My yoni (a.k.a. vagina) is pretty healthy. I have no history of major sexual and reproductive health issues. I keep regular appointments with my gynecologist. I wash her with warm water and vagina-friendly cleansers. I don’t douche. I get yearly STD checks. And I keep her neat and trimmed. In short, nothing major has happened down there besides sex and childbirth.
My care routine is pretty basic because vaginas typically don’t need undue attention, unless there are clear signs of disease or infection. Soaps, perfumes, and powders aren’t needed because the vagina is pretty much a self-cleaning oven when left alone. In fact, I am an avid supporter of vaginal health and warn against tampering with the natural pH, flora, and bacteria that live within. But knowing these things, I was still curious about the Yoni steaming hype.
A concoction of herbs are placed in the For months, my social media feeds have been littered with sisters squatting over steaming pots of steeped herbs touting the sexual and reproductive health benefits of Yoni steaming. Several holistic health and medicinal spas offer the service and swear by the the steam’s ability to treat:
- Irregular or painful periods
- Uterine fibroids
- Yeast infections
- Ovarian cysts
- Scarring from C-sections, hysterectomies and laparoscopies ….
Of course, OB/GYNs aren’t too thrilled about the idea of steaming a vagina and the health benefits practitioners claim they experience. Many docs are concerned about burns, irritation, and infections. And though the practice has been around for a very long time (think centuries…), the purported benefits haven’t been confirmed by modern, Western medicine.
Still, I couldn’t pass up the chance to try it out myself.
How did I do it?
For my yoni steam I used The Honey Pot Durham’s DIY Transform Herbal Steam Blend. This blend contained a proprietary blend of calendula, chamomile, dong quai, lavender, motherwort, rose petals, and yarrow.
Per the directions provided:
- I boiled one gallon of distilled water and added one cup of herbs.
- I removed the liquid from the stove and let the herb blend steep for five minutes. I allowed the liquid to cool for another 10 or so minutes.
- I transferred the liquid (herbs and all) to a stainless steel bowl, which was placed in my toilet (which is pretty deep).
- After I felt the concoction was at a safe, comfortable temperature, I undressed from the bottom down, sat on the toilet, and covered myself with a couple of towels. I “steamed” for about 30 minutes.
How did it feel?
If I could described the experience in four words, it would be: “very warm but tolerable”. It took a few minutes to get used to the copious amount of sweat that generated in my nether region due to the steam. As the steam gradually cooled, the warmth of the liquid and fragrance of the herbs were surprisingly relaxing. It was practically the same feeling one would get if they took a warm bath (according to The Honey Pot Durham, the herbs can actually be poured into a shallow drawn bath). After my session, my vulva certainly felt hydrated and I noticed an increase in vaginal moisture.
So, what’s the verdict?
I can’t verify or bear witness to the yoni steam’s ability to alleviate the sexual and reproductive aliments listed above, especially after one steaming session. My hydrated vulva and moisturized vagina were obviously a direct result of the application of steam to the area. But, a person may have different outcomes depending on the particular herbal blend used and multiple steaming sessions over time.
In all, my experience was positive and I didn’t experience any burns or other adverse reactions from the herbs. However, I’m a “bath fanatic”. So, I’ll probably skip the steams in the future and continue my Epsom salt baths.
To those looking for a new spa experience, yoni steams may be worth a try. Several spas are now offering the service which can run between $75-$150+. However, many people choose to make their own blend and steam at home. Yoni steaming may also be an option for those seeking all-natural or alternative treatments for sexual and reproductive health issues. But as with anything, it’s always good practice to seek the advice of a healthcare provider before attempting new treatments.