Have you ever heard about vaginal steaming? It’s a strange one we know but, vaginal steaming, also known as V-steaming or yoni steaming, is an alternative health treatment where that involves a woman squatting or sitting over steaming water.
What goes into the water varies. Sometimes the water contains herbs such as mugwort, rosemary, wormwood and basil. The warmth of the steam is supposed to soften and open the pores of the vaginal and vulvar skin so that the herbs can be absorbed into the skin and uterus and impart medicinal affects.
For a large fee, some expensive spas offer the process. You can also do it at home, although most doctors don’t recommend it. The process is pretty simple — you just sit or squat over a container of herbal-infused steam. Most spas have a special seat (Paltrow called it a “throne”) with a hole for the steam to come through because it’s a little more challenging to do at home.
This process has been used for many purposes, but it’s mostly used to alleviate unwanted symptoms associated with periods such as bloating, exhaustion, cramps, heavy menstrual flow and irregular periods. It has also been used to increase fertility, help alleviate symptoms of menopause and to promote healing after childbirth. Vaginal steaming has also been used to treat even stress, depression, haemorrhoids, fatigue and headaches.
Below is the suggested way to go about it:
- Add about a cup of your chosen herbs to a basin of hot water.
- Let the herbs steep for at least a minute.
- Remove your clothes from the waist down.
- Stand or squat directly over the basin. Some people prefer to place the basin in the toilet and then sit on the toilet.
- 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.
There’s no scientific research to prove whether vaginal steaming is safe. But your vagina isn’t meant to be steam-cleaned. An overheated vagina may provide the perfect environment for bacteria that cause yeast infections and other vaginal infections to thrive. The vaginal skin is delicate, sensitive, and easily traumatized. Using it as target practice for a plume of warm steam may cause vaginal burns or scalding.
Would you try it vaginal steaming/yoni steam?
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