No! I never pictured myself squatting over hot herbal steam all in the name of finally getting some relief from my crazy cramps and absent menses. Yoni steaming sounded so crazy to me that it took me a very long time to finally try it and when I did, I couldn’t stop singing its praises to friends and family. Before we move on to the steams let us go over some foundational information.
What is PCOS? and does Yoni steam help with PCOS?
PCOS is a condition that affects 1 in 10 women (including myself). You are not alone. It is such a common condition and yet the medical community doesn’t seem to be taking it seriously enough. This may be because there’s no ‘cure” for PCOS, but there are definitely things we can do to manage our symptoms naturally. Yoni steaming is one of these things. The practice of yoni steaming has been around for centuries, and it is only now being brought into mainstream medicine with more research being done on its benefits.
What is Yoni Steaming? or Vaginal Steaming?
Yoni steaming is a natural, holistic way to cleanse your uterus and balance your hormones. It can help with PMS symptoms, cramping, infertility issues, and many other aspects of PCOS. Yoni means “vagina” in Sanskrit; steam is used because heat opens up the pores of the skin so that it absorbs better.
The temperatures used vary from person to person but are typically anywhere from 110-125 degrees Fahrenheit (43-52 degrees Celsius). The herbs used depend on what you want to treat but usually include mugwort or calendula as well as some kind of flower-like rose petals or lavender buds.
When you steam your vagina for 10–20 minutes at these temperatures every week or two weeks this helps reduce inflammation which helps with hormonal imbalances associated with PCOS because inflammation impacts hormone regulation in the body.
As with any health-related topic, we recommend that you consult your doctor before starting any new treatment program or diet plan.
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When to Yoni Steam and when Not to Steam
If you’re wondering whether or not to Yoni steam, here are some things to consider:
- Yoni steam is best done just before your period. It’s important to note that yoni steaming is not recommended for pregnant women, women with vaginal infections (bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections), or women with vaginal dryness.
- You should also avoid yoni steaming if you’ve recently given birth and/or have stitches in your perineum.
- While everyone’s body reacts differently to this treatment, it can help after sexual trauma as well as postpartum.
- Yoni steaming may help relieve cramps or other symptoms associated with PMS and endometriosis; however, it will not stop menstruation from happening naturally so please don’t rely on it for contraception!
As we discussed earlier, you can make your own recipe based on what you will like to accomplish. It’s important to be aware that there are many ways to make yoni steam, so you may have different experiences with different recipes.
Here are 9 herbs that can help heal PCOS naturally through vaginal steaming
1. Mugwort for Yoni Steam
Mugwort is a herb that’s been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. It can be used to help support the female reproductive system, regulate the menstrual cycle, and regulate hormone levels.
Mugwort is often recommended as a natural treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This is because it helps balance hormone levels which can help ease symptoms like acne and excess facial hair.
Mugwort also has antispasmodic properties which can help relax tense muscles in your stomach, back and thighs.
Mugwort helps to promote suppressed menstrual cycle, so if you experience missing period, then you want to add this to your recipe
2. Motherwort for Yoni steam
Motherwort is a great herb for the reproductive system and is used to treat infertility, PMS, and menopause symptoms. It can also be used to treat high blood pressure and nervousness. If you experience fatigue or bad cramps, this is a great addition to aid relief and promote relaxation
3. Red Raspberry leaf for Yoni steam
Red raspberry leaf, also known as Rubus idaeus and Rubus ideaus var. rubellus, is an herb that has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine. Red raspberry leaf tea has many health benefits including toning and strengthening the uterus and pelvic muscles and promoting relaxation of those pelvic and uterine muscles.
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4. Rose petals for Yoni steam
Rose is a great herb for the reproductive system. Rose petals when added to the yoni steam will act as an astringent and cools the vaginal tissues
5. Chamomile for Yoni Steam
Chamomile is a great herb to add to your yoni steam because it has so many benefits. First, chamomile is used for menstrual cramps. Second, it’s an astringent and antiseptic that tightens the tissue in your vaginal area, making it less prone to infection or irritation. Thirdly, chamomile has been used for digestion support and anxiety relief for centuries. It will help soothe vaginal tissue
6. Dandelion for Yoni Steam
Dandelion is a diuretic and laxative. It is also a blood purifier and liver cleanser. Dandelion has been used as a nervine tonic for many years. If you suffer from painful menstruation or heavy periods with clotting, consider adding dandelion to your yoni steam regimen.
7. Lavender for Yoni steam
Lavender is an antiseptic, and a sedative. It has been used for centuries to calm the nerves and relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. Lavender also has hormonal balancing properties that can help with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual cramps, mood swings, insomnia, and menopausal symptoms.
8. Calendula for Yoni steam
Calendula is a plant that has been used for many things, including skin problems like eczema and inflammation. It’s even used to treat menstrual cramps!
And calendula is also used in yoni steams. The essential oil of calendula has been found to be effective at reducing pain and inflammation during menstruation, which can help reduce heavy bleeding.
9. Rosemary for Yoni steaming
Rosemary is a great herb for hormonal balance. It helps with menopause symptoms, hot flashes, mood swings, and acne. Rosemary is also great for menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms.
The smell of rosemary stimulates the central nervous system, which can help reduce anxiety or depression. Rosemary is great for increasing blood circulation to the reproductive organs
If you’re struggling with PCOS, yoni steaming with rosemary will be an excellent addition to your routine!
How to yoni steam
There are many techniques for yoni steaming. My favorite is from Earth Mama on Youtube. She has this method ( easier on the knees) and this method.
Safety precautions when yoni steaming
- You should not steam if you have a vaginal infection, or if you have an active yeast infection.
- If you’re pregnant, it’s best to wait until after childbirth.
- If you’re menstruating and have spotting, it’s best for the same reasons as above.
So, if a yoni steaming is already in your plan to manage the symptoms of PCOS, I hope this article has provided you with some useful information. If not, then we encourage you to try it and see for yourself! Look for organic herbs free of toxins for your yoni steam. Remember when using herbs to yoni steam, always drink plenty of water before and afterward as an herbal remedy can dehydrate you if taken incorrectly.
Yoni Steaming with herbs can be a natural way to help manage the symptoms of PCOS.
Yoni steaming is a practice that can help your body heal by balancing hormones, improving digestion and strengthening reproductive health. In fact, women have been practicing yoni steaming for thousands of years. For example, in Thailand they call it “yum.” In India they call it “chai-yok” or “tirtha”. And in Japan they call it “sekimatsu”.
Benefits for Yoni Steam for PCOS
This simple yet effective practice has changed my life. It was one of the unconventional steps that I took to help me get pregnant with PCOS after 30. The process has many benefits including:
- Balancing hormone levels
- Increasing libido
- Improving reproductive health (i.e., menstrual cycles)
- Strengthening the immune system
- Remove abnormal growth from the womb
- Regulates menstrual pain and bloating
- strengthens and tones the womb and tightens vagina
- detoxifies the womb of excess waste
I love yoni steaming because it is a super simple and all-natural alternative to the invasive fertility treatments out there. I would suggest that you invest in tools that can make the practice simpler to execute. Things like yoni steam Kit with cushion seat and herbs and or stainless steel bowls for sitz bath. This is my favorite method for Yoni steaming.
You may also find pre-mixed Yoni steam herbs, here is an option from a small business Magicallyliving or Female Rituals on Amazon.
I would love to hear your experience about yoni steaming, is this something you would try? comment below and I’ll do my best to answer any of your questions.
Cheers to taking control of our health and to healing PCOS naturally.