Healing From The Garden
Vagina steaming is an old, respected treatment for women that has been used by midwives and traditional healers for centuries in countries like Central and South America, Africa, India and Korea. The practice had been all but lost with the tides of change, but has resurged due to a desire among women around the world for more natural methods of therapeutic healing and restoration for the reproduction organs. The 3,000 year old practice is sometimes called V-steam, bajos (Spanish), yoni baths (Yoni is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning temple or sacred space. ) or chai-yok (Korean).
“Dark blood at the beginning of the cycle and dark blood at the end of the cycle means that your uterus needs to be cleansed from within. The dark blood at the onset of your period is what did not flush out the last cycle and the dark blood at the end of the period is from many months, even years of accumulation on the uterine membrane.
The accumulation hardens, darkens and thickens which makes the uterus cramp harder to expel the indurated material.” ~ Birth Institute
Steaming is meant to help treat painful menstrual cycles, PMS, infertility, fibroids, menopause, endometriosis, PCOS, digestion, not to mention a wonderful practice for overall general vaginal and womb maintenance and wellness.
Vaginal steams are also good preventive care. For those who have normal, pain free cycles, it is recommended that you have a vaginal steam four times a year, just before your menses. Menopausal women have reported passing clots and dark, thick blood even a year after menses has ceased.
“The combination of steam and essential oils from the plants penetrate deeply into the cervix and uterus to dislodge indurated menstrual fluids and pathological accumulations that have not properly sloughed off with each monthly cycle. Induration of the uterine membrane causes the uterus to cramp fiercely to expel the hardened or thickened accumulation.” ~ Birth Institute
source: Birth Institute
What to Know When Getting A Vaginal Steaming
Whether you go to a spa for a vagina steaming or whether you do it yourself, make sure that only organic herbs are used. The last thing you want to do is allow for toxins through pesticides to penetrate your bloodstream.
Vaginal steaming should take from about 20-45 minutes.
Make sure that the steam is not too hot or close as you do not want to burn your skin.
Avoid any herbs that you have allergies to.
Please do not use essential oils in liquid form for vaginal steams as they are far too concentrated for this purpose.
You can do vaginal steaming at home (instructions below). You can also get them at spas and holistic health centers. Many holistic practitioners offer vaginal steaming ranging in price from $20 to $330 and typically offer a pelvic (abdominal) massage along with it when offered in higher price ranges.
The best time to have a vaginal steam is before or after your period. It is discouraged to do them during menstruation or if you think you may be pregnant.
It is normal to have some discharge or slight cramping the day after a vaginal steam, particularly after the first time you do it.
There are no studies that have reviewed health claims for vaginal steaming, so many western practitioners find it to be simply an unknown. However, if you are open to Eastern medicine you know that many things have been long proven regardless of studies. The problem with studies is that typically someone has to be able to make money off of a product in order to fund it for a study. Being that these are common herbs there is simply no incentive to have any studies done to determine if there are measurable health improvements other than personal testimonials. There are plenty of those that say that vaginal steaming has helped them so as long as you are safe in your practice of vaginal steaming it seems like something that could be beneficial for most women.
Douching and shower heads do not allow for the pores to open as well which is why vaginal steaming is the most efficient way to allow the herbs to penetrate deep into the body. Also, drugstore douches can disrupt a healthy pH balance, which will not happen if you use the right herbs for vaginal steaming.
How does the steam and herbs penetrate the cervix? Holistic practitioners indicate that the steam thins the mucus (similar to clearing a nasal passage) and allows the herbs to penetrate the vaginal tissue which is mucosal and epithelial. This means it is very porous and absorbent.
source: Holistic Wisdom
Vaginal steaming at home is a very simple process that involves water, vaginal steam herbs, a blanket and a chair:
Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add about 1 cup of your herbs mixture, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes. Test the steam temperature on the inside of your wrist — only use warm steam, not hot.
The objective is to sit over the steam while tenting your lower body. You can do this by placing the pot on a chair and sitting on it, or by placing the pot under a chair with slits or a hole made for your steaming purposes. Steam, tented with your blanket from the waist down for at least 15-20 minutes. It is best to cleanse before and put your feet up and rest after your steam. Do not use it if you have any broken skin, an infection or while menstruating.
Steam Herbs You Can Use:
Red Rose Petals
St. John’s Wort