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Yoni steaming is an ancient healing practice that has recently been making a comeback into popular culture. A history of yoni (vaginal) steaming can be found in many cultures all over the world. It was a part of a collective world consciousness; something that was innate wisdom for women all over the world. They knew that yoni steaming is an important tool for women’s health.
Yoni steaming can help heal many conditions that women may experience throughout their lifetime such as:
- irregular periods
- menstrual cramping
- prolapsed uterus
- vaginal dryness
However, where I see it really standing out is in postpartum healing.
Beyond the physical benefits, steaming can be a spiritual practice. In your postpartum period, yoni steaming is helpful to open the connection again between you and your body.
Here are 3 benefits of yoni steaming during your sacred window
1. INCREASES HOW QUICKLY YOUR UTERUS RETURNS TO ITS NORMAL SIZE
For postpartum recovery, steaming will help your uterus return back to its normal size at a faster rate. This is important because it means that your other organs get back into place faster and can start working regularly again sooner, thus allowing your body to heal better. This especially impacts your digestive tract, bowel movements, and urinary tract. The uterus gets back to size more quickly because steaming accelerates the elimination of lochia*. Steaming helps your uterus eliminate the lochia completely and allows your uterus to be fully cleansed. Many women suffer from their uterus not fully cleansing after they give birth. Issues can show up a year or two later, or even later in life, when you go through menopause.
* Lochia is the vaginal discharge after giving birth, containing blood, mucus, and uterine tissue.
2. ENCOURAGES BLOOD FLOW
Steaming supports the entire area of your vulva and vagina by encouraging blood flow, stimulating healing, and relieving pain. Having pain in this sacred area makes it harder for women to get back to normal activity. It makes it harder to feel good in your body again. When you are not in pain, it is much easier to reconnect with your partner, bond with your baby, and get your vitality back. Speaking of pain, steaming can get rid of hemorrhoids, which I know is a big one for new mamas.
3. SOOTHES NERVES + SUPPORTS SLEEP
Yoni steaming is a wonderful form of regular self-care. It helps promote the much-needed rest you should be getting after giving birth. Taking that small amount of time every day for yourself is relaxing and soothing to the nerves. This helps to regulate your nervous system after such an intense experience as giving birth is.
So how does it work exactly?
Essentially, you sit on a stool with a hole in it, over a steaming pot of herbs. The heat from steam opens the pores of the skin so that the medicinal properties of the herbs can be delivered through the bloodstream and to your womb.
Some of my favorite herbs to use are:
This beautiful flower helps with painful cramps, promotes ease of menstruation, and helps heal scarring, as it is great for the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and antimicrobial.
Is a healer of the heart, and can be very useful after you give birth when you need some mothering of your own. This nurturing herb calms heart palpitations, helps with high blood pressure, and reduces anxiety.
Is a connector to spirit. This very powerful herb is anti-fungal and hormone balancing to help restore a normal cycle.
This calming herb is anti-fungal and nourishes the nervous system.
This purifying herb increases circulation, and clears out any old blood or other fluids that may have built up in your uterus.
This herb is for sexual health. She increases libido, reduces vaginal dryness, and helps balance menopause symptoms.
Please note that you should not steam while pregnant or while you are bleeding on your menstrual cycle. If you are interested in trying yoni steaming, I highly recommend that you consult with a trained professional to find the right regimen for you.
If you’re interested in reading more about vaginal steaming used for postpartum recovery, here is a link to a recent study.
Writing compliments of
Doula & Yoga Teacher, Guest Blogger
Jamie Meekins is a Maiden to Mother Coach, a certified birth and postpartum doula, and a Khalsa Way prenatal yoga teacher. As a graduate of the Center for Sacred Window Studies Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver program, she especially loves working with new mamas throughout their sacred window period. She lives in Oceanside, CA with her husband and Goldendoodle pup.