Dr. Rosita Arvigo, a naturopathic physician, herbalist, international lecturer, author and teacher of Maya medicine has brought back this ancient practice to modern women. She lived and studied with traditional Mayan healers in Belize for nearly 25 years, and shares that vaginal steaming is very common among women because it works.
Yoni steaming has been known by women throughout history to:
Significantly reduce discomfort, bloating and exhaustion associated with your Moontime
Ease menstrual cramps
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 Mayan abdominal massage
Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth
Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness and uterine prolapse
Assist with the healing of haemorrhoids
Treat chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and maintain healthy odour
Relieve symptoms of menopause
It’s super easy for you to do a vaginal steam at home. Steep approximately 1 heaping cup of steaming herbs in a basin of hot water, find a quiet place to relax, undress from the waist down, and the steam your yoni for 20 minutes or so. Many women pop the basin over the toilet, and sit on the toilet seat, you could cut a hole in an old camping chair- be sure the bowl is on some books or something to make them high enough so you feel the steam, be creative and see how you could be comfy hovering over the bowl! I used to use a large bowl, roll up a towel to make a ‘seat’ on the edge of the bowl and sit for 10 mins or so.
Now I have made a “Steam Throne” from a broken toilet seat, screwed onto some legs and I make a comfy seat from a rolled towel!
Be sure the water isn’t too hot, so as to avoid burns!! Stay wrapped in warm blankets as you sit. This is a great time to write in a journal, meditate or set some intentions!
Once the time has passed, remain wrapped in blankets and lie down in a warm bed for the night. The herbs will continue to work on your reproductive system as you sleep, and you’ll wake up feeling healed and nurtured.
The tissues of the vagina are exceptionally porous and absorbent, and the warmth of the steam works to soften and open them. When the herbs are placed in the hot water, their medicinal properties, including volatile oils, are released and carried to the surface of your skin, and to the inside of the vagina, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and, ultimately, into to the uterus.
The medicinal herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus, and cleanses the entire reproductive system, allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and buildup. In doing so, we support the uterus to function at its best, thus reducing the amount of work it has to do, and therefore your discomfort.
Vaginal steaming is an age-old remedy that has been tested and approved by generations before us, and its time has come in our modern culture.
I recommend blends from Womansoul, or make your own, add crystals too if you like!
Herbs that can be used
Oregano: Used to bring on menses. Increases scanty flow. This herb is used for its antiseptic, stimulating and strengthening qualities. Oregano is a wonderful herb for aiding in prevention of infection.
Marigold: Tagetes erecta is used to induce perspiration, cleansing of the vaginal tissues. It is also healing to wounds. Calendula officinalis aids in the healing of tight scarred tissues of the labia and perenium due to episiotomy, or vaginal tear. Note: Do not steam an open wound, this could cause pain and swelling.
Basil: May reduce painful menstruation. Helps to bring on menstruation.
Mugwort: In addition to fighting infection through its antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, mugwort balances female hormones and stimulates the production of hormones that help to maintain uterine health as well as protect the uterus from things such as ulcers and tumors. Mugwort steam opens the pores, allowing the beneficial herbs to penetrate into the blood stream. In addition, mugwort helps to stimulate menstrual discharge and ease cramping.
Rosemary: An aromatic and antimicrobial herb, rosemary treats bacterial infection, speeds wound healing, inhibits yeast growth, and stimulates menstruation.
Lavender: One of the most relaxing herbs we have, lavender supports healing, and it also promotes menstrual flow.
Yarrow: Astringent, tonifying and cleansing, yarrow is great for regulating menstrual flow, treating ovarian cysts and supporting overall uterine health.
Partridge berry: Revered as a wonderful herb for the female reproductive system, partridge berry treats infertility, regulates menstrual cycles and helps decrease severe menstrual pain.
Motherwort: Astringent, tonifying and cleansing, motherwort strengthens and relaxes uterine muscles, eases uterine cramping, and may help treat uterine fibroids. Motherwort stimulates uterine tone and blood flow.
Calendula: Aids in healing of scar tissue, vaginal tears, or hemorrhoids.