I needed to take better care this time around. I ended up steaming for 30 days, and noticed not only a difference in my body, but also in my mind and heart. Each steam was an opportunity for me to meditate on and honor the journey of my womb. I used the steaming process to release ties with previous partners and open energy blocking my sacral chakra. One month later, I now feel healed and rejuvenated. I am comfortable in my body, and my transformation to my new role as mother of 2, feels fluid and easy. I am hopeful my cycle will return around 9 months this time, instead of 18 months postpartum.
While there is little scientific research on yoni-steaming in western culture; first hand testimonials of postpartum steaming have suggested that it can help resolve common complaints such as hemorrhoids, postpartum contractions, cramps and bloating, irregular menses, fertility issues, infections, painful stitches, constipation, cysts, endometriosis, incontinence, prolapse, extended lochia, and water retention. Following the wisdom of traditional cultures, I personally plan to continue steaming once a week until my cycle returns. After my cycle returns, I plan to steam 3 times a month, skipping the week I bleed, as a way to regulate and nourish my body.
Wondering how to get started? Here’s a brief breakdown of the how-tos of yoni steaming:
When do I steam?
*If you are in the postpartum period, begin steaming once your blood is no longer bright red and fresh. Steam everyday for no longer than 30 minutes. If found the steam stayed warm for 10-15 minutes.
*If you are looking for monthly maintenance, steam every week, except during the week of menstruation.
*If you are trying to conceive, steam twice a month. Avoid steaming during the weeks of menstruation and ovulation.
When is it not a good idea to steam?
As a rule of thumb, do not steam if you are actively bleeding bright red blood (menstruation, or postpartum). It is also not recommended during pregnancy or if you have an IUD.
How do I steam?
You will need a pot, something to sit on with an opening (or a very clean toilet), and a large blanket. I got my chair here. There are also lots of DIY tutorials to make your own chair.
1. Add 3 cups of filtered water to a pot and bring to a boil.
2. Add herbs, if desired (steaming with plain water on its own is cleansing and tonifying. Herbs simply enhance the steam), and steep, covered, for 5 minutes.
3. Place the pot under the yoni steam stool, or inside the toilet bowl. Remove the lid and check the temperature of the steam rising from the pot, to ensure it’s not too hot for your bottom.
4. Undress from the waist down and wrap a blanket around your legs/bottom half once you sit down to prevent steam from escaping and to stay warm.
5. Steam from 10-30 minutes, but no longer than 30 minutes. You could practice meditating, do some deep, rhythmic breathing, write down any messages or thoughts that come up in a journal, or simply enjoy the quiet space.
6. Be sure to stay hydrated while steaming. Be sure to get plenty of rest and allow your body to recover and heal itself. Steaming before bed is an ideal time, so you can sleep after.
Interested in trying out our Gentle Yoni Steam?
Our Gentle Yoni Steam is designed to support your yoni during the childbearing years. It is not appropriate for menopause. If you are going through menopause or have a specific concern, reach out and we are happy to create something just for you! Click here to check our the Gentle Yoni Steam in our shop!
The Gentle Yoni Steam contains:
Nettles- Nettles are rich in nutrients and support the body’s ability to create new blood cells (important after losing so much blood either during postpartum or menstruation). Nettle is also a tonic for the kidneys and liver.
Mugwort- Mugwort is cleansing, and stimulates production of hormones for uterine health.
Astragalus- Astragalus strengthens the uterus, and supports “chi”, or life force, in traditional Chinese medicine
Lemon peel- Lemon supports digestion, deodorizes, and promotes circulation
Lavender- Lavender is soothing and disinfecting