Why Yoni Steam?
When we steam something, we open up the cellular membranes on the surface of the skin, (think of steaming your face and opening up the pores) allowing the body to take in or to release. A yoni steam is doing exactly that. The heat warms the mucosa and the glands of the yoni (the labia, vagina, cervix and uterus), allowing the labia to open and the inner folds of the yoni to drop down. The steam carries the medicinal properties of the herbs into the mucosa, allowing it to enter the body via the bloodstream.
There are a lot of ways to take in the medicinal properties of these herbs, via infusion/tea, tincture, powders, etc. But a yoni steam is an act of self love. This process allows us to connect with ourselves, our womb center in a truly healing and nourishing way. It is a sacred time to connect with ourselves and to release what no longer serves us.
The steam is typically done mid cycle, (a week after, or a week before your moontime)
- avoid doing the yoni steam when you are bleeding, during your moontime
- have an IUD
- have open sores or blisters
- a serious infection, with fever
Instead, try a foot bath or facial steam. Remember, self-love and connecting with your womb center.
- can reduce pain, bloating, cramps, and exhaustion that can be associated with menstruation
- can reduce old blood from previous cycles
- can aid menstrual regularity
- can increase mucosa lining
- can increase sex drive
- can heal hemorrhoids and varicosities
- feels goooood
- can treat yeast infections and vaginal dryness
- connects you with your womb center
Plants and properties:
Calendula-She gets her name “Calends” because she is known to bloom on the beginning of the month or with the new moon. Which tells us her gifts aid our growth and potential, literally helps us bloom and open to our fullest potential. She is associated with the fire element, she opens us up to passion and clairvoyance. She is skin and wound healer. Settles digestive discomforts, heals thrush and increases circulation. She has heart healing benefits as well.
Artemisia-She is a wise being and wants you to be one too, she helps you to acknowledge and use your wisdom. She helps regulate your menstrual cycle, relieves cramps and generally easing symptoms of pms and menopause. She is bitter herb, which helps with digestive issues and aids the liver. She will help you dream, while you sleep and in your life. She helps undomesticates us so that we can return to our wild and true nature-claiming your independence and self esteem. She aids kind of belief in yourself that needs no external validation.
Rose-She opens and soothes the mind, while helping you to respect others perspectives. She inspires self love, and deepens your relationship with others. She helps to sweeten your soul, increase your love of life and will help heal your ancient wounds. She give us perspective on our inner growth, a rose bush will have all stages of development growing together at once. Bud, blossom, and the fruit. She lets us see where we have journeyed from and where we are going. Her blossoms and thorns teach us the importance of protecting our hearts while remaining open at the same time.
Rosemary-aids our brain health by increasing memory and improves circulation and alertness. She will help with feelings of depression and poor digestion, including IBS. Helps us to work through the things we need to work through be it digesting our food or digesting our thoughts. She warms and stimulates. Benefits liver health and headaches. She helps to lift us out of ourselves, with her fragrant oils, reminding us to breath and to shift our attention to the present moment.
Yarrow-is a terrific wound healer. She helps shrink hemorrhoids and varicose veins. She aids digestion, lung healing for cold and flus, she is anti inflammatory and pain relieving, inside and out. She is a uterine tonic, she helps lessen menstrual bleeding, and reduces cramps and also increases circulation, . Her gifts aid almost every organ in the body. She is an all around powerful ally, giving us confidence, knowing she is by our side if we need her. She will reveal herself to you when you need her most, go for a walk outside, sit in the grass and she will be at your feet.
Your plant ally’s will find you, as you find them. Perhaps, one of these herbs resonated with you. You can spend this year working with her and getting to know her gifts, which in turn will awaken you to your own. There are many other herbs that can be used for a healing Yoni Steam, please be in touch if you would like a personal consultation or more information on plant allies.