Since the whisper of humankind’s first footstep on this earth, the plant Kingdom has been with us to guide, protect and heal all those who chose to listen to their silent wisdom. There are those who heard the messages stronger than others, over time. It is the ones we named Shaman, Priestess and Medicine Woman who stepped forward to learn the teachings and healing powers of the plants to become the Healers of their tribes and communities.
Yoni Steaming i.e. Vaginal Steam Therapy is a plant medicine practice to restore balance to our feminine cycles that wombyn have used for thousands of years across the planet. Yoni is the Sanscrit word for vagina and translates into “Sacred Temple.” Roots of this ancient healing ritual have been found in Africa, the Indigenous Americas, Korea and India. Healers have been prescribing herbal yoni steams to support fertility, as well as challenging menstrual cycles, PMS, postpartum healing, menopause, cysts/fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, trauma and more.
Different plants support the healing of each of these imbalances. Yoni steams can aid us in regaining a perceived loss of fertility and welcome a successful pregnancy. Whether we have been told by medical doctors or our own bodies that we are not able to conceive, there is hope. With a combination of herbs, nutrition and lifestyle changes, it is possible and highly likely that you will be able to physically conceive the child of your dreams.
There are so many relevant factors within this small sentence. And yet, many case studies on women with “unexplained infertility” point to evidence that the “infertility” is due to residual build-up of years and years of tissue that have not been able to fully exit the body each month during our menstrual cycle. If you can imagine, many of us have been bleeding since our early teens. Each month, our body creates all of this comfy tissue coating around our uterus in preparation to conceive a baby. When the baby doesn’t come, our body must expel the tissue – yet it is nearly impossible for all of it to exit our body each month. So, a build up of tissue residue begins to happen.
If you are a women who experiences cramps during ovulation or during your cycle, those cramps are your muscles contracting to squeeze all of that extra tissue out of your body. When there is an excess of this old tissue residue in the lining of the uterus, a fertilized egg has no secure nesting place to develop inside the uterus wall. Signs that you have tissue residue can be seen during your menstrual cycle. Look out for: Brown/black/ purple blood, clotting, cramps, missing cycles and overlong cycles. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, conception has been interfered.
Yoni steaming uses the support of medicinal plants to break up tissue residue so that it can be easily flushed out of our body with our next cycle. When we steam the herbs in a pot of water, the volatile oils of the plants are released into the water and carried up through the steam into our uterus where they can do their healing work. Our yoni is the most absorbent point of our body. When we bring heat to this sacred space, our blood flow and circulation increases. Our blood can then be empowered to move through stagnant areas and clear out tissue residue within our uterus to create a healthy environment for a baby to grow and be nourished.
The Plant Kingdom has such a wide variety of resources at our disposal. Many herbs have been used for yoni steam fertility blends during this century old practice. The herbs that we have found to be the most relevant for fertility treatment are as follows:
This nourishing, blood purifying herb is rich in minerals and improves genital blood circulation, which is essential for reproductive function. Red clover aids our bodies in detoxing from environmental pollutants and supports all stages of pregnancy, from conception to lactation.
Red raspberry leaf contains extremely high vitamin and mineral content, which boosts nutrition and increase chances of a healthy pregnancy. It also strengthens and tonifies the uterus to prepare for pregnancy. It may help prevent miscarriage due to uterine weakness. It supports recovery from fibroids, cysts, endometriosis and uterine prolapse for a healthy pregnancy.
Nettles provide hormone balance support, healthy iron levels and proper liver function. Nourishes and tones the uterus. They contain high amounts of chlorophyll, a natural detox, which prepares the body for pregnancy and sustaining an embryo once conceived.
Oat straw aids in stress reduction which is essential for wombyn who have been experiencing fertility issues and are circulating a toxic amount of cortisol and anxiety in their blood stream.
This extremely powerful herb nourishes the pituitary gland. It helps lengthen the luteal phase, which is the phase between your ovulation and menstrual cycle. This is the potent phase after our egg is released and conception is most likely to happen. It lowers prolactin and raises progesterone levels in the body.
First prepare your space. Choose a nice corner of your bedroom or living space where you can be alone and feel safe and comfortable. Set up a yoga mat or this blanket, light some candles, put on some soothing music. Then prepare your herbs. As you mix the herbs together with your (clean) hands, set the intention you wish to achieve by yoni steaming into the herbs. It is essential to visualize what you desire to receive as you mix the herbs with your hands. This ensures that you are sending a clear message to both your own spirit and the healing powers of the plant medicine.
Put on an ankle length skirt, or use a heavy blanket to wrap around yourself. Keep your socks on and remove any undergarments. This skirt/blanket is now your own personal steam room.
Measure 1 heaping cup of herbs and combine with two quarts of spring/filtered water in a pot. Cover the pot and heat the herbs for 10 minutes until boiling. Remove the pot from heat and delicately pour the herb and water mixture into a heat safe bowl. We recommend using ceramic or heat safe glass (NO METAL OF ANY KIND).
Place your bowl on your yoga mat. The most important part of the message here is to TEST THE STEAM with your hand BEFORE kneeling over the steaming bowl of herbs. This is not a more pain more gain experience. The steam should be hot but not burning. We do NOT want to burn our precious yoni. After you have determined that the steam is at the correct temperature, kneel over the bowl and make sure that your skirt covers the ground around you, containing the steam. You may now continue kneeling or fall into a gentle resting pose. Many people find comfort in the yogic “child’s pose”with the forehead to the earth and arms stretched out in front of the head. You may want to consider using pillows or padding under your knees to increase your comfort.
The steam experience will last anywhere between 10-20 minutes. While you are steaming, visualize the results of the steam. Imagine letting go of all of the detrimental thoughts that have not served you in your fertility journey. Visualize clearing out your womb space of toxic emotions and tissue residue. See your body creating a clear and healthy environment for your baby to thrive, while planting the dream seeds of your desires and budding family. In meditation, allow the earth to receive the energy you are releasing so that she can transmute any negativity and grow beautiful flowers for all beings to enjoy.
When you are complete, relax in a warm bed and allow your body and mind to integrate the medicine, just like Savasana in yoga. You may drink the herbal blend as an enriching, nutritious and nourishing tea. Whatever is left over, do your best to return the herbs to the earth with gratitude for the healing they have provided.
Every individual has specific needs and you may need to experiment with the amount of times and the length of time that works for you. Case studies by Keli Garza show that 6 – 10 steam sessions per month for 3 – 6 cycles in a row will show results. You can expect to see an increase in old residue exiting the body during your first menstrual cycle. Each of the cycles following that will become cleaner with fresh red blood.
Remember sisters; as with any herbs, supplements or medication, please consult a health care professional about your specific case – especially if you have already begun hormone treatments. And always do your own research.
Choosing our herb source is just as important as choosing our food source. Think GMO vs Organic. The quality of the herbs you use makes all the difference for your health and healing. We recommend organic, handcrafted and locally sourced herbs from family run businesses such as Sacred Lotus Yoni Steam. Their “Cosmic Egg” Fertility Blend is backed by a Clinical Herbalist and is available through special order on their website. Many wombyn find it uncomfortable to kneel or remain in child’s pose for a period of time while receiving the herbal medicine through the steam. If this sounds like you, you can invest in a “steam stool” to support your body while you relax in a more comfortable manner to receive your healing. You may find steam stools at the Sacred Lotus Yoni Steam website and many other places on the internet.
Many blessings on your fertility journey!
Sabrina is the co-Founder of Sacred Lotus Yoni Steam and is working on her Peristeam Therapy Certification. She walks the Priestess Path and shares Womb Wisdom Transmissions in gatherings from New York to California. She is inspired by nature, children and mystery. Bless!