HOW OFTEN CAN I STEAM?
This really depends on your purpose for steaming. If you are steaming for a remedial purpose (like healing postpartum), the answer is different then say steaming to honor and prepare for some intimate time with a partner. So, when steaming for general use you may only steam once to a few times a month, and in other more specific or remedial situations you may be steaming every other day. I will say though that you don’t need to be steaming everyday. It is important to let our body which includes our natural vaginal flora to fuction on its own without constant change. Use steaming as an aide.
I’VE READ THAT THE VAGINA IS “SELF-CLEANING”, SO WHY WOULD I DO THIS?
Vaginal steaming has nothing to do with cleaning your vagina. It is a therapeutic way to administer the herbs to your body. I always use the comparison to facial steams, the way it opens pores, adds moisture and in general leaves your skin feeling fresher and looking more vital. Steaming your yoni is the same, it helps to promote vitality in your tissues and surrounding structures (and feels amazing).
CAN MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER STEAM?
Absolutely! I stand behind empowering and teaching our young women how to honor and care for their bodies at an early age. In my experience, it is far easier to teach steaming as a beneficial self-care modality to a young person. The health benefits are numerous and address things like painful moon cycles, honoring your body as a ritual, fertility, etc… By empowering them with the tools to address common concerns they can feel more in touch and in control of their bodies and their ability to help themselves.
HAVE AN IUD, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE CONTRAINDICATED, CAN I STILL STEAM?
When this practice was first shared with me and through my own research, I have heard a resounding NO when it comes to steaming with IUD and for two reasons. 1. For a long time IUDs have been made of copper (a super-conductor- which heats up quickly & holds heat), and since IUDs can’t be quickly removed this presents a problem. 2. IUDs work as a contraceptive by agitating the inner state of the uterus and do not allow for implantation. Since steaming is also working on the inner state of the pelvic region the two can be in opposition. Now all that being said, I know that the material that IUDs are being made out of is changing and the remote risk of experiencing an internal burn is not the same. I often tell women, educate yourself with the risks and benefits and then make the most informed decision for your own body.
CAN STEAMING BE USED TO TREAT HEMORRHOIDS?
Yes. Steaming is excellent to use to address hemorrhoids. The herbal infused steam is delivered right to the target area in a gentle, effective way. Think astringent (for toning and tightening tissues) and styptic (for staving off the pooling of blood) herbs.
Can I Steam On My Cycle?
No! You cannot steam while menustrating.
Can men steam?
Yes! The A Steam has many healing benefits.
What is an A Steam?
An anal steam exclusively for men.