Updated: Jun 18, 2019
Learn more about vaginal steaming! This popular, new trend has hit Chicago by storm! Vaginal steaming is being offered through spas and holistic health centers from Southern California to New York and is address a variety of health issues.
While it is technically not new as it has been used in ancient medicine for centuries, it is a re-emerging trend to those in the United States. For those not familiar with vaginal steaming, think of it like a medicinal, herbal, steam facial for the vagina.
Typically, they are done a day or two after a woman has had her period to detox and heal any imbalances in the vagina, cervix and uterus. Vaginal steaming has also been known to ease anxiety in women.
• Irregular and painful periods
• Vaginal cysts
• Bladder and yeast infections
• Uterine fibroids
• Scarring from childbirth, hysterectomies and laparoscopies
You can find vaginal steaming currently being practiced in Korea, in Central & South America, you can find it being done in Africa and throughout the Caribbean.
It’s been used in ancient medicine for centuries, it is a re-emerging trend to those in the United States because of reality TV everyone that has a reality show has been on television steaming their vaginal. The Braxton’s, Tia and Tamara, K. Michelle, The House wives of Atlanta and Gwyneth Platero, Vaginal Steaming is becoming a normal part of woman’s health.
How is it used?
Vaginal steaming in Chinese medicine is used to relieve stagnation and coldness in the body, in Eastern medicine it is used to dilate the blood vessels, it increase blood circulation, provide oxygenation and relax the pelvic floor muscles.
Other ways it improves health depends on the herbs that are used along with healing properties each herb brings to the table.
The most commonly used herbs for vaginal steaming are Rosemary, Red Raspberry, Nettle, Rose hips, mugwort, Yarrow, Lavender, Rose petals and peppermint
What to know about vaginal steaming
· The best time to do vaginal steaming is after your period and it is discouraged during.
· You should also avoid vaginal steaming if you believe you may be pregnant.
· Typically vaginal steaming lasts 30 to 45 minutes and care should be taken to avoid using steam too close or too hot as not to burn or irritate the sensitive vaginal tissue.
The most important thing regarding the herbs you use is to make sure you are knowledgeable about them and avoid those that you may be allergic to or those that would interfere with a health condition or medication you may be taking. Consulting an herbalist or a Certified Vaginal Steam Hydrotherapist ia good idea if you are unsure.
Also, make sure that the herbs you use are organic to avoid any exposure to pesticides. Avoid essential oils as they can be overly potent and it can be difficult to discern the quality of them.
Many women struggle with uterine issues, whether it be painful or irregular cycles, fibroids, or infertility.
Despite the commonality of these issues, talking about them openly has become taboo. They're too "gross." They're too "personal." They're too "womanly." As if that's a bad thing!
Though vaginal steams are a somewhat forgotten practice in the United States these days, they still live on in many other cultures.
Vaginal steaming is common practice, "If anybody complains about any problem with the uterus, everybody says, 'Have you done your vaginal steam?' just like we would say, 'Are you drinking enough water?' "
How does it work?
A pot of warm water is mixed with a unique blend of medicinal herbs. The warmth of the water releases the oils that contain medicinal properties from the herbs, creating a healing steam.
Then you simply sit over the pot, wrapped in a blanket or cover to capture the steam, which helps to soften the tissue and open the pores of the outer lips of the vagina, allowing the healing herbs to be absorbed into the bloodstream and uterus.
Oftentimes, issues involving the uterus are related to leftover material from previous menstrual cycles that has hardened along the uterine wall. Following a steam, you may notice some of this release via spotting or discharge the next day, or along with your upcoming period.
Think of this process as steam cleaning for your uterine wall.
Vaginal steaming 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.
It doesn’t work
Of course, there are always those who will have their doubts. Some will say it's impossible, while others will say it makes no sense. I say, think about it. We clean everything with steam! We steam clean cars, buildings, little nooks and crannies, I even steam my hair. Aestheticians use steam to make the skin soft enough to do extractions, the steam allows the toxic bacteria to be removed from the skin easier. The same applies to your vagina.
Ask the women who have seen the results first hand before you write it off as impossible. To these women, this ancient remedy isn't just smoke and mirrors. To them, it made real difference because Vaginal Steaming was the answer to the problems that their doctor couldn’t find a solution to.
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. This ancient treatment for women has stood the test of time, and today it has the incredible potential to significantly improve every woman's monthly cycle experience just as it always has in the past.
There are over 100 different herbs to choose from for your steam depending on your desired effect.
I provide prepackaged steam herbs for self-care which are unique blend specific to your needs. Some common herbs used to steaming include:
Red raspberry: This herb is helpful in toning uterine muscles, calming cramps, normalizing menstrual blood flow and can aid with fertility. You can also drink red raspberry tea as part of your daily routine.
Nettle: This mineral-rich herb helps reduce stress, calms inflammation and is a powerful uterine tonic. It aids in strengthening bones and nourishing the adrenals, making it particularly helpful for women during menopause.
Rose hip: This can help ease constipation sometimes associated with a woman's cycle. It's also a great source of vitamin C and helps reduce stress in the body.
Rosemary: Steaming with rosemary helps increase circulation to the pelvis and can assist in clearing out old blood and fluids that have built up along the uterine wall.
Mugwort: One of the most commonly used herbs during vaginal steaming, mugwort is very helpful in balancing female hormones. It promotes circulation and can help bring on your period. Its antifungal properties also help maintain uterine health and protect against uterine ulcers and tumors.
Yarrow: This herb can relieve painful cramps associated with hormones. Along with its cleansing and antibacterial properties, this powerful herb is very helpful for those with heavy menstrual bleeding.
Calendula: This cleansing herb is great for activating the lymphatic system. It's also very healing for scars or irritated skin, making it ideal for those who are postpartum.
Lavender: Known for calming the mind, lavender also helps to calm the body, reducing inflammation and nourishing the nervous system. This is another herb that can be a daily tea.
Rose petals: Both relaxing and uplifting, this herb is said to help release stuck emotions that can burrow into any part of our body (including the uterus).