Herbal Steams

Vaginal steam baths, or “Bajos” (ba-hoes) as they are known in Spanish, are used to assist in the cleansing of the uterus in conjunction with the Maya Massage for the treatment of numerous female symptoms. They are effective for men as well.


  Most commonly used are marigold, oregano, basil, and rosemary

             Other herbs can be used, such as motherwort, St. John’s wort, chamomile, damiana, red clover, dandelion, yellow dock, squaw vine, horsetail, Mexican wormseed (epazote).

            Collect your plants using prayer and intention of healing.

            If using fresh plants, collect about 1 quart; if using dry, use about a cup.


Place the plants in a pot of water.

Crush the herbs into 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 minutes with the lid on.

The toilet is a very good place to do the steam: you can turn off the water to the toilet, then flush. This will empty the toilet. Place a pot inside the toilet, and fill with the steamed herbs.


Test for hotness before completely sitting down! Be careful not to burn yourself. The heat should feel pleasant.  If it is too hot, wait for it to cool.

When they have cooled enough for you to sit comfortably, sit on the toilet without underwear on, with your knees slightly higher than hips.

Wear socks to keep your feet warm, drape fully with a blanket around your neck to the floor, being careful not to allow any draft underneath you. 

Sit quietly over your pot of herbal steam for 20 minutes, meditate, read, enjoy and pleasure in the herbal healing.  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. 

Give used steam bath back to the earth in your compost, garden or yard space.

Women can expect changes in vaginal discharges and menstruation.   These are normal cleansing reactions.  If you have any unusual discharge or response to this treatment, inform your practitioner.

Do not do while menstruating. Best done day before menses.

As a tonic 1 to 4 times a year.



You can do the steam as above, or you can do a Penis Soak:

Fill a drinking glass, vase or jar deep and wide enough to soak the penis and testicles with a strong infusion of appropriate herbs (equal parts yarrow, sage, lavender and chaparral).

Let penis and testicles soak for about 5-10 minutes 2-3 times a week.

The tea should be as warm as possible.  You could also use a sitz bath, filling a small basin or plastic tub with the warm herb tea and sitting in it.

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.

The use of essential oils can be added (Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), lavender (Lavendula vera) and Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) IF you do as a penis steam - allowing the vapors to arise with the heated water, but without the penis touching the water. MAKE SURE YOU DISPERSE THE OILS WELL. If any irritation develops, discontinue.


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.