Herbal Vaginal/Yoni Steam
Vaginal steam baths, or “Bajos” (ba-hoes) as they are known in Spanish, are used to assist in the warming of the womb in conjunction with the Maya Massage for the treatment of numerous female symptoms. Men can achieve similar benefits with herbal penis soaks.
Increased circulation rejuvenates the regenerative organs with the fresh arterial blood supply and venous and lymphatic drainage, allowing the organs to heal and repair, as it warms and nourishes the cells and tissues. The aromatics of the herbs penetrate deep into the pelvic tissue, cervix, womb, vagina (and for the men, the penis and testes).
You can purchase a yoni steam pot (available for order at walmart: google Femme Detox Yoni Steam Seat or Yoni Steam Kit with Fivona Sunrise Herbal Blend) or simply prepare your toilet by turning off the water supply to your freshly cleaned toilet and flush. Place a bowl in the bottom of the toilet and sit. You could also choose to squat over the bowl, use a birthing stool, or an antique chamber pot instead.
Gather any aromatic garden herb, such as basil, rosemary, thyme and sage from your garden or from your spice cabinet. If no fresh herbs are available, use dried herbs. Flowers such as marigolds, honeysuckle, elder, rose petals, etc. can be added. Other medicinal herbs can be used, such as motherwort, mugwort (a womb stimulant), juniper berries, yarrow flowers and leaves, comfrey leaves and root, St. John’s wort, chamomile, damiana, red clover, dandelion, yellow dock, squaw vine, horsetail, Mexican wormseed (epazote).
If using fresh plants, collect about 1 quart; if using dry, use about a cup.
Collect your plants using prayer and intention of healing.
Place the plants in a pot with a few cups of water.
Crush the herbs in the water, thanking them for helping with your healing.
Offer prayers nine times to whatever Spirit offers you guidance. It is the Prayer and the Intention that is important.
Bring this to a soft boil for 10 minutes, steep for 5-10 minutes with the lid on.
Optional: Place 1 cup of herbs in a glass bowl or pot of water and leave outside overnight in the moonlight. It is said you can “charge” the herbs and water by moonlight, just like you can with crystals. A full moon is best because the “charge” is most powerful during these nights. The next morning, bring the bowl inside, and place the herbs and water in a pot to simmer for a few minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, cover with a lid or clean towel, and let sit for about 10 minutes.
BEFORE YOU SIT:
Pour herbal water into bowl or yoni seat.
Test for hotness before completely sitting down! Be careful not to burn yourself. The heat should feel very warm but not hot. If it is too hot, wait for it to cool. Vaginal tissuse is very sensitive.
When the water has cooled enough for you to sit comfortably, sit over the herbs with your knees slightly higher than your hips.
You should be naked from the waist down, wearing socks, and wrapped in a blanket from head to toe. This will keep the steam inside the blanket and your outer body from cooling down.
As the healing steam enters your body, tune in to your breathing and pay attention to the sensations. Allow thoughts and emotions to stir.
After the steam looses its heat (about 20 minutes), rest quietly for at least 20 minutes after the herbal steam bath in a warm room free of drafts from open windows, fans or air conditioners.
Place your hands on your heart and womb while you stay completely covered in your blanket.
Give used steam bath back to the earth in your compost, garden or yard space.
Expect changes in vaginal discharges and menstruation. These are normal cleansing reactions. If you have any unusual discharge or response to this treatment, feel free to contact me.
Steam the day before menses begins or the last day of light bleeding. Do not steam while menstruating, pregnant or if you have a vaginal infection. If post-menopausal, steam whenever you wish to warm your womb.
As a tonic 1 to 4 times a year.
You can do the steam as above in a yoni pot, a sitz basin or you can do a Penis Soak by placing the warm herbal liquid in a tall glass, vase or jar deep and wide enough to soak the penis and testicles with herbal infusion.
Directions: Bring herbs to a slow boil and steep for 30 minutes or so with the lid on. Strain and let cool to room temperature.
Retract the foreskin if still intact, insert penis and testicles and soak for about 15-20 minutes.
The tea should be as warm as possible.
For general infections or inflammation do daily for 3 days. Use equal parts of yarrow, sage, lavender, and chaparral.
If all tests are negative but inflammation persists: 2 parts chaparral (antioxidant, antimicrobrial), 2 parts oak bark (astringent), 1 part marshmallow root (soothing demulcent), 4 parts periwinkle (fresh if possible) (tonic, astringent), and 1 part yarrow (1 part (antimicrobrial)
You can expect discharges from your penis after treatment. This is a normal cleansing reaction. If you have any unusual discharge or response to this treatment, inform your practitioner.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as diagnosis, treatment or prescription for any disease. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole
responsibility of the reader.