Have you ever steamed your yoni? Detoxed your vag? Tightened your coochie? Okay well, what about douching? Listen along as Kristal, Josie, Lexi, Tasha learn all about these home remedies and decide if we should ever try them.
According to this website:
Yoni steaming, also known as vaginal steaming, is a practice in which a woman allows the warmth of herbal steam to permeate the exterior of her vagina. Respected by healers around the globe, yoni steaming is an opportunity to reconnect with your body and utilize the wisdom of plant medicine to heal your cycle.
- What it’s SUPPOSED to do:
- Significantly reduce pain, bloating and exhaustion associated with menstruation.
- Decrease menstrual flow as well as reduce dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses.
- Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles.
- Increase fertility, especially when combined with ATMAT
- Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth.
- Reduce uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse & endometriosis.
- Assist with the repair of a vaginal tear, episiotomy, or C-section scar.
- Assist with the healing of hemorrhoids.
- Relieve chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and works to maintain healthy odor.
- Ease symptoms of menopause including dryness or pain during intercourse.
- Detoxify the womb and remove toxins from the body.
- Release stored emotions and tap into the energy that is our creative potential.
- What has it been proven to do?
...I don’t know. The only scientific anything i’ve been able to find is that there’s No scientific evidence that it does work. But no links to the science?
- Maybe why you shouldn’t do it
- It can burn
- Worse case scenario it can get too hot and burn you
- It can mess with your vaginas good bacteria
- Just like regular douching, trying to "cleanse" your vag with steam can be drying and disrupt the natural bacteria that lives up in there. And since the vagina is a self-cleaning machine, you don't need to take any action to keep it that way
- It won’t actually balance your hormones
- There are no hormonce produced by/in your vagina. That only happens in your ovaries and the steam isn’t going to make it up that far.
- What is in it?
- It is preferable to use dried herbs unless you are using rosemary, juniper or cedar – you can use those plants when they are fresh as they contain a high amount of volatile oils when fresh.
- The typical ratio is 1 Quart of fresh herb or 1 Cup of dry for a large pot of water. Choose 1-5 herbs for your steam.
- You can choose plants that you have a spiritual connection with that may not be specific for the physical ailment but will support your emotional well being.
- Herbs that have an affinity for the urinary and reproductive organs; Red Raspberry Leaf, Juniper, Motherwort, Peony and Dong Quai.
- Herbs that contain volatile oils; Basil, Oregano, Lavender, Rosemary, Marigold, Garden Sage, Peppermint and Lemon Balm.
- Herbs that are astringent or tonifying; Witch Hazel, Yarrow, Cedar Berries, Rose and Juniper.
- Traditional herbs the Maya use are Oregano, Basil, Marigold, Rosemary, Chamomile, Damiana, Plantain, Yarrow.
- How do you do it?
- It is important when working with the plants that you build a relationship with them. You can do this by asking the plants and the water to help you in what you are trying to heal at that time.
- Choose your formula.
- 1 qt. fresh herb or 1 cup dry.
- Place herbs in a pot of lukewarm water.
- If possible, let sit in the moon light overnight, imbuing the water and plants with the moonlight, with your prayers and allowing the water and plants to absorb each other.
- The following day, bring to a gentle simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes.
- Set up your steam space; turn off your phone, put music on if you’d like, or grab your favorite book, light candles, or make a cup of tea to enjoy while you are steaming.
- Once you are set up pour your steam water into a different pot as to avoid burning the floor.
- Place your steam pot under a slotted chair, step stool with slot, lawn chair or steam stool.
- Remove your clothes from the waist down, leaving your socks on, keeping your upper body warm.
- Sit on your designated seat over the steaming herbs making sure the steam pot is placed underneath the body so the steam gets to the perineum.
- Drape your lower body with blankets that extend all the way to the floor to ensure the steam is contained.
- Be careful not to burn yourself. If necessary, create a small vent to allow excess steam to escape, it should feel pleasant.
- Sit over your steam for about 15-20 min. depending on the temperature.
- Simply enjoy the healing and nurturing time you have set aside for yourself.
- When you are done, dry yourself off.
- Rest quietly after the steam in a warm room, free of drafts, open windows or air conditioning, for at least 20 minutes.
- When you get up, dress warmly and protect yourself from cold drafts or sudden temperature changes for 24 hours.
- Release the herbs and water back to the earth – giving thanks for their support in your healing.
Steaming is considered a type of detox, other ways that people try to “detox” their vaginas is with “detox pearls” which are little balls of herbs/oils and they actually stick them up into their vagina.
Most of the articles and how to videos I found say that it detoxes your womb… Lets just take a minute to point out that your vagina is not your womb.
- What is in them
- Muslin Cloth
- Lotions and gels
- All of the ones I found online say that you put the lotion on your fingers and rub on your vaginal walls to help tighten it
- A Stick
- Good ol kegels
- The vagina is a muscle, nothing can “tighten” it except exercising the pelvic muscles. 👍🏻
- There are some things you can use to help called “kegel trainers” but you don’t actually need them to do kegels
- One goes into your vagina and connects to your phone, it tells you how much you’re squeezing. Turns it into a game?
- Surgery ( not an at home remedy)
An estimated 20% to 40% of American women between ages 15 and 44 say they use a vaginal douche. Higher rates are seen in teens and African-American and Hispanic women. Besides making themselves feel fresher, women say they douche to get rid of unpleasant odors, wash away menstrual blood after their period, avoid getting sexually transmitted diseases, and prevent a pregnancy after intercourse.
What does a douche look like?
Overall, the risks of douching far outweigh the benefits.
- Vaginal infections (bacterial vaginosis). Douching upsets the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina (called vaginal flora). These changes make the environment more favorable for the growth of bacteria that cause infection. Studies have found that women who stopped douching were less likely to have bacterial vaginosis. Having bacterial vaginosis can increase the risk of preterm labor and sexually transmitted infections.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or ovaries. Research has found that women who douche may have a 73% higher risk of getting PID.
- Pregnancy complications. Women who douche more than once a week have more difficulty getting pregnant than those who don't douche. Douching may also increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy by as much as 76%. With an ectopic pregnancy, the embryo implants outside the uterus. The more a woman douches, the greater the risk of having an ectopic pregnancy.
- Cervical cancer . Douching at least once a week has been linked to a possible increased chance of developing cervical cancer.