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As a hormone alchemist and fertility expert most of my clients are women. I am becoming increasingly aware how “dis-connected” many women feel towards their womb centre. So why is this? Perhaps you have been brought up to consider menstruation as an annoyance rather than an honour; suffered with recurrent miscarriage, sub or in-fertility, have associated menstrual pain, fear or trauma (emotional or physical), bleed irregularities, heavy periods, fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, poly cystic ovaries, peri-menopause or something else? For whatever reason I believe yoni steaming can help you re-connect with your womb centre.
Yoni steaming is traditional healing in the true sense of the word. This sacred ritual practice helps you re-connect with your womb whilst easing menstrual irregularities. In the modern day we take our bodies for granted on all levels and place a huge expectation on its ability to perform on demand. Think about your womb and her role throughout your life. Whether you have already conceived children or not she has opened and closed to your very own expectations of her. This is why yoni care and nurturing this creative temple where all things grow is so important. Whether you are wishing to create a pregnancy and child, a business or creative project they all come from this same place of passion and life force so it’s time to reconnect and nurture her
I recently met Indra Singh, kundalini yoga teacher and founder of Silent Moon at Awaken the Goddess festival. She explained to me that she regularly yoni steams and has taught her children to do so because the benefits are so profound. She has kindly collaborated with me today to help explain why it is such a wonderful practice.
Indra offers these words of Yogi Bhajan’s to help your womb journey. “A woman is especially sensitive to the blending of auras. If she blends her aura with one person here and another there, her aura is imprinted, and she cannot hold on to her identity. Her energy is very sensitive, and this merging of auras can have a very destructive effect on her. She can become emotionally weakened. This is very prevalent in our culture.”
“Yoni steaming is a sacred meditation and it should be treated this way so that you can gain the maximum benefit from the experience.”
Simply heat about a cup full of the ingredients in water and then dis-robe from the waist down. Now sit above the bowl of steaming herbal ingredients for about 30 minutes. The gentle heat carries the steam ingredients to the exterior tissues of your vagina/vulva. This increases circulation to the vulva area, allowing the bloodstream to absorb the healing properties of the ingredients into the inner reproductive system, including the uterus. This helps to relax and cleanse the uterus. The result is a healthier, more pleasant cycle and a more connected you. Personally, I find using the toilet the easiest way but Indra has kindly made a video demonstrating how to yoni steam .
Begin by choosing ingredients and timing for your yoni steams to support your specific needs. If you are very logical then you may prefer to work with your womb cycle but if you prefer the more “shakti” aspect of moon energy then work with the moon.
Preparing for pregnancy/B4 baby – you can yoni steam weekly if you like!
Trying to Conceive: Days 1- to ovulation. It might be useful for you to read ovulation timing
Post miscarriage or failed assisted conception: this will depend on post miscarriage bleed. If you are on a “cleanse” then do it weekly until your cycle regulates. If you are actively trying to conceive then days 1 – ovulation.
Pregnancy: No yoni steams please!
Moon ritual: Traditionally the moon is believed to control water . The new moon is a time for setting intention and many women begin their bleed at this time. The full moon is a time to “let go and release” and for many women they ovulate at this time. Both these times are excellent for yoni steams. If you read my blogs regularly you know that I recommend working with the moon to support your fertility journey using creation fertility guidance cards but you can use yoni steams as your ritual with the Creation Fertility toolkit
As we reach the full moon this month (Monday 7th August 2017) ask yourself these questions:
Have you ignored the sacredness of your own divine connection with your physical being?
Have you cut off your ability to go within and listen to your creative centre?
Have you turned away and ignored her attempt to communicate?
Are you friends with your womb?
I think that the answer for many of you will be “yes” or “I am not sure”. The sacred womb area represents a woman’s “home”, her “creative centre”. So this month, set your intention to yoni steam and reconnect with your creative centre
The flowers Indra uses are organic and hand picked. Yoni steaming has never been about just placing herbs in a pan and hoping for the best. Indra has created a beautiful blend – you can buy it here. Lavender and rose feature as two of the main flowers in her steam blend – more of this below! Each blend is personally blessed by her and the moon during ritual and contains her Maiden Mother Crone flower elixir. Scroll down for Indra’s discount code!
This month I have been offering a selection of the following herbs and flowers from my garden for my yoni steaming clients . You need about a cupful in total of the ingredients to yoni steam.
Red Raspberry leaf: The properties in raspberry leaf encourage the uterus to relax. Within my clinic I recommend my pregnant clients drink it as a tea towards the end of the pregnancy or post miscarriage. Raspberry leaves are high in carotenoids, citric acid, tannins, vitamin A, B complex, C, and E. They also contain iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and silica. It is a useful plant for general preparation for pregnancy, post miscarriage or failed assisted conception. I recommend you include raspberry leaf in your yoni steam if you suffer with heavy menstrual bleeding or have had uterine surgery in any form (surgical miscarriage, c-section, fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, prolapse, previous uterine hemorrhage) to help recovery and tone the uterus.
Yoni steams help heal and prepare for pregnancy but I suggest you do them for at least 3 months prior trying to conceive.
Lavender flowers: A truly relaxing herb lavender properties help promote menstrual flow whilst emotionally the aroma help to soothe and calm those hormone rushes!
Nettle: (include root but wash well) . Nettle root and leaves are high in minerals, vitamins and chlorophyll. This herb is supportive of gentle cleansing especially for the kidneys and liver so helpful for heavy menstruation and hormone balance.
Rosemary: This aromatic antimicrobial herb helps treat bacterial infections and speeds wound healing. It is also used to stimulate menstruation so only use a few sprigs if you are wanting your bleed!
Rose petals, geranium or jasmine flowers Long a symbol of love and purity roses are an excellent tonic for the womb, calming premenstrual tension, promoting vaginal secretions and regulating the menstrual cycle. Rose helps open the heart and restores balance and sweetness to the body and soul. Geranium: Once used as a general healing herb but I have found it to be one of the best balancing oils – harmonising extreme conditions both physically and mentally supporting anxiety, tension, moods and fears. Geranium helps relieves fluid retention and acts as a tonic for the liver. The perfect plant for fertility, menstrual and menopausal issues. Jasmine: The delicate white flowers of this wonderful plant is a valuable remedy for the skin, helps to calm nerves and soothe emotions. Perhaps the most valued oil in childbirth it is considered to hasten delivery whilst relieving pain. A superb hormone balancer jasmine has been used to relieve spasms in the uterus and soothe menstrual pain. The aroma is deeply relaxing and believed to be an aphrodisiac.
You can also add 10 drops of my aromatherapy hormone balancing oil – Creation Essence in your yoni steam or anoint yourself with Creation essence post steam to ground and seal your intention.
Disclaimer: This information is meant for general guidance only and cannot be construed as recommendation. The suggestions do not take into account allergies, sensitivities, pregnancies, medication or any other health issues which may impact on the use of any of the plants. Naturopathic consultations and assessment are recommended on an individual basis. For correct use please request advice from a qualified herbalist, aromatherapist or health practitioner before using.
References: Simpson, M., Parsons, M., Greenwood, J., & Wade, K. (2001). Raspberry leaf in pregnancy: its safety and efficacy in labor. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 46(2), 51-59.
– Weed, Susun. (n.d.) Herbal Allies for Pregnancy Problems. Retrieved online from: http://susunweed.com/Article_Pregnancy_Problems.htm
– Romm, Aviva. (2010). Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. St. Louis, Missouri: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier
Indra Singh creates healing offerings by the cycles of the moon. She supports others in reaching for their authentic truth so that they can acknowledge their shadow and bring themselves to light. She has over 25 years of yoga experience and facilitates yoga nidra sessions to those who suffer with addiction and mental illness.