Yoni steaming has received a mixed press in the last 12 months after Gwyneth Paltrow admitted that its something that she does. As ever the ‘medical experts’ insist there is no evidence that steaming is beneficial, but it could be argued that there is no evidence because nobody has done a scientific research paper on it! Yoni steaming as a practice is hundreds of years old and the anecdotal evidence suggests that women find it both a soothing and relaxing experience, but also that it improved their menstrual health after introducing it as a regular practice.
The steaming improves blood flow, relaxes muscles and assists the uterus in cleansing itself of old lining that may sometimes be left behind after your period. See the following list of benefits (with thanks to Em Tivey)
– Significantly reduce pain, bloating and exhaustion associated with menstruation.
– Decrease menstrual flow as well as reduce dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses.
– Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles.
– Increase fertility, especially when combined with Womb Massage
– Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth, miscarriage or termination.
– Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, cervical stenosis, uterine prolapse & endometriosis.
– Heal vaginal tear, episiotomy, or C-section scar, and soften adhesions.
– Relieve symptoms of menopause and vaginal dryness.
– Detoxify the womb and remove toxins from the body.
– Emotionally nourishing to support the release of fears and fundamental beliefs that no longer serve you.
So how do you do a steam?
Put a good sized handful of herbs (Yoni Steam Blends are available in the Moon Times shop) in a large pot with a couple of litres of water and bring to the boil, then simmer for 10-20 minutes. Leave to cool a little for another 10 minutes.
Place the pot under a chair with holes or slats (there are specially modified chairs available or even use an old fashioned commode chair!), make sure the pot is stable and not at risk of being knocked over.
Sit on the chair naked from the waist down, and wrap yourself and the chair in a large blanket or similar from waist to floor, all the way round so that the heat doesn’t escape. Make sure you stay warm, cosy socks are a good idea! (If the steam is to hot, remove the pot for a few minutes and then try again)
Sit over the steam for at least 20 minutes, if you can make this a special piece of me time for you, you could include candles, incense, music, flowers and so on.
Keep warm after the steam, either do it just before bedtime or if you can at least go and lie down for half an hour to support and strengthen its effects.
You should avoid steaming if your menstruating, pregnant, if you have an IUD, if you have a uterine infection, vaginal sores or blisters. You should also avoid doing it around ovulation if you are trying to conceive. You can use the same herbs for a sitz bath instead under these circumstances.
Make yoni steaming a regular practice to support your menstrual health and overall wellbeing.
(c) Awen Clement – August 2015