I’m very much into self care and spending some quality time with myself, so when I discover new and interesting ways to do this I simply try it out. To be quite honest; when I first discovered this practise, I was probably about two months postpartum and I felt like my body needed some extra care in getting it back to normal.
Let me be straight, I was VERY self conscious about my post-baby lady bits, I was also traumatised from naturally giving birth to a 5kg baby that I was put off sex. No you don’t understand, I actually never thought I’d have sex or enjoy it again! Even the sight of my partners erect penis made me cover my eyes.
So I started research on ways to help improve my confidence and help my uterus heal after birth. I discovered a practise called Yoni Steaming; and man-oh-man, I believe it’s the best kept secret and women all over should know about it. Yoni steaming is a powerful ancient remedy that has been used for centuries by women worldwide to support deep wellness. Also known as vaginal steaming, it is a holistic health practice in which a woman allows the warmth of herbal steam to gently permeate the exterior of her vagina.
Yes, the vagina cleanses itself. But let’s face it; between menstruation, sexual intercourse and childbirth, the vagina goes through a lot. When you add changing hormones, g-strings and thongs, tampons and pelvic floor issues to the mis, sometimes the vaginal area is anything but comfortable. And it can do with a little help to keep to healthy.
The practise itself may look and seem awkward at first, but once you’re doing it becomes some of the best spa sessions you’ll treat yourself to. South Africa already has it’s very first Yoni Spa in Sandton where you’ll get charged R500 for a 45 minute session. But there’s health shops that sell ready packaged herbs for you to do it in the comfort of your own home.
Yoni steaming has many benefits that women have stated it’s helped them with, but I’ll start by sharing the improvements I’ve personally seen.
Before pregnancy I was prone to yeast infections and the itching would get so bad. I haven’t had any of that since I started steaming. It assisted in repairing my vaginal tear and regulated my menstruation. It actually brought on my menses after birth. My vagina’s Ph balance has been regulated and the odour has gone back to normal. I’m more comfortable, my sexual inhibitions have been released and I now allow myself to be eaten out with no worry chuckles. Other than that, I love the healing aromatherapy of the different herbs because they also work on my emotional wellbeing, lift my spirits and relaxes me.
Here’s other reasons why you should try it:
- Improves menstrual cycle
The number one reason that many women practice yoni steaming is because of its ability to significantly reduce pain, bloating and exhaustion associated with menstruation, as well as to regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles.
- Heals the womb
Perhaps a result of stress and environmental toxins in our world today, many women suffer from challenges such as uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. In the same way that yoni steaming supports the uterus to shed old blood, it can help the miraculous organ to expel any non-essential tissue or cells, including polyps, cysts or endometrium growing outside the uterus. The result is a healthier womb, inside and out.
3. Creates space for blissful relaxation
To do a yoni steam, a woman sets aside 20-30 minutes of her time to focus on her own well-being and go inward. As she sits with herself, allowing the gentle aroma of healing herbs to permeate her body and release stuck material, she often experiences a powerful release of stored emotions and stress as well.
Yoni steaming is an opportunity to connect deeply with, celebrate and cherish all aspects of our bodies and their subtle energies, especially that of our yonis. As we learn to enjoy our wombs as the beautiful, sacred centers that they are, we deepen our relationship to the powerful feminine energy that each of us holds within.
To truly live in balance, we must detoxify our environment, our relationships and, of course, our own bodies. Yoni steaming works similarly to the way a steam room is used to draw toxins out of your body via the skin, or a herbal steam is used to clear congestion from your nasal passages when you have a cold. Likewise, steaming the exterior of your vagina draws out toxins and clears congestion from your womb.
- Sex is more juicy
On an emotional level, yoni steaming supports us to cultivate a profound sense of self-love and increases our self-confidence (especially when it relates to our yonis!), which helps us to feel more sexy and sensual. On the physical level, yoni steaming increases circulation and lubrication, which can help increase libido and makes sex more enjoyable!
- Increases fertility
There may be many reasons for fertility challenges, but one of those reasons is induration (hardened lining) and buildup of old material in the venous lakes (folds) on the uterine walls. By breaking up this excess material and releasing it through menstruation, the uterine walls are prepared for a fertilised egg to attach and thrive.
- Postpartum recovery
A yoni steam is called a “bajo” by Mayan midwives and is the traditional treatment used to heal, cleanse and tone the reproductive system after birth. The ancient remedy is thought to clear any remaining material from the uterus after birth, assist with the repair of a vaginal tear, episiotomy, or C-section scar, and encourage the tissue to tighten.
- And it feels good!
Last but certainly not least, yoni steaming feels great. The warmth increases circulation to the labia and clitoris, and the steam moistens the sensitive tissues, resulting in an ever so slightly tantalising sensation. Many women experience pleasure from the simple act of treating themselves to this delightful ritual, and that, in and of itself, should be admired.
It is strongly not recommended if you’re pregnant or may suspect you may pregnant!
Do you want to get started on your Yoni Steaming? We’re giving away these steaming packs from Sana Organics to 3 mamas.
All you have to do is:
- Follow @mamatribesa1 on instagram
- Follow @sanaorganicsonline on instagram
- Tag yourself on any of the pictures.