Yoni steam : benefits, precaution and use

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Popularised by the famous American actress Gwyneth Paltrow, the vaginal sauna or Yoni Steam is a new treatment that is gaining more and more ground in the spa world and on the internet.

The aim of this treatment is to clean and purify a woman’s intimate parts in depth, but also to soothe painful periods and promote fertility. Although no scientific study to date has confirmed the truth of these allegations, numerous testimonies from women show the benefits of the vaginal sauna.

In this article, we tell you all about this new wellness trend.

What is it?

First of all, it should be noted that the vaginal sauna has several names depending on the cultural area in which it is practised. Thus, to designate this treatment, we may speak of Yoni Steam, Vulvar Sauna, Vaginal or Feminine Steam, Vaginal Spa, Hydrology in naturopathy, Women’s Sauna, V-steam, Perineal Sauna, Los Bajos (among the Latin peoples of South America) or Chai-Yok in the two Koreas, etc.

Hydrology or vaginal sauna is a treatment technique that involves kneeling or sitting (at a safe distance) over a steam bath.

The purpose of the vaginal sauna is to send steam to the perineal area. The steam absorbed helps the body to relax, the pelvic floor to relax and the blood to flow. By promoting the dilation of the blood vessels, this practice helps to improve the blood circulation in the genital area. This optimisation of blood circulation promotes a better distribution of oxygen in the body and therefore more vitality in daily life.

When you prepare your yonisteam bath, you can add elixirs, plants, roots and flowers carefully chosen by you and according to your needs. In addition to the steam they release, these medicinal plants have active ingredients that act effectively throughout your body and particularly in the pelvis.

The benefits

The benefits of the vaginal sauna for reproductive health and your daily well-being are numerous. This non-medicated treatment works effectively in the body to relieve menstrual pain in women and other disorders such as endometriosis that can affect the vagina and uterus. Among other benefits, women’s saunas can:

  • balance hormones
  • regenerate the uterus
  • relieve menstrual cramps
  • boost fertility
  • relaxes the vaginal canal
  • nourish and tone the perineal area
  • prevent vaginal infections
  • bring more regularity to menstrual cycles
  • reduce or limit certain vaginal disorders
  • rebalance the pH
  • relieve the effects of endometriosis

The vaginal sauna is a practice that also allows for physical reconciliation with oneself, especially for those who have a conflicting relationship with their body due to certain traumas related to their uterus, pathologies or pain. It is a treatment that ultimately promotes internal healing and helps the woman to reconnect with the element of femininity that makes her unique.

Precautions and contraindications

Vaginal spa bathing is a practice that can be dangerous if you use boiling water. Make sure you always control the temperature of your preparation so that it is not dangerous, to avoid burning your genitalia. You must also respect the time of this treatment and never exceed 40 minutes.

As far as contraindications are concerned, they are mainly intended to alert you to situations in which vaginal sauna use is strictly inadvisable. You can ask your doctor for advice before you start. There are many cases where this treatment is prohibited:

  • during pregnancy (from the first day until the sixth week after giving birth)
  • if you have active herpes
  • in case of heavy and/or red bleeding (the steam could trigger a haemorrhage and boost the blood circulation to an abnormal level)
  • in case of a vaginal or urinary infection, at the first sign of it
  • after an operation, ablation, abortion, caesarean section, childbirth…
  • in case of venous problems
  • if you have hot flushes: in this case, it is better to follow a protocol specially designed by modern medicine
  • if you have a short cycle, with two bleeds
  • if you have an IUD
  • during the ovulation period, especially for those who want to get pregnant
  • open wound

How to use it?

By impregnating her intimacy with these fragrant vapours, the vagina is purified and benefits from many advantages. Some vaginal sauna practitioners promise relief from menstrual pain and a boost to fertility.

To do a vaginal sauna treatment, you must, as mentioned above, sit naked over a large bowl of steaming hot water (not too hot) into which you have previously introduced certain aromatic plants. Soaking your intimacy with this infusion will purify the vaginal area, in addition to the many other benefits you will experience.

If you have opted for a stool, you will need to wear a cape or long skirt to ensure that the steam reaches your genital area.

Choosing which plants to use for a yoni steam

These may vary from patient to patient depending on their needs. Overall, this treatment mobilises several plants, with the aim of optimising the properties they offer. Very often, we will find in the composition :

  • lavender for its antiseptic properties
  • basil for fluidity
  • chaste tree fruit known to regulate hormones
  • nettle leaf to strengthen the uterine walls
  • sage helps fight the symptoms of menopause
  • red clover to fight the symptoms of menopause
  • the raspberry leaf that helps to regularize the menstr cyclethe raspberry leaf that helps regulate the menstrual cycle
  • cinnamon for its antispasmodic properties
  • chamomile for its soothing properties

Preparing your vaginal sauna

  • Pour 3 tablespoons of herbal preparation into 1 liter of water.
  • Boil the mixture for 10-15 minutes.
  • Then turn off the heat and leave for 5 minutes for the solution to cool slightly.
  • Then pour the entire solution into the bowl.
  • Check the temperature of the solution by shaking your hand over the bowl (especially to prevent and avoid any risk of burning).
  • the session must notexceed 20 minutes

Various questions

How often should it be used?

For the treatment of reproductive system disorders such as endometriosis or fibroids, it is recommended to use the vaginal sauna on a regular basis – especially once a week (except during the bleeding phase). However, if you have irregular or painful periods, you should just do it 3 days before and after your period.

Is it dangerous?

Vaginal sauna baths can be dangerous because there is a risk of burning if you do not take the necessary precautions. If the water is too hot, the boiling steam will probably burn your vaginal mucosa.

Can I use it during my period?

Vaginal sauna baths are not recommended during the menstrual period.

Where to buy it?

Our site offers 2 products: the stool or the removable sauna kit. Herbs are also available on this site.

How to choose the plants to be infused?

Not all herbal remedies are suitable for perineal saunas, which is why we have given you a list of those you can use earlier in this article. If there are any that can be used on their own, you will need to mix them in most cases.
You can also buy preparations on our dedicated page.