Yoni Steam for Women’s Wellness
Yoni steaming, also known as vaginal steaming, is a practice in which a woman allows the warmth of herbal steam to permeate the exterior of her vagina. Yoni describes the women’s reproductive system in its entirety and comes from a Sanskrit word meaning vagina, womb, or origin of life. Today, countless women are rediscovering this ancient practice and are awakening to its vast and varied benefits. Many of my patients have used this technique and are amazed at the results, including diminished menstrual cramps, decreased irritability/PMS symptoms, improved menstrual flow with decreased dark blood/tissue, and increased fertility. Yoni steam is an opportunity to reconnect with your body and utilize the wisdom of plant medicine to heal your cycle.
EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE YONI STEAMING CAN MAKE FOR YOU
» Significantly reduce pain, bloating, and exhaustion related to menstruation
» Decrease heavy menstrual flow as well as dark brown “old blood” at the onset or end of menses
» Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles
» Increase fertility, especially when combined with the Mercier Therapy Shared Journey Program
» Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth
» Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse, and endometriosis
» Assist with repair of a vaginal tear, episiotomy, or C-section scar
» Reduce reproductive adhesions/scar tissue
» Assist with the healing of hemorrhoids
» Treat chronic vaginal/yeast infections
» Relieve symptoms of menopause including dryness or pain during intercourse
» Detoxify the womb and remove toxins from the body
» Release stored emotions and tap into the energy that is our creative potential
How does Yoni Steam work?
When dried herbs are placed in hot water, the volatile oils that contain medicinal properties are released. A yoni steam works by applying a gentle heat, as well as moisture that carries these volatile oils, to the exterior tissues of the vagina. The warmth and moisture increase circulation to the labia, causing it to swell and expose the inner labial mucus membranes. These tissues are very porous and absorbent, and the bloodstream picks up the volatile oils carrying them into the inner reproductive system, including the uterus. Thus, the herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus and revitalizes the entire system, allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and build-up. The result is a healthier, more pleasant cycle and a more connected woman.
How to do a Vaginal Steam at home?
Vaginal steaming at home is a very simple and inexpensive process. Lasting about twenty minutes, the steam bath introduces a lot of healing heat and cleansing plant oils into the uterus, cervix, and ovaries. Bedtime is the best time to do a vaginal steam. After steaming, ideally, the woman should lie in bed for an hour under warm covers, to help further release toxins within the body. Here you will find the list of herbs used, as well as an instructional video.
How often should I do a Yoni Steam?
It is typically recommended that women who suffer from pain, bloating or exhaustion during menstruation should steam two to three times within the week before menstruation. After doing so, you should see a change in the fluid you pass when your period begins. You may also steam once after your cycle ends, to clear out any excess materials. Women who are experiencing fertility challenges should steam once per week, and maybe twice during pre-ovulation, to make sure that the tissue is moist and that the cervical fluids are clear and abundant. Expect to steam for three months before seeing full results. When we combine vaginal steaming with the Mercier Therapy Shared Journey Program, we have a very dynamic approach in which we will see great results. For postpartum women, a yoni steam may be done three times per week for four weeks to facilitate healing and toning of the uterus and vagina. There should be no open wounds and no active bleeding. It is best to wait at least one week after giving birth to give your body some time to heal on its own before introducing the warm steam. Postpartum women who choose to do their first steam 4 or more months after giving birth often report getting their first cycle, even while still breastfeeding. Women who are experiencing or have passed menopause should steam at least three times per year for maintenance, but may steam more often if it feels right. In doing so, women will still pass some dark colored dryish fluid each time. It is just a matter of cleansing the uterus of any leftover materials. Vaginal steaming can also help eliminate pre-or post-menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness, discomfort, and pain with intercourse. For chronic challenges, you may want to steam up to three times per week to ensure the greatest results. There is not a point at which it is too late to start steaming, as you will receive the benefits anytime you decide to steam. Vaginal steams are also good preventative care. For those who have normal, pain-free cycles, a vaginal steam four times each year just before menses is recommended. Please remember that in all cases, DO NOT steam during your period. You should check with your healthcare practitioner, including a physical therapist, midwife, or physician, before implementing a Yoni Steam regime.
What should I expect after doing the steam?
The steaming will likely change the course of your menses. Often, material that is encrusted or left behind inside your uterus is expelled after doing the Yoni Steam. The herbs have a powerful effect on the uterus- cleansing and toning in order to heal. Sometimes your flow will change and instead of being light, shift to being heavy, dark, and thick. For other women, it may just lengthen their menstrual flow. After doing several treatments, your following cycles should be more consistent and you should feel more relaxed, rejuvenated, and revitalized. Emotionally, you may feel your body letting go of past traumas and you’ll feel more connected to your body.
Precautions for Yoni Steam Baths
» Do not use essential oils in your vaginal steam bath because they may burn the delicate tissues of the genitals. You should only use fresh or dry herbs.
» Be sure to test the temperature of the steam, by testing it with your forearm first, before exposing your delicate vaginal tissue to the steam, in order to avoid a burn.
» If you have genital piercings, take them out, to avoid any burns
» You can steam any time of the month, as long as you are not menstruating.
Contraindications for Yoni Steam Baths
» Do not do during your period
» Extreme bleeding or hemorrhaging
» If you have a cervical/vaginal infection, open wound, sores, or blisters
» If you have a fever
» If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
» If you have an IUD, to avoid dislodging
One more consideration:
If you have had a partial or total hysterectomy, there are still benefits with vaginal steaming. Yoni steaming is great for all aspects of female health. Even though the physical uterus may have been removed, the energetic center remains and it, too, can benefit from the warmth and cleansing properties of the herbs. Steaming is also great for increasing circulation, which supports healing.
Here you can order organic Yoni herbs. Please note, I have no affiliation with the company selling the herbs.
If you would like to make your own herb mixture, Merz Apothecary is a good resource.
I like this portable Yoni Steam chair. Please note, I have no affiliation with the company selling this product. I am not in favor of plastic seats, like sitz baths for vaginal steaming, as to avoid any chemicals in the plastic coming in contact with the body.
This is another seat option. It is a handcrafted wooden seat, which can be stored easily, and less expensive.
Please contact Dana Sackar, MPT at Flourish Physical Therapy if you have any questions regarding Yoni Steaming. If you are experiencing any pelvic pain, irregular menstrual cycles, infertility, or any of the symptoms listed above please contact me so I can help you feel well again! I would be happy to help!