You do what to your yoni?!’ I've heard some sisters whisper in absolute confusion around why the hell you would steam your vagina.
Well, let me introduce you to the most profound holistic healing practice a woman could ever do for her womb & yoni….Vaginal steaming! (which also has a fancy scientific term of Peristeam Hydrotherapy).
The benefits of steaming include:
~Removes toxins from the body.
~Detoxifies the womb.
~Helps to heal hemorrhoids.
~Cleanses the uterus.
~Significantly assists with vagina dryness.
~Relieves yeast infections & bacteria.
~Reconnects you with your womb helping heal emotional trauma.
~Postpartum recovery by increasing circulation & toning of the womb.
~Decrease fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, chronic infections & pain.
~Regulate an irregular or absent menstrual cycle.
~Maintain healthy odor.
~Reduces pain and bloating associated with menstruation.
Pretty fricken amazing right!
I was introduced to this practice by my doula after giving birth to my son as a way to heal postpartum.
I became so intrigued with this practice and after doing some research a whole ‘nother world opened up for me.
Some cultures incorporate it into ceremony, ritual and rites of passage like Birth and Menarche and in Korea there are vaginal steaming spas that women book in for their weekly steam.
This is our inheritance as Sacred women and womb-holders as we nurture and grow the next generations. This is the wisdom and knowledge to support us in connecting back to our cycles, wombs and ancient practices that keep us healthy and thriving.
Not only does this practice aid in physical healing but it is deeply connected to healing emotional trauma that we have experienced.
Our wombs are receptive in nature meaning we can hold emotional trauma & memory at a cellular level, some of which isn't even ours but comes from our ancestral lineage.
A lot of women that I work with will share about emotions that arise while steaming offering them a beautiful opportunity for release and healing.
That is the magnificent thing about being human- we are wired for healing! So, anything that wants to be healed will always come to the surface to be released.
Vaginal steaming allows you to explore & be intimate with your own divine feminine energy. Gifting yourself the space & time to be with your womb, holding loving space for anything that wants to be cleansed on all levels-mind, body & spirit.
If you have done any of your own research on the internet you may have come across some conflicting information about vaginal steaming. That it may not be safe or can disrupt your PH.
I want to reassure you that steaming is a very safe and effective way to holistically heal and bring you back into balance.
The western medical system is very good at demonizing natural remedies and things they don’t understand.
How would they make money off us if we were completely self-sufficient in our own health and wellbeing?
They wouldn’t you see.
I think it’s important to share here the history of gynecology, so we all have a better understanding of where the current knowledge & narrative around woman’s reproductive health comes from.
Gynecology was a field of medicine developed by a man-named Jerry Marion Sims who was a doctor in the late 1800s from South Carolina.
Beginning in 1844, Sims famously performed his experiments on enslaved black women in Alabama, who he leased for the purpose of gynecological experimentation. Repeatedly performing his crude experiments without any form of anesthesia.
Black women were experimented and operated on because “their masters permitted them to be”. Consent, whether regarding rape or forced medical treatment, simply did not exist for these enslaved women.
Throughout this time, hundreds of women were inflicted deep trauma, mistreatment and death through this white supremist medical system.
This is the history of how the practice of gynecology was discovered and implemented - through the exploitation and objectification of women's bodies.
It’s very typical of the western system to isolate the physical, not understanding that it is intricately intertwined with the spiritual, emotional & mental bodies.
A lot of healing modalities and practices of indigenous cultures were also passed on orally through the generations.
Unfortunately, these traditional practices were outlawed and suppressed by colonial Governments.
Here in Aotearoa, New Zealand, the government implemented the Tohunga Supression Act in 1907- suppressing the wisdom and voices of traditional healers.
These types of laws happened all over the world to ALL Indigenous cultures. Resulting in traditional healing practices being lost and demonized.
I share the history here with you to uncover the harsh reality of how we have been deeply conditioned to hand over the well-being & authority of our wombs to a racist medical system designed by men. A system that does not interweave the wisdom that mind, body & spirit are all deeply connected.
We are remembering how to come back into the natural organic rhythm and wisdom of our bodies.
Our wombs are a cauldron of power, potential and creativity. Let's honor and nurture her the way our ancestors knew how.