Ok, so what is a vaginal steam?
Vaginal steaming is a type of hydrotherapy (use of any form of water to maintain health or treat disease). For example: colonic irrigation, sauna, whirlpool, poultice, foot bath and even every day showers are all forms of hydrotherapy. Pretty cool, right?
Vaginal steams, what are they good for?
Vaginal steams have been used for hundreds of years by many cultures including Rosita Arvigo’s practice in Belize. (She developed The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy.) This is her description of it’s use-
“Traditionally known as bajos. [vaginal steams]…are used to introduce warmth, soften and nourish internal membranes, acts as a uterine lavage [wash/cleanse] to support female reproductive health.”
In Malaysia vaginal steams are called bertangas, chai-yok in Korea.
In addition to the above, vaginal steaming has also been used:
- to warm and soften the pelvic floor
- in conjunction with other techniques for fertility
- to improve blood and lymph circulation of the pelvis
- for dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)
- for amenorrhea (absence of menstrual period)
- to assist in re-positioning a “tipped” uterus
- for postpartum support
- to relieve vaginal dryness
- urinary track infection
- for hemorrhoids
- for vaginitis
- to reduce fibroid growth
- to reduce stress
- to simply connect with “down there”
- to relieve lower back pain too!
Who should NOT use vaginal steams?
V-Steams are NOT to be used if:
- you are pregnant, think you might be or not sure if you’re pregnant
- you’re on your period; before or after is fine
- you have an acute infection with fever and/or or swelling
How does it work?
Honestly, I don’t know but I’ll give it a shot from putting together information I’ve gleaned from books, the internet and my own experience. So much healing wisdom has been lost and forgotten! If anyone has info to add, I’m all ears. Some would even say it doesn’t work…I beg to differ.
OK steams, in general, are a type of hydrotherapy, right? Hydrotherapy we know (from above) has been used historically to maintain health and treat disease. Add to the therapeutic properties of steam (opened pores to release toxins, relax muscles, etc.,) the medicinal compounds of herbs. Now you’ve got some hydrosol action happening. Examples of hydrosols are: floral water, rose water, lavender water…but it doesn’t have to only be flowers, a hydrosol can also include leaves, stems and barks.
What we have in these hydrosols are water soluble elements, including small amounts of essential oils (used in the the healing modality of Aromatherapy). Now Introduce this warming, soothing steam/hydrosol to the highly vascular (containing blood vessels) and permeable tissues of the vagina, cervix, uterus and even the anus; and you’ve got a pretty efficient delivery system for the healing properties of plants like chamomile, mugwort, lavender, basil and a huge cast of other helpers.
Why would I want to steam my vagina? And how often?
Well, if you’re interested in a (w)holistic way to maintain reproductive health (if you’re reproducing or not) or exploring a grounding stress reliever, relief from hyper-tonic P.C. muscles, vaginal steams could be your way to go.
Frequency depends on an individual’s needs. As a way of “house cleaning it can be used seasonally or after menstruation. Others may incorporate vaginal steams into a fertility regimen and need to use them more frequently over a short period of time. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions in these regards at firstname.lastname@example.org
OK, you’ve got my attention. How would I use a V-Steam at home?
Glad you asked, here’s how you use it. More detailed instructions come with every order.
After steeping your herbs, pour them in a bowl that will fit into your toilet bowl.
(The toilet has been thoroughly cleaned with non-toxic cleaners like baking soda and/or white vinegar.) Place a towel on the seat, as a cushion.
Sit 15-20 minutes. Afterwards, keep yourself warm and relax for an hour or better yet, have your steam at night and go straight to bed afterwards…zzzzz.