Womb steaming is a worldwide selfcare practice without a clear place of origin. Women everywhere developed this practice to enhance their feminine identity and wellbeing. Globally it is best known for its use in the recovery period after childbirth. Steaming after delivery is found all over the world and many new mothers report beneficial effects. In the Western world we mostly lost touch with this practice due to the disappearance of traditional midwives. Apart from the postpartum use, steaming is and was often applied to enhance feminine identity, to maintain pelvic health and to find improvement in gyneacological concerns.
Womb steaming is done by women in the following places: South Korea, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, Latvia, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Romania, Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Guyana, Panama, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Navajo Nation, Lakota Nation, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, Ancient Egypt, Babylonia, Mesopotomia, Aztec Empire and Mayan Empire… Recent research shows more and more occurences.
What difference can womb steaming make for you?
Womb steaming is an opportunity to reconnect with your body and utilize the wisdom of plant and herbs to help harmonize your cycle. Steaming may contribute to shorten or lengthen your cycle and to find relief in PMS and menstrual pain. It can be a natural and non-invasive way to maintain pelvic health and may support the treatment gynecological problems such as infections, fibroids, cysts and endometriosis. Always check with your gynaecologist or doctor.
Through womb steaming you cultivate a stronger relationship with your body, your intuition and your inner feminine wisdom. For these reasons specifically, womb steaming may be very beneficial to women who are postmenopause or had a hysterectomy.
It’s a great way to help resolve emotional symptoms of the yoni. It can be a tremendous contribution to healing emotional trauma. Always check with your therapist.
Vaginal steams may increase fertility and strengthen reproductive organs. One of the reasons for infertility is induration of the uterine wall. Womb steaming can be a very effective way to release old and hardened fluids in the uterus. Read more on this topic below.
Steaming postpartum, right after having a baby, can help the body get back to its state and weight before pregnancy as it eases clearing all residues of the gestation from the uterus. Vaginal steams can be an effective way to treat prolapse and incontinence, and may promote the recovery of wounds and scar tissue. Steaming after childbirth can help to return to a harmonious menstruation cycle.
Postmenopausal women have reported improvement with hot flashes, night sweats and dryness.
How does it work?
When heated in water, the herbs release their volatile oils, and the steam carries them into your body. The steam is expansive and allows the essential oils to permeate the porous membrane and enter the bloodstream and tissue. The warm fumes create more circulation and release stagnant energy. Circulation in the pelvic area is generally seen as a number one condition for overall feminine health, on a physical, emotional and energetic-spiritual level.
When introducing warmth and heat in the form of steam into the vagina, the cervix and uterus, the steam helps softening the tissue. Fluids from previous menstrual cycles that have not been flushed can be left over in the uterus. These can encrust or harden and often lead to painful periods. The steam and the plant oils move into the vaginal canal and uterine walls. This is where the incompletely flushed menstrual fluids from previous cycles tend to accumulate and harden. By doing regular womb steams you’re actually cleansing your womb and yoni.
What are the effects on an energetic level?
On a energetic-spiritual level, many women say that steaming brings you in a serene, deep bodily presence, quite different from most other forms of meditation. Automatically you enter a state of relaxation and inquiry. Furthermore, it allows to activate a powerful energy of creation that is inherent to the womb.
The yoni (Sanskrit for vagina and reproductive organs) is inherently a container or a vessel, also when not holding a child. Therefore, it also stores emotion, traumas, old stories, even cultural and epigenetic information. When we use conscious feminine practices, like steaming, we may release old trauma.
Womb steamings give us the opportunity to examine emotions that are held in the womb – some of which are old and not even personal. Steaming helps to heal our relationship with womanhood and the menstrual cycle. This powerful practice helps to heal our feminine Self and female lineage. The beauty of steam is that it is made of 4 basic elements of creation (earth, water, fire, air), giving this ritual a transmutational and alchemical character.
In our group sessions we work with a gentle steam setup (no more than 10 to 15 min) with a universal herbal blend that is mild and beneficial for every woman (except contra-indications below). Our focus is on relaxation, connecting to body wisdom and feminine identity, and being together among women. Before and after the steaming there is a meditation. We close the circle after sharing some words about our experiences.
We wear a long dress or sarong in order to keep the warm steam inside. You will not be naked. Also, after the steaming it is recommended to keep the belly well covered and to keep the feet warm. We have colorful, flowing long dresses, cozy blankets and slippers at your disposal, or you can bring your own favorites of course.
Can all women do this practice?
Yes, womb steaming is suitable for all women. No matter your age, physical condition or background. We are all inclusive.
Can you steam in every phase of your cycle?
There are 3 situations in which steaming is NOT recommended:
- During your moontime (menstruation) it is better not to steam. In this case we’ll offer you a delightful treatment called ‘emplasto’. An emplasto is a mixture of warm essential oils and herbs that we put on your belly and gently massage into your skin. It brings warmth, circulation and relieves menstrual pain. Depending on the circumstances, Mieke might decide to offer you a womb healing.
- If you’re trying to conceive, steam may be beneficial before ovulation (approx. day 14 of your cycle). But if there has been insemination this month, it is better not to steam after ovulation.
- It is better not to steam when you’re pregnant.
About women’s circles
A woman is equal to a man but she is not the same. We need to redefine a proper feminine spirituality based on the understanding of the cyclic nature of the woman and her right to be just that. In bygone times we used to have access to this information and pass it on in women’s circles. So much knowledge went extinct, in circle we recollect and remember. Let’s not forget.