Updated: Sep 18, 2019
Yoni translates to “sacred place” and is the word used for vagina in the ancient Indian language called Sanskrit. A yoni steam is the practice of sitting over a steaming pot of water infused with healing herbs to restore balance to a woman's body usually after the end of bleeding. Yoni steams help support a regular cycle, aid in relief from UTI’s and yeast infections, reduce cramping, support the healing of endometriosis, trauma release, and increase our libido. Consider trying this alternative practice instead of douching or using medicated creams. If you decide to incorporate yoni steams into your cycle as a monthly routine you may experience fewer or less intense PMS symptoms.
Yay for that!
When should you not steam: - if you are pregnant - if you have any kind of IUD - if you are currently menstruating - if you have any open wounds or sores around your yoni What you will need:
Dried herbs, a small saucepan and a freshly cleaned toilet bowl. Herbs: 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. -herbs list from ahimsaboutique.com
Directions: Using a small saucepan, bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove. Reduce to a low simmer and add the herbs. Cover the pot with a lid and allow the herbs to simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove the lid and take the saucepot with you to the bathroom. Place the pot inside the toilet (Do NOT dump the water into the toilet as this will make the water lose all of its steam.) Gently sit down on the toilet seat. Allow the steam to rise and cleanse your exposed vagina for 15 to 20 minutes.
Always be mindful of the steam temperature. Hold the back of your hand over the pot and if it feels too hot wait a couple of minutes to allow it to cool slightly before testing again
We recommend putting on some of your favorite relaxing music or reading one of your favorite books while you wait for the herbs to do their work. Once you have finished, pour out the water containing the herbs into the toilet or depending on your plumbing you may just want to pour them outside. Wash your pot and congratulate yourself for doing your first yoni steam! You are awesome!