Your Complete Guide To The Feminine Ritual Of Yoni Steams

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A Yoni Steam, also known as vaginal steam, is the ancient practice of sitting or squatting over steaming pot of water infused with herbs. It’s a powerful ally for women’s vitality in nourishing the uterus, regulating irregular cycles, reducing menstrual pain + imbalances and supporting fertility and reproductive health. It also supports spiritual and emotional cleansing and healing by reconnecting a woman with her feminine center and Inner Woman.

It’s important to understand that Yoni Steaming is not for cleaning your vulva or vagina. Your vagina is inherently self-cleaning.

When the Yoni Steaming is described as cleansing, it is referring to the way the heat and steam supports our feminine bodies in their own natural release and vibrant vitality. More on the healing power of heat below. 


Yoni ~ meaning sacred place, vulva, vagina & womb. 


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For me, it was love at first try. I find it to be such a deeply nourishing ritual. It anchors my awareness into my feminine center and softens my body. I  usually include it in my pre-menstrual phase to ease me into a slower pace for my moontime, and because I’ve found it to be a vital ingredient for pleasure-full bleeding. Afterwards I feel relaxed and at home in my feminine body + inner roots.

How Yoni Steams can help you through the sacred stages of womanhood

Heat is medicine for the feminine body. Where cold causes contraction, heat supports opening and release. The moist heat softens the womb and the tissues, increases vital blood flow and supports your womb in releasing any stagnant blood that may have built up.

For a pleasurable moontime and easing menstrual pain, imbalances and blood clots: Setting aside time for 1-3 Yoni Steam Rituals during your pre-menstrual phase are one of the best ways to prepare for your moontime / bleeding phase and nurture pelvic stagnancy and blood clots. The warming steam aids in cleansing and nourishing the uterine membrane. It’s important to know that healthy menstrual blood flows easily, in a bright red color with no clots.

For fertility: Yoni Steams are a great support in nourishing our feminine bodies into their natural state of fertility and creativity.  It helps to create uterine membranes that are moist and receptive for conception to happen. If you are actively trying to conceive, you can use the Yoni Steam during your pre-ovulation phase up until ovulation, to prepare for conception. Do not steam after possible conception.

After miscarriage: During the vulnerable time following a miscarriage, a Yoni Steam Ritual may support your body in cleansing and can also be a wonderful tool for connecting with your feminine center and Inner Woman to avoid stagnant emotions taking root in your body. You can begin to Yoni Steam once your bleeding has ceased. It is important to take the time to honor the initiation of this experience and actively support the energetic and physical release.

Postpartum: Keeping women warm is at the heart of many women’s wisdom practices across the world, including traditional postpartum practices. Using Yoni Steams after birth brings nourishing heat, supports the body to release fluids, and aids the womb in shrinking back to pre-pregnancy size. If you have had a caesarian you want to wait a little longer than vaginal birth, until you’ve healed well.

Peri-menopause and menopause: When your cycles are slowing down or changing, the Yoni Steam can stimulate circulation and support your womb to continue to release fully. On the other side of menopause, the warming steam can be revitalizing for vaginal dryness while nourishing a deep connection to your feminine center and Inner Woman in a time of initiation and transformation.

Pelvic pain, tightness or pain during intercourse: For women experiencing pelvic pain, chronic holding, or tightness the Yoni Steam helps to soothe and relax the pelvic muscles. Combine the steam with breath awareness and full diaphragmatic breathing to relax your pelvic muscles and create a loving connection with your feminine center.

After Hysterectomy or other pelvic surgeries: The heat and warmth can be a soothing therapy for scar tissue. When combined with castor oil packs and massage it helps to increase vitality after surgery. Doing a Yoni Steam may also be helpful in emotionally and energetically reconnecting with your feminine center after an invasive procedure and experience. Your feminine center always remains even if you no longer have your physical womb or ovaries.

Avoid Yoni Steams if:

  • You are pregnant or think you may be pregnant!
  • You are bleeding
  • If you have an IUD or another contraceptive device in place.
  • Have a vaginal infection or open wounds.
  • When trying to support infertility or a specific condition where there may be particular contraindications to be aware of.

How to do it at home

  • Collect your plants with prayer and intention. For the amount I recommend going with your intuition. For a relative guide you can use, 2 liters of water with 2-4 dl of dried herbs or 3-5 dl of fresh herbs.
  • Cut the herbs into a large pot and cover them with your lukewarm water. Find yourself a cozy spot to sit while you make a ritual of pouring your love, prayer and intention into the water and herbs while massaging them with your hands for few minutes. Call in the healing and nourishment your feminine body needs.
  • Then bring your herbs+water to boil. Simmer on the stove for 10-15min. This will bring out more of the essential oils in the plants. Be careful when you sit to not burn the sensitive tissues of your vulva! You will probably need to let it steam off for a few moments before you can sit over it.
  • Enjoy your steam for about 20 minutes. If you are able to, the ideal position is to squat. This brings the most open position to the pelvis, but may not be available for everyone or comfortable for long periods of time. You can also switch between squatting and kneeling while bending over with your elbows on the floor. Get creative here. There are also vaginal steam stools and chairs available to buy online. Make sure you wear socks and wrap the blankets closely around you and the pot, so all the heat stays inside.
  • Rest and nurture yourself afterwards, stay warm, drink some herbal tea and move slowly. Breathe this feminine nourishment into your womb and wise woman bones. 

What herbs to use

vaginal yoni steam herbsThe rule of thumb is to use organic edible herbs, either freshly picked or dried. Some traditions offer specific herbal formulas for different conditions. Different combinations of herbs can add nourishment, tone, and cleansing because the vaginal tissues are so absorbent. I don’t recommend using essential oils as they are too concentrated for this purpose.

Let your intuition guide you towards the plants you need by choosing the ones you are currently drawn to. For more inspiration on working intuitively with plants, one of my favorite books on this topic is  “The Secret Teaching Of Plants” by Stephen Harrod Buhner.

Herbs to use include: rosemary, oregano, basil, comfrey, mugwort, motherwort, yarrow, raspberry leaf, calendula, lavender, fennel and basil, oregano, rose, nettle, sage, marigold, plantain leaves, damiana, lemon balm and many more.

Prayer and intention is an important part of working with plants and a deeply potent way of accessing support beyond the physical. You can’t do this wrong, just speak from your heart, plant your intentions, and ask for the healing support of the plant.

Inspiration for herbal blends 

Menstrual balance blend: Motherwort (great for fatigue, cramps, and to aid relaxation), Mugwort (promotes suppressed menses), Basil (Uterine stimulant), Rosemary (increases circulation to the reproductive organs),  Calendula (Cleansing, lessens inflammation), Chamomile (Soothing to the vaginal tissues).

Perimenopause / PMS blend: Mugwort (promotes suppressed menses), Oregano (soothing, brings circulations and cleansing to the uterus), Raspberry leaf (strengthens and tones the uterine and pelvic muscles, and is a pelvic and uterine relaxant),  Red Rose Petals (Cooling, gentle and astringent to the tissues of the genitals).

Menopause blend: Basil (Uterine stimulant), Raspberry leaf (strengthens and tones the uterine and pelvic muscles, and is a pelvic and uterine relaxant), Marshmallow (vaginal dryness), Sage (Astringent. Spiritually cleansing), Chamomile (Soothing to the vaginal tissues).

Fertility blend: Rosemary (increases circulation to the reproductive organs), Wormwood (Antifungal and antibacterial), Basil (Uterine stimulant), Calendula (Cleansing, lessens inflammation), chamomile, Red Rose Petals (Cooling, gentle and astringent to the tissues of the genitals), Lavender (antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, relaxing nerving).

Miscarriage blend: Mugwort (promotes suppressed menses), Oregano (soothing, brings circulations and cleansing to the uterus) Calendula (Cleansing, lessens inflammation), Lavender (antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, relaxing nerving).

Postpartum blend: Oregano (soothing, brings circulations and cleansing to the uterus), Rosemary (increases circulation to the reproductive organs), Raspberry leaf ( strengthens and tones the uterine and pelvic muscles, and is a pelvic and uterine relaxant), Calendula (Cleansing, lessens inflammation), Yarrow (Astringent. Cleansing. Antibacterial), Comfrey (healing and soothing).

Changes to expect after Yoni Steaming

Various changes may follow after Yoni Steaming, from healing and physical releases to blissful relaxation. Things you might see include changes in your menstrual cycle, release of dark blood and clots, a lighter cycle and increased awareness of your feminine body. If there has been stagnancy or menstrual imbalances, you may expect there to be some significant changes or dark syrupy blood releasing with your next moon-time. For others the changes may come more slowly and be much more subtle.

During and after your steam you might feel tired or emotional, and it’s important you take the time to rest and stay warm after your Yoni Steam.

I hope this guide has given you the info you need to get started, if you have any questions please add them in the comments below.

And please share if you feel inspired to try or you’ve had your own experience with Yoni Steaming, so we can all be inspired be each other. I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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22 comments on “Your Complete Guide To The Feminine Ritual Of Yoni Steams
  1. Rachel says:

    Thank you so much for your lovely post!!
    How often do you recommend a yoni steam?

    Love
    Rachel

    • Indigomoon says:

      Hi Rachael, thank’s for letting me know you enjoyed it! The frequency depends on why you are Yoni Steaming. For regular moon cycle care I love to do 2-3 Yoni Steams in the days leading up to my moontime. If you are using it to heal a specific menstrual imbalance you may add more for a week up to your moontime. Other considerations apply if you are using them to conceive. Hope you enjoy your steaming!

    • Aline says:

      Thank you so much for this useful information…. War can a woman do n use for a tighting after9 children… Thank you again…

      • Indigomoon says:

        Hi Aline, my pleasure! I’m so glad it’s helpful for you. It’s not a straight forward answer, as far as what you need to do to tighten your yoni. It is very individual, because a lack of sensation, or ability to use your pelvic floor muscles can be caused by a variety of imbalances. Too much tension in our pelvis can also create an inability to use our pelvic floor muscles fully, for an example. So it is so important to be assessed personally. Womb Massage, posture, breath-work, pelvic floor-specific yoga, and internal self-massage are amazing at restoring and awakening your center. Please email me personally, if you want more specific recommendations based on your needs. My contact email is at the bottom of my website, just scroll down and press the ‘Contact’ button on the left side. Xx Indigomoon

  2. Tamara says:

    Beautiful Indigomoon!

    Thank you so much for this ritual. I know, it will become a rich source of recharging for me – one day 😉
    I’ve tried it twice so far, with more or less success.
    Here’s my story:

    ————-

    Yoni-Steam-Rollercoaster

    This one goes out to all of you beautiful women out there, whose days never seem long enough to fit family,
    work and spiritual practice in there…
    And I know that you can’t separate one from the other and that you are supposed to see family and job AS
    the practice, but come on, let’s be honest:
    It’s nice to have a few moments on the yoga mat for yourself. Just like that – no distractions.

    So there I am, on my free afternoon. Yes, the little one is willing to spend the afternoon with daddy and
    daddy is relaxed enough to do so.
    I’m pre-menstrual and have dreamed of a nice yoni-steam for a few days already.
    And as the afternoon is short, I’d like to listen to the latest womb-illumination talk whilst steaming.
    You know, to get the most out of the time.

    I have a juicy time preparing for the steam, choosing the herbs, massaging them, still catching some sun rays
    while the mixture is boiling.

    After my last steam, which I spent sitting on the toilet for lack of other ideas, beautiful pot of freshly picked late-summer-garden-herbs
    under me, I felt I had to change the scenery to really feel the magic.
    The loo isn’t quite the first place that comes to mind when you think of some precious nurturing quality-time..

    So this time I squat down in front of the bed, candles, crystals, woolen socks and cosy blanket waiting for me.
    After one minute into the steam I find myself gettin uncomfortable. So I start shifting my weight, kneeling, squatting, leaning,
    changing my position every 10 seconds to find THE angle to stay in, at least for a bit.
    The Womb-Illumnis do their best to take my mind of the distress, but after 15 minutes there’s no way I can ignore the
    nagging feeling of unsatisfaction inside me any longer.

    So I go on a search for alternatives, in the apartment and beyond: small stools, crib sides, plant trolleys, … I get super-creative, but nothing works.
    And quarter an hour of intense hip-opening has given me the rest.
    I feel BAAAD. Dissapointed, hurting and sad.

    I make a mental note for December. “Dear Mother Christmas. I wish for a beautiful, cosy yoni steam chair. Love, Tamara”

    But for now, feeling slightly beaten, but relieved at the same time, I decide to retreat to the toilet. At last.
    With the pot under me, freshly steaming after adding new hot water, wrapped in a moist bathroom-towel, resting my head on a family-package of
    wet wipes, I manage to find a few moments of peace – between outlining this comment – but still, ALSO a little peace.

    That’s it: the last check on my to-do-list for today…
    Thank you

    • Indigomoon says:

      Thanks for sharing love! It’s always a wild journey when we return to our center 🙂 I hope that Yoni Steam chair finds its way to you, so you can be nourished by this practice. I’ve had one made for my Womb Massage clients, and they’re not hard to create if you are handy with tools. Xx Indigomoon

  3. Z says:

    I have never been what I call a “woo woo woman” no offence, I just find being a woman so desperately inconvenient and have spent much of my life wanting the freedom of masculinity. I have no real desire to be spiritual about my period and can find that sentiment quite grating, although I respect it non the less.
    Since I was 25, 5 years ago, my periods went into “hell and high water setting” for a while I thought I had gone crazy, the pain was so bad. After having all the test and being told I didn’t have all the usual I have begrudgingly settled for the result that come in brackets (your a woman, life sucks and your womb is trying to kill you-hold out for the menopause and the extra testosterone).
    I have always been into herbs, so i got into agnus catus, which helped some, but I was not able to keep that up financially and so I was back to square one. Some periods are good, well few, most of them cost me a few days a month which I detest. I have settled into a co- bleeding relationship with a friend where we basically hibernate together every 28 days cursing our organs watching bad tv and eating a lot. That has been sweet. Although offers no pain reduction.
    Recently I have been finding ovulation difficult too, mostly a lot of fatigue.
    Some of my more woo woo women friends have been discussing Yoni Steams and which I have just tried for the first time.
    I’m surprised at how rough I feel after the steam. To be fair to the steam, I didn’t feel great before, but now I am in bed, full on cramps, nausea, fatigue and dizzyness. I did enjoy the steam itself, it was quite relaxing, to sit on the loo whilst I continued working on my laptop.

    Anyway, that is my story. If I remember I may pop back to update if it get’s easier. Thanks for posting this information, I really enjoyed the list of herbs. I also appreciate you being more woo woo than me so I have something to google- lol.

    Take care,

    Zx

    • Indigomoon says:

      Haha Z, your woo woo comments are making me laugh! 🙂

      It is quite common to experience worse symptoms after a Yoni Steam, especially when you’ve been dealing with menstrual imbalances for many years. It’s a gentle, but powerful practice. It can take a few cycles for it to help rebalance. Did you do your steam in the days leading up to your period?

      It is incredibly challenging to deal with painful and difficult cycles, so I understand why you would wish them away. These symptoms, although common enough to be normal, should not be considered a given part of being a woman. They are signs of an imbalance that can also be balanced with the right support.

      I’m glad the article was helpful for you. Would love to hear an update! Xx Indigomoon

      • Z says:

        Well Indigomood- I’ll be dammed! I am a convert! I feel great today. I might not be woo woo be I will be steaming my Yoni regularly from now on.
        After writing you yesterday, I stayed in bed and finished a series of telenovela’s and slept early. This morning I really felt wonderful! And I have had a great day.
        To answer your question- yes I did the steam in the lead up to my period-I am due in a few days having ovulated last week. I will try and do one or two more beforeI bleed. I am really quite excited about the prospect of reduced pain and not loosing a few days a month!
        I’ll keep you posted and glad to have made you laugh! Zx

        • Indigomoon says:

          Yay! So happy to hear that Z, that’s great! Keep it up for a few cycles, even if you don’t see a change in your first period. And keep me updated, I’d love to hear how you go. Xx

  4. Caitlin says:

    Can you tell me why I shouldn’t yoni steam if I have an IUD in? I’m done having kids and the iud is a really good option for me. But I’m very interested in yoni steaming!! Please share your advice on the subject. Many thanks! We

    • Indigomoon says:

      Hi Caitlin, the general guideline of avoiding Yoni Steaming with an IUD, is mostly to be extra careful in case there is an unknown complication with the IUD (which could be anything from it being malpositioned to a more serious case of it being embedded into the uterus). Also there is worry that it could increase the small risk of the body expelling the IUD, more unlikely for women that have had their IUD for a long time. These are worse case scenario things that are important to be aware of, there are risks associated with a foreign object in your womb. Yoni Steams are generally very gentle, but can be stimulating to the womb, which is why I generally take it on a case by case basis with women I work with. I hope that helps! Xx Indigomoon

  5. J says:

    Had a hysterectomy about 7 years ago, I still have my ovaries so I still suffer from PMS. Will this help me although I have no uterus or cervix. And I am also having more dryness and I never have had that problem before and I was wondering if the steam would help that and if so what herbs would you suggest to use.

    • Indigomoon says:

      Hi J, Yoni Steaming may be a contributing therapy for you, but it can’t solve it on its own. The Yoni Steam can support you with nourishing your vaginal tissue with increased blood circulation and nurturing heat. Marshmallow root and red clover are good plants for vaginal dryness. I also like to add rosemary, and mugwort.
      However, removing your uterus does affect the function of your ovaries, and your hormone levels, so there are likely underlying reasons that are creating PMS and vaginal dryness. Have you had your hormone levels checked to see where you are at? I definitely would still recommend Yoni Steaming for you, but to solve PMS, your body will need more support. Xx Indigomoon

  6. Shemika says:

    I had my cycle and about two days after it ended I steamed. A week or so later I started began another cycle. Is this normal? I went to Urgent Care and they didn’t see anything wrong.

    • Indigomoon says:

      Hi Shemika, I understand your concern. What can happen sometimes is that you release old blood that has been stagnant in your womb, and may not have been released in your last/or earlier cycles. In that case you would likely notice the blood is less, and shorter than a regular cycle, and the blood will often be more brown or dark. If it was light spotting, it may also have been ovulation spotting. But there are also common imbalances that can cause what you experienced. To clarify further I would need more details about your regular cycle pattern, as well as what the blood was like. Feel free to email me. Xx Indigomoon

  7. Nalah says:

    I would like to try a Yoni Steam tonight. I have had a lot of trauma to my womb and would like to heal her. I have a bunch of different herbs that aren’t listed here and wanted to know if they would be safe to use? I have: Bay Leaves, Cinnamon Sticks, Cloves, Fresh Cilantro, Dried Eucalyptus, Fresh Mint, Fresh Thyme. I don’t think I have anymore oregano…Would any of these be safe to use (or mix and use)?

    • Indigomoon says:

      Hi Nalah, I hope you enjoyed your Yoni Steam, it is a very nourishing ritual to include in your healing journey and general womb-loving-care. All the herbs you mentioned are fine to include in your Yoni Steam, they each bring different qualities. Thyme is a a great base herb for your steam, then you can add some of the other herbs in that you feel drawn to. Much love to your womb. Xx Indigomoon

      • Nalah says:

        I thoroughly enjoyed my steam! I will make sure to do it more often. I felt so calm and relaxed afterwards. I felt a lot of release which was amazing. I cannot wait to do it again, I feel like this is the beginning of something great. Thank you so much for your article and your response! X0X0

  8. Fatz says:

    Hey i am have a problem of irregular mensurational cycle will the steam help me ?
    If positive what is the herb that i should use
    Xoxo

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