What is a V-steam?
Ancient hydrotherapy used by midwives in Africa, Asia and South America passed from generation to generation to nurture and cleanse the uterus through herbal infused vaginal steaming
What does it do?
It does a number of things. Primarily, it enhanced the circulation of blood flow in the reproductive area, supports the renewing of the endometrial lining, cleanses and warms the uterus and reduces muscle tightness. It is also known to help with menstruation issues, fertility issues and assist in balancing hormones.
If you experience painful cramping: The dark blood at the onset of your period is what did not flush out the last cycle and the dark blood at the end of the period is from many months, even years of accumulation on the uterine membrane. The accumulation hardens, darkens and thickens which makes the uterus work and cramp harder to expel the indurated material. The combination of steam and essential oils from the plants penetrate deeply into the cervix and uterus to dislodge indurated menstrual fluids and pathological accumulations that have not properly sloughed off with each monthly cycle. Induration of the uterine membrane causes the uterus to cramp fiercely to expel the hardened or thickened accumulation.
When to do it and for how long?
Immediately after your period ends. Each steaming session should be 15-30 minutes in length
What herbs to use?
Herbal combinations are customized for the purpose of your steam. If your goal is to work on menstruation issues, fertility issues or a general cleanse, the herbal combinations and ratios will change. Consult your local certified herbalist to help you. Whatever you do, be sure the herbs are organic!!! Herbs are sprayed with pesticides and you do not want that vaping in your nether region! If you do not know where to start, perhaps start by using organic teas...
Common herbs used for general cleanse vaginal steam baths include Oregano, basil, marigold, rosemary; Additional herbs used are listed on the screen: burdock leaves, motherwort, chamomile, yarrow, plantain, squaw vine, lavender and thyme.
Who is this indicated for?
In ancient times, vaginal steaming was primarily used after childbirth to help the uterus return to a pre-pregnancy state. So, it is great for postpartum. It also used for fibroids, cysts, hemorrhoids, clots, vaginal dryness, endometriosis, menopause, hormonal imbalances and vaginal odors.
Who is contraindicated?
If you are pregnant or currently on your period, wait until the baby arrives or your period ends. After ovulation, you must know for sure you are not pregnant. If you have an IUD, this is not recommended. If you have vaginal piercings, they should be removed before steaming. If you have very heavy bleeding, that should be reduced first. Infections are not indicated.
Message to the haters...
You may hear some people saying this is all a hoax or even potentially harmful. It is always crazy to me how allopathic doctors routinely recommend pharmaceuticals with harmful side effects on a regular basis without much concern. But, when a natural and harmless therapy is recommended, all of sudden there is no scientific research. blah, blah, blah. Something used for millennia without harm is plenty of research. And yes, the vagina naturally cleans itself. The steam simply loosens any indurated material so that it can be released naturally.
Setup chair and turn on crockpot/rice cooker
Take a shower
Put on the steam robe
Allow water to cool a bit before adding delicate herbs as the essential oils will evaporate. I cup fresh or 3 tbsp dried herbs
Simmer slowly for 10 minutes
Steep for 5 minutes
Use forearm to test the steam
Put socks on your feet. Feet must stay warm and sit for 20 minutes
State your intention before seating on the seat and be sure you have peed
Sit for 10-30 minutes and do what makes you feel good. I like to read books or listen to music or a great audiobook or binge-watch NB videos!
Afterward, the woman should ideally lie in bed for an hour under warm covers or just be sure to stay out of all drafts and keep warm. Bedtime is the best time to do vaginal steam. How often? When there is pathology with menses, we ask the woman to do three steams within the week before her period begins. She repeats this monthly until her menstrual fluids are pink and there is no cramping.
What to expect
You may sweat and sweat is good. It means you are detoxifying.
It is relaxing. Self-care is healthcare. So, be in the moment and enjoy it.
It's similar to getting a facial for your uterus
You may experience shorter/lighter periods. You may also experience discharge as your body releases what is not needed
You should feel very comfortable and soothing. After 5 minutes you can taste the herbs on your tongue.
HOW IT WORKS: steam, heat and essential oils, enter the vagina through the cervix into the uterus and acts like the oven-off spray. You spray it and then you see all of the caked-on dirt start to melt away. If you have an indurated uterine membrane or debris stuck to the uterine membrane, the steam, heat and essential oil loosen the material.
There will be changes in menstruation. It may look like coffee grounds, clots, chocolate syrup, minced meat. Like the saying goes, better an empty apartment than a bad tenant! Your menstrual flow may change initially. Typically, 1 week of vaginal steaming is enough. If no pathology, 4-6x per year as preventative maintenance is great. If there are pathologies, it should be done monthly until pathology improves. The best time is just before your period 1-3x in a week.
Please don't toss it in the trash. Pour the liquid in your garden or grounds. Place the used herbs in your home plants or put them in your composting bin.
LINKS TO PRODUCTS USED
Vaginal Steam Seat: https://amzn.to/3tKlF2g
Miniature Slow Cooker: https://amzn.to/3tJo0KR
Vaginal Steam Robe: https://amzn.to/2ML5xgx
Calendula (Marigold) Tea: https://www.buddhateas.com/calendula-flowers-tea.html?acc=86b20716fbd5b253d27cec43127089bc