I try to take a few days out of the week for some self care, but once a week I have a full blown groom sesh. This includes the usuals like exfoliate, face mask, hair mask, eyebrows, and steaming my lady parts. Yes, you read that correctly ... I steam my lady bits. While this sounds crazy, it’s actually something that has been practiced for years and years.
Women in Africa, Asia, and Central America have been using this simple trick to keep themselves clean, healthy and regulated for CENTURIES.
The way I see it, if I’m deep conditioning my hair and skin, why wouldn’t I do the same down there? Wanna know why I do it? Keep on reading
improves menstruation cycle
MOne of the main reasons why I started steaming, aside from wanting to show my vagina some TLC is because I was sick and tired of irregular painful periods. Legend has it that the herbs/oils are carried via steam into your va-jay and then they enter your uterus and then your ancestors dance around and your period becomes regulated. TOTALLY KIDDING, what I’m not kidding about is how quickly my period was regulated and how not bloated I was. I know it sounds completely far fetched but tell that to regulated period.
Heals the womb
So the word “yoni” actually comes from a Sanskrit word meaning “womb, woman, life” basically just explaining how amazing we are. Sadly now a days I know way too many amazing ladies that suffer from challenges such as uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. In the same way that yoni steaming supports the uterus to shed old blood, it can help the miraculous organ to expel any non-essential tissue or cells, including polyps, cysts or endometrium growing outside the uterus. The result is a healthier womb, inside and out.
The same way you do a social media/internet detox for your mind, or a food detox after you ate too many chips over the weekend, you’ll do the same for your lady parts. Yoni steaming works similarly to the way a steam room is used to draw toxins out of your body via the skin, or an herbal steam is used to clear congestion from your nasal passages when you have a cold. Likewise, steaming the exterior of your vagina draws out toxins and clears congestion from your womb.
Honestly, TMI but I am a prude. It’s true .. it’s sad but true. After I started steaming regularly my prudish tendencies slowly began to shed. The more I looked into it is when I learned that steaming increases circulation and increases lubrication. I’m not sure if it was the steaming, or the supplements I take but my libido increased tremendously.
Helps increase fertility
This one might be scary for some of you guys but you guys should be using protection anyways! (Its a scary world out there, take care of yourselves and your vaginas haha) but steaming helps increase fertility. My husband and I were trying for baby boy for a few months before I started steaming and after about a month of steaming I ended up pregnant. It might have been a coincidence but I’m just speaking from my personal experience. There may be many reasons for fertility challenges, but one of those reasons is induration (hardened lining) and buildup of old material in the venous lakes (folds) on the uterine walls. By breaking up this excess material and releasing it through menstruation, the uterine walls are prepared for a fertilized egg to attach and thrive.
Speeds up recovery after birth
I was really excited to go back to steaming after I had my little one. I began steaming as soon as I got back home from the hospital although it’s recommended to wait at least a week. On only two occasions did I have to use the cooling pads and I had stopped bleeding about 2 weeks postpartum, I would like to think it had to do with the steaming. The ancient remedy is thought to clear any remaining material from the uterus after birth, assist with the repair of a vaginal tear, episiotomy, or C-section scar, and encourage the tissue to tighten.
It’s just nice.
For me, I use this time to meditate. I think about my week and all the things that I’m grateful for. Even if it’s just a crazy old wives tale, it’s still time I get to take for myself to just relax.
You can either
PREPARE THE STEAM HERBAL INFUSION
what herbs should I use?
You don’t NEED herbs to have a successful steaming sesh, I hardly ever used herbs at first and I was still able to reap benefits but if you do want to use herbs here’s a list of what to look for.
These herbs increase blood circulation within the reproductive organs and address stagnation. They assist in toning the pelvic floor, healing vaginal scars and may reduce hemorrhoids.
Cleansing herbs include
Disinfecting herbs are antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, astringent, tightening and anti-inflammatory in nature. These herbs help to clear heat, expel toxicity and reduce inflammation. They protect cells from damage by free radicals and may prevent cancer cells from replicating as well as halt tumors from growing.
Disinfecting herbs include
Blood tonic herbs
Blood tonic herbs provides nutrients such as iron and B-vitamins to build back up blood after menstruating & avoid anemia.
Blood tonic herb includes
Uterine tonic herbs
A uterine tonic herb stabilizes and supports the uterus, purifies the blood and promotes healing after uterine surgery
If you don’t have any of these herbs, you can just use your favorite tea or essential oil for scent. This is your time so you can use it as you wish! Will you try this out? Let me know in the comments!
DO NOT TRY A YONI STEAM / VAGINAL STEAM IF YOU: