Honour and Nourish your Sacred Feminine: The Ancient Art of Yoni Steaming
Would you like to create a ritual for yourself to reconnect with your divine feminine, honour your body, and heal & cleanse your reproductive system? Women around the globe are rediscovering the ancient art of Yoni Steaming as a sacred ritual and healing practice. This herbal tradition has been passed on from woman to woman for hundreds of years, and practiced in many cultures around the world.
What is Yoni Steaming?
The practice of Yoni Steaming (aka Vaginal Steaming, chai-yok or bajo) involves letting the steam from herbs rise up and permeate the exterior of the vagina, and has been used to help a range of menstrual and reproductive issues. Yoni is a sanskrit word meaning ‘vagina’, ‘womb’ and ‘origin or life’, and represents the goddess Shakti, the creative force that moves through the entire universe. Yoni Steaming is intended to support, nurture and heal the divine feminine, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
How does it work?
The gentle heat and moisture helps to carry the medicinal properties of the herbs into the vaginal tissues, where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and carried up into the reproductive system. The herbs used in Yoni Steaming blends have many healing benefits – tonifying, detoxifying, vulnerary (speeds wound healing), improving circulation, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, soothing, demulcent (softening tissues) – just to name a few!
Many reproductive complaints are caused by excess build up of the uterine lining that was not shed in previous cycles. This build up can cause the uterus and muscles to work harder to shed it, causing pain, discomfort and fatigue. The gentle heat, moisture and herbal properties combine to help the reproductive system shed this unwanted build up of tissue, which can make your next menstrual cycle much easier, assist fertility, and reduce other uterine abnormalities.
What are the benefits?
Some of the benefits of Yoni Steaming include:
- Connection with our Divine Feminine
Regardless of the health benefits, creating a ritual for yourself that honours your sacred femininity and nourishes your reproductive organs is a deeply fulfilling practice. In Hinduism, it is believed that the Yoni is the source of all life. For a woman, our creative potential is sourced from our reproductive centre. Drop deep into this sacred energy, and unleash your Shakti power!
- Deep relaxation
Just as a meditation practice benefits our everyday peace and wellbeing, and ability to deal with the stresses of life, the practice of yoni steaming can help us drop deep into our bodies and just be. Setting aside 20 or 30 minutes each week, or even each month, for this sacred ritual is an excellent time to reflect, meditate, breathe, write and just be in your body.
- Improves menstrual cycle & eases menopausal symptoms
Many women report reduced pain, bloating and fatigue, as well as regulation of their cycles. It is believed that the gentle heat from the steam and the healing properties of the herbs help improve circulation, clear congestion and dislodge stuck material that can lead to discomfort. Yoni steaming has also been found to reduce vaginal dryness and painful intercourse sometimes associated with menopause.
- Recovery after childbirth
This healing practice was used by Mayan midwives to help tone, heal and cleanse the reproductive system after childbirth. Just as a sitz bath or herbal creams are used to heal vaginal tears, episiotomy and c-section scars, the yoni steam has the benefit of gentle heat which helps the herbs be absorbed into the vaginal tissues. It is also believed to help remove any remaining material from the uterus after birth. (It is advised to wait a week after birth before steaming.)
- Detoxification & Healing the womb
Many women suffer from uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, hemorrhoids, chronic yeast infections, unwanted odors and other reproductive complaints. This practice can help detoxify and cleanse the system, improve circulation, clear congestion, and help shed unwanted tissue and cells. The gentle heat and moisture of Yoni Steaming helps to draw toxins from the cells of the reproductive system to be released. On an emotional and spiritual level, it can help us shed stuck emotions and energy.
- Improves fertility
One of the many reasons for decreased fertility is a build of old material and hardening of uterine walls. Yoni steaming can help clear congestion and soften the tissues of the reproductive system. In any case, this sacred practice is a beautiful ritual to include in your preparation for pregnancy. Honouring your divine feminine and nurturing your creative power is a wonderful practice to cultivate before we bring life into this earth.
- Boosts sensuality & sexual pleasure!
This ritual is the ultimate way to drop into your sacred femininity…and what could be more sexy than that!? On the physical level, it also improves circulation and increases lubrication, and the steam itself feels so good…it can be quite arousing. This is why we created our Yonilicious blend…to help you prepare for lovemaking in the most sensual and sacred way.
What blends do we offer?
We’ve formulated 3 blends to suite different purposes and intentions:
A blend of herbs to help speed healing, tone the reproductive system, improve circulation, reduce inflammation and combat infection. The herbs in this blend have been known to assist with the symptoms, menstrual complaints, yeast infections, irritation and inflammation, recovery and healing after childbirth, as well as fertility and other uterine abnormalities.
A blend of herbs to help you drop deep into your feminine power, and help release stored emotions, move blockages and transform yourself. Many of these herbs are cleansing physically as well as emotionally, and can help improve circulation, fight infection, tone and detoxify. The herbs in this blend have been known to assist with sacred healing ritual to remove toxic emotions, and deeply heal and honour your sacred feminine self. It is also effective for yeast infections & menstrual complaints.
This blend was formulated to help you drop into sacred sensual femininity and experience the bliss of your body. The herbs in this blend have been known to support circulation and lubrication, as well as soften the vaginal tissues in preparation for love making. This can be a great ritual to ignite your passion and promote self love for a more intimate experience with a partner or yourself.
How to Yoni Steam?
Is easy to practice this healing ritual at home. Simply steep about 2 Tablespoons of your Yoni Steaming blend in a heat proof bowl, and find a quiet place to relax with the steam below your bottom for 20 or 30 minutes. Be sure the steam isn’t too hot first, by testing with your forearm. Once you’re sitting over the steam, wrap yourself in blankets or towels to trap the steam in. This is a great time to meditate, journal or set intentions.
One of the easiest ways to create a Yoni Throne is to use your toilet. Whilst this may seem an unusual suggestion it’s actually really comfortable and practical. You may wish to enhance the sacred feel of the room with candles, flowers and other delights that help you relax and feel like a goddess.
- Clean the entire toilet thoroughly.
- Place a large heatproof bowl inside the toilet, preferably one that covers most of the inside of the toilet.
- (Optional – Place another smaller bowl inside the large bowl to concentrate the direction of the steam.)
- Place 2 heaped tablespoons (5g) of herb in the centre of the bowl and add half a cup of hot water. Keep the kettle or jug of hot water close by for topping up.
- Carefully sit on the toilet seat – CAUTION check the steam is of a comfortable temperature first.
- Wrap a towel or blanket around you, to help seal in the steam.
- 20-30 minutes is best for effective healing. You may wish to top up the bowl with hot water to keep generating steam.
- You may wish to use this time for mediation or creative visualisation to increase the effect through intention.
You can also buy specialised yoni steaming seats on the internet…or you could get crafty and build one yourself! Here’s a link to one:
Other steaming options include using a bucket with a toilet seat on top (like this one: http://www.menacemarine.com.au/thunder-box-boom-bucket-portable-toilet), or a commode.
We hope all this information will inspire you to create a sacred ritual for yourself this year.