Vaginal steams are used in in traditional medical systems worldwide to maintain the general health of the female reproductive system that I have been using in clinical and personal applications for over 10 years. They are used to treat vaginitis, urinary tract infections, to stimulate blood flow to the pelvic area, painful periods, to soften tissues, adhesions, fibroids, and to prepare the area for treatment.
We always use plants, not essential oils, for vaginal steams because the plants already contain the perfect amount of volatile oils. Plants such as basil, whose volatile oils have antibacterial constituents, are frequently used. Hot water releases these oils, and when mingled with steam the oils are able to penetrate deeper into the pelvic tissues as opposed to topical applications like douches or sitz baths, which only reach the vagina and cervix. This method even allows one to treat issues with deeper pelvic organs such as the Fallopian tubes and ovaries. In the same way that steaming your face pulls impurities to the surface, steaming the pelvic floor can draw out old blood near the beginning and ending of your period. Also a warm steam can be very soothing during an active urinary tract infection helping to soothe the tissue. I encourage clients to use this opportunity to urinate directly into the pot while steaming for this issue because they can do so without pain. I use rose as an astringent and tonic along with a sitz bath in the case of UTIs. I like to steam monthly right before my moon because it helps to bring on the bleeding and ease cramping.
This is a traditional Mayan Healing technique and was taught to me by Miss Beatrice Waight, who was my teacher for several years, as well as Rosita Arvigo and Pei Fen Yan L.Ac., my Chinese women’s medicine doctor.
Giving yourself a steam is easy. Clean your toilet, boil a medium sized pot of water and add some dried organic basil leaves, organic rose petals and organic calendula or marigold flowers. Place the pot into the toilet bowl and set the seat down. Wrap your thighs with a sheet or sarong. To do this, place the sheet behind your bottom, bring the sheet in both hands and wrap each leg then lift the sheet to expose your vagina. Sit down and put a blanket over your lap, wrap it around to hold in the steam. Stay on the toilet until the steam goes back down into the pot.
Note: you must be careful using this particular method, it is very easy to burn yourself. To avoid burning yourself make sure the water in the pot is at least 4 inches from the top and always wrap your legs. If it feels too hot stand up and release some steam.
We make Yoni Steam boxes so you don’t have to use the toilet. I think it's way more comfortable and it can be placed anywhere, including outside under the full moon. This box features a cedar frame and Colorado pine beetle blue wood, It can fit in the bottom of your closet upside down and can store extra towels etc. I keep mine in my closet.
Indulge in your very own vaginal steam box, handmade with love and intention. We can stain it or leave it natural. Size can vary depending on your height and weight. Will ship in one piece. Standard size is 15x15x15, larger sizes are available. Optional items include: handles, various wood species combinations, hinged door, back rest, removable lid, Butchers block oil, or Beeswax coating. Click on the images to order your box or steam blend today.
St. Joan’s/John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum
There are some 490 species of Hypericums, many of which possess bright yellow flowers and the signature perforated leaves. Several species are commonly used as ornamental plants in people’s gardens. The perforations are easiest to see when a leaf is held up to the sun and viewed from beneath, it is quite striking to see how much light comes through. The perforatum species is the most common variety and grows wild on hillsides with ample sun exposure. It is an annual, grows 12”-18” high on single stocks, sometimes 2 or 3 stalks will grow from a single base root. The flower petals are bright yellow and the flower centers are a darker yellow-orange.
St. John’s Wort is the plant that holds the healing power of the sun. It blooms around the feast of Saint John (hence its name), on June 24th at the height of the summer. People used to hang bundles of it above their doors to ward off evil. The star shaped golden yellow blooms are collected and dried or steeped in olive oil that results in a beautiful crimson sun-infused medicinal oil. The oil is then used in salves and oil blends for ailments such as contusions and stagnant strains and sprains, particularly in concert with Arnica. During the winter months, it works well in moisturizers to infuse the body with a memory of the sun and to increase one’s sensitivity to light increasing Vitamin D intake (by “perforating” the energy field, allowing more light into the system), which helps to alleviate the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is a wonderful massage oil on children with growing pains. Internally, tinctures from the fresh plant are used to treat nerve tension and nerve pain, and as an antiviral. Mixed with lemon balm it is an effective treatment for Herpes simplex I and II. St John’s Wort clears out excess emotional debris from the liver and blood, promoting a healthy mood and emotional well-being, and is highly effective as an antidepressant. It opens one’s field to the sun, allowing more light into the emotional body, so much so that in some cases it can result in hyper sensitivity to sunlight. It is a powerful liver clearing herb and helps women who have PMS resulting from liver imbalances. Finally, the tea can be used as a topical antibacterial agent for acne. This plant is not recommended to use while on medicines that need to stay in the body such as anti-rejection drugs in the case of organ transplants. St Joan’s Wort can teach us how to acquire true, deep and lasting clarity, and to fully receive the medicine and wisdom she offers one must create a long- term relationship with her.
If you are interested I have some infused oil and tincture for sale drop me a line for your personal blend! firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-380-9916.