Yoni Steam (\ˈyō-nē): An Ancient practice used in many cultures to promote overall vaginal health. It is a gentle and effective care practice that utilizes heat & organic herbs/salts to assists the body’s natural cleansing capabilities.
Herbal vaginal steaming is an ancient practice known to be deeply nourishing and supportive for women as a part of many rituals for connecting with the wisdom that resides in the womb, for cleansing, tonifying, and healing our sacred heart center.
Medicinal steam from the healing herbs warms the inner and outer organs, which helps increase circulation to both the vagina and womb. This increased blood can result in a number of things:
It can help rejuvenate the reproductive system through fresh blood supply.
It can bring vitality to the internal and external vaginal tissue (think about how great the skin on your face looks after a facial massage — that’s the increased blood flow, and the same thing happens with our vulvas)
It can make for greater sensations during sex due to the increase in blood flow.
It can carry the medicinal herbs even farther into the body, deep into the pelvic tissue, cervix, womb, and vagina.
For new mamas, the increased circulation can help speed up tissue repair necessary after any damage done during labor. *Authors note here, in most Southern and Central American cultures, yoni-steams are done very soon after the birth for healing and toning. In American culture we seldom honor the world-wide ancient wisdom of keeping new mothers warm and moist, massaged with oils, bound with cloths, and her yoni steamed.
There are many different blends you can use for various conditions. If you’re unsure where to start, please find an herbalist who can help you in picking a blend or even better, work with your plant allies, and those you have easy access to. Often our personal healers are growing right near us!
Any aromatic garden herb can be soothing and nourishing such as basil, rosemary, thyme, sage. Marigolds are sacred to Ixchel, Goddess of womxn and midwives, and are known to have an affinity for the yoni and womb. Rose, sister to our hearts and wombs, is also always appropriate.
To soothe and moisturize, try a blend of comfrey leaves (high in vitamin C and calcium), plantain leaves (antibacterial and anti-inflammatory), violet leaves and flowers (moisturizing), and calendula blossoms (soothing).
To bless the womb: Calendula blossoms, rose petals, basil (antimicrobial), rosemary, mugwort (uterine stimulant), juniper (anti-inflammatory), and motherwort are a popular fertility blend as these herbs focus on the womb and support it. This blend feels very gentle and soft when used during steaming, which deeply honors the womb and yoni.
To tone and nourish vaginal tissue: The combination of rose petals (anti-inflammatory), motherwort leaves, plantain leaves, Lady’s Mantle, mugwort (balance), and raspberry leaves work on the vulva and bring deep nourishment, both internally and externally.
To balance vaginal bacteria: Rose petals, calendula blossoms, yarrow flowers and leaves, oregano (antimicrobial), basil (soothes itching), and chamomile (antiseptic) offer support for an optimal vaginal environment and work on maintaining balance.
To heal postpartum: New mamas should try uva ursi (antimicrobial), yarrow, plantain leaves, sage leaves, witch hazel leaves (anti-inflammatory), comfrey leaves and root, and sea salt (disinfectant). This blend is mainly used to heal from tears or an episiotomy and supports tissue growth and healing.
Please do not steam during your monthly bleeding, a vaginal infection, or in pregnancy. If you have an IUD, keep steams to 10 minutes or less.
Be prepared for some DARK and possibly malodorous bleeding with your next cycle or two. This is your release and healing! Strong work. Let go of it all. And prepare to greet the fresh bright red bleeding of the healthy womb very soon!