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YONI/ROOT STEAM BATH FAQ:
YONI/ROOT STEAM BATH FAQ:
What does the word “Yoni” mean?
The term “Yoni” is Sanskrit for Vagina which means Womb, Origin of Life, Divine Passage, Sacred Space or Sacred Temple. It describes a woman’s reproductive system in its entirety.
What is a Yoni/Root Steam Bath?
A Yoni/Root Steam bath is essentially a uterine lavage. It gently and effectively cleanses the uterus of any stagnation, build-up of old blood and corrects many issues dealing with with menstruation, fertility and menopause. The healing steam and volatile oils from the plant medicine aids in clearing old uterine membranes and restoring homeostasis.
Yoni/Root steams may also be called “v-steams” or “vaginal steams.” They are called “Bajos” by the Maya traditional healers in Central America and is an ancient practice that provides gentle and effective support for women’s wellness and reproductive health.
How does it work?
The steams work by applying moist heat to the pelvic bowl which caries healing medicinal volatile oils to the exterior tissues of the vagina as well as systemically throughout the entire body via the blood stream. The warmth and moisture increases circulation to the labia, causing it to swell and expose the inner labial mucus membranes. These tissues are very porous and absorbent, and the bloodstream picks up the volatile oils and carries them deeply into the inner reproductive system, including the uterus. Thus, the herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus and revitalizes the entire system, allowing it to shed old membrane and mucus build-up. Steaming support the womb to return to her harmonic physical and emotional alignment. When herbs are heated in water, the healing oils that contain medicinal properties are then released.
How often should a woman have a Yoni/Root steam?
NORMAL CYCLES: For those who have normal, pain free cycles, I recommend a “maintenance” vaginal steam be done once every three months with the changing of the seasons just before menses. If you are so inclined, you may steam two to three times per month, always during weeks in which you are not menstruating as part of you self care routine.
MENSTRUAL DISORDERS: Women who suffer from pain, bloating or exhaustion during menstruation should steam every other day within the week or two before menstruation. To aid shedding of uterine lining, you may drink two cups of oregano tea for three days before cycle begins. After doing so, you will likely see a change in the fluid you pass when your period begins. You may also steam once after your cycle ends, to clear out any excess materials.
FERTILITY CHALLENGES: Women who are experiencing fertility challenges should steam once per week, and twice during pre-ovulation, to make sure that the tissue is moist and that the cervical fluids are clear and copious. They should expect to steam for three months before seeing results. Some even recommend doing a steam every other day all cycle long for more serious conditions, for a more powerful cleanse & detox. This can be very beneficial for women struggling with long term fertility issues, but it is important to note that steaming all cycle long should only be done during a cycle where you are NOT trying to conceive.
POSTPARTUM: Midwives administer steams to postpartum mothers within the first 9 days after childbirth, this is the ideal. It will help with clots and help the uterus to return to its proper position. Healthy woman with a natural birth would have three steams within the first nine days postpartum. Postpartum uterine lavage helps to make sure all the fluids of birth have flowed out of the body. Maya midwives use the number 9 as a spiritual tradition. They usually do three vaginal steams during the first 9 days postpartum. For the postpartum, a yoni steam may be done three times per week for four weeks to facilitate healing and toning of the uterus and vagina (please be sure there are no open wounds and that you are no longer bleeding).
MENOPAUSE: For those going through menopause, a yoni steam is recommended a few times a year in the first couple years of menopause to ensure that the uterine membrane is very clean when it stops menstruating. (Menopausal women have reported passing clots and dark, thick blood even a year after menses has ceased. “Better out than in,” is the Arvigo motto) Women who are experiencing or who have passed menopause should steam at least three times per year for maintenance, but may steam more often if it feels right. If your challenges are chronic, you may want to steam up to three times per week to ensure the greatest results.
When is the best time of the month to steam?
You can steam at any time of the month, as long as you are not menstruating.
It is nice to do your steam later in the evening so that you can go to bed shortly after finishing the steam.
What are the Contraindications?
Pregnancy or if you think you may be pregnant
During menstruation or when open sores or blisters are present.
What are the Caution?
Women who have an Intrauterine Device (IUD)
During active internal infection (cervical, uterine or ovarian inflammation), or a fever.
Can I use essential oils instead of herbs?
Essential oils should not be used in place of herbs as they are far too strong for this purpose and can cause damage. You should only use fresh or dry herbs.
YONI/ROOT STEAM HERBS
Our carefully crafted blends includes the highest quality, aromatic, toning and healing herbs available, All herbs are Certified Organic, fairly traded and kosher.
CAUTION: It is not recommended to steam if you have an IUD or during menstruation. Do not do a yoni steam if you are pregnant (or think you might be).