It took me a long time to post V-Steam: Would You Steam Your Uterus? simply because, though I have been doing the V-steam for years, Gwyneth Paltrow had come out about how she does it. I tend to resist posting anything that might appear fad-like and I remember when she came out about how she followed the macrobiotic diet and the resurgence that diet made as a result.
The thing is, I discovered “chai-yok” (or vaginal steaming) years ago in Korea as a result of some pretty violent menstrual issues so I decided to take the plunge and, hopefully, bring some of you lovelies on board to try this most amazing treatment that offers a cure for any number of women’s issues, including supporting healing from endometriosis, low sex-drive, heavy bleeding or spotting after periods and even menopausal symptoms.
Directions for V-Steam at home:
- In a medium covered pot, pour 8 cups of water (preferably purified water).
- Place one handful of fresh herb(s) or 1/4 cup dried into the water. I use herbs from Sonia’s on Etsy because she has herbal blends for EVERYTHING!
- Bring water to a soft boil for 5 minutes.
- Turn of the heat, leave the lid on and steep for another 5 minutes with the lid on.
- Pour 4 cups (half) of water into the bowl you have placed in your toilet. (Use stainless steel or glass NOT plastic!)
- Wave your hand 8-10 inches over the herbal ‘tea’ mixture to make sure it is not too hot.
- Remove you underwear and sit on the seat above the steaming water.
- Drape a large blanket or sheet around your waist down to the floor making sure no steam escapes.
- Make sure you keep yourself warm, keeping something on your feet (socks, slippers) and neck. We don’t want any cold getting into your body while you are trying to warm it.
- You should feel a warm, rolling heat for about 10-12 minutes.
- When the steam dies down dump the water into the toilet. Starting with step #4 begin the second half of the tea. If it has cooled too much reheat but test again before sitting over the steam.
Note: Most of the time, your toilet seat will be too wide to utilize as a true V-steam unless it is on the smaller side. (European toilets often are fine.) If you want to use it, you can make extra sure you use a heavier blanket draped properly to make sure the steam doesn’t escape. My fix is to use a Yoni Steam Seat which has an opening just big enough for the steam to hit your target “bits” and keep the steam from escaping but, bear in mind, I am still using a blanket to keep myself warm during the process.
While many people use their own herbal blends including mugwort, calendula, motherwort, and wormwood along with basil (which can move fluids), rosemary (anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, or anti-microbial) or even oregano (great for cramping!), I find skilled herbalists often make fantastic blends such as Sonia’s 30 herb blend but I love her because she has blends for menopausal women, low sex-drive, whatever ails you or Yoni’s V-steam Blend which is very well crafted and the smell is divine!
Would you try a V-steam at home? Why or why not?
Wishing you health, beauty, and elegance,