Is V-Steaming for You?

So let's dive right in... You've heard of vaginal steaming, but aren't sure if it is for you. Well before you can decide if it's for you. You need to know exactly what it is and it's benefits, not to mention wha resources there are in your area, or are you more comfortable doing it at home. 

Vaginal steaming involves exposing the vagina to steam to cleanse it and enhance its health. Vaginal steaming, sometimes shortened to V-steaming, and also known as yoni steaming, is an alternative health treatment whereby a woman squats or sits over steaming water containing herbs such as mugwort, rosemary, wormwood, and basil. History reveals that this practice has been done by women in Africa (Mozambique, South Africa), Asia (Indonesia, Thailand) and Central America for many years.

Vaginal steaming is an age-old natural remedy said to cleanse the vagina and uterus, regulate menstruation, and ease menstrual cramps and bloating. Vaginal steaming is treatment that provides a steam ‘facial’ for the vagina with the goal of detoxing the vagina. V-steams have been said to help women boost fertility and offer other health benefits.

Here's How it Works

Vaginal steaming directs herb-infused steam into your vagina. Some people try vaginal steaming at home, but it is also available at spas. The process is simple, you just sit or squat over a metal or glass bowl of herbal-infused steam.

Herbs often used alone or in combination include:

  • mugwort
  • wormwood
  • chamomile
  • calendula
  • basil
  • oregano

Most spas have a special seat with a hole for the steam to come through. It’s a little more challenging to do at home.

The following is a suggested method of doing a vaginal steam at home. However, before you try it yourself, you’ll want to consider its supposed benefits and possible safety issues, as discussed below.

  1. Add about a cup of your chosen herbs to a basin of hot water.
  2. Let the herbs steep for at least a minute.
  3. Remove your clothes from the waist down.
  4. Stand or squat directly over the basin. Some people prefer to place the basin in the toilet and then sit on the toilet.
  5. Wrap a towel around your waist and legs to prevent the steam from escaping.

The average steam session lasts between 20 and 60 minutes. Depending on how hot the water is, the steam may cool sooner.

Benefits for V-Steaming

People who practice vaginal steaming believe the herbs can penetrate vaginal tissues and offer a variety of benefits. Vaginal steaming is used as a natural remedy for cleaning the vagina, uterus, and the entire reproductive tract. 

It is also known to relieve:

  • stress
  • depression
  • hemorrhoids
  • infections
  • infertility
  • hormone imbalances
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • digestive issues
  • generalized pain

Many women support V-Steaming and say it works wonderfully by enhancing blood flow to the vaginal tissues, which can promote healing and a healthy vagina.

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