Womb steaming is a global practice without any one clear place of origin. Women everywhere developed this practice to take care of their physical wellbeing and for specific purposes of postpartum care and treating gynecological concerns. In the Western world we mostly lost touch with this practice due to the disappearance of traditional midwives.
Womb steaming is done by women in 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.
What difference can womb steaming make for you?
Womb steaming is an opportunity to reconnect with your body and utilize the wisdom of plant medicine to heal your cycle. Even steaming once or only a few times can suffice to shorten or lengthen your cycle. PMS and menstrual pain are greatly relieved by womb steaming. It is used as a hygienic post-period practice to get any left-over blood out of the vaginal tract once the period is over.
Through womb steaming you cultivate a stronger relationship with your body, your intuition and your inner feminine wisdom. For these reasons specifically, womb steaming is very beneficial to women who are postmenopause or had a hysterectomy.
You can steam to maintain pelvic health or is supportive in the treatment gynecological problems such as infections, fibroids, cysts and endometriosis. Steaming can help you in a natural and non-invasive way. Always check with your gynaecologist or doctor.
It’s a great way to treat emotional symptoms of the yoni. It can be a tremendous support in healing emotional trauma.
Vaginal steams are used to increase fertility and strengthen reproductive organs. One of the reasons for infertility is induration of the uterine wall. Womb steaming is a very effective way to release old and hardened fluids in the uterus. Read more on this topic in the answer below.
Steaming postpartum, right after having a baby, helps 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 are an effective way to treat prolapse and incontinence, and promote the recovery of wounds and scar tissue. They are the most appropriate preparation to return to a harmonious menstruation cycle.
Postmenopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and dryness can be greatly improved by steaming with certain cooling herbs.
How does it work?
Womb steaming has many physical benefits. By doing regular womb steaming you’re actually physically and energetically cleansing your womb and yoni in general.
When introducing warmth and heat in the form of steam into the cervix and into the vagina, the uterus and fallopian tubes, the steam has a softening effect on 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 uterine walls. You can think of the uterine wall like hills, valleys and mountains. In between these parts there are something called the “venous lakes”. This is where the incompletely flushed menstrual fluids from previous cycles tends to accumulate and harden.
When heated in water, the herbs release their volatile oils, and the steam carries them into your body. The warm fumes create more circulation and release stagnant energy. The steam is expansive and allows the essential oils to permeate the porous membrane and enter the bloodstream and tissue. Circulation in the pelvic area is the number one condition for overall feminine health, on a physical, emotional and energetic-spiritual level.
What are the effects on an energetic level?
On a energetic-spiritual level, 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 are able to 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, to heal our relationship with womanhood and the menstrual cycle. This powerful practice allows us 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 mild steam setup (15 to 20 min) with a universal herbal blend that is 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, it is very beneficial to steam before ovulation (approx. day 14 of your cycle). But if there has been insemination this month, it is better not to steam after ovulation. In that case we also provide an emplasto or womb healing, as described above.
- It is better not to steam when you’re pregnant.
When the body is the eye, the ritual is the lens. Ritual helps us focus on objects at various distances. The refractive power of the human’s lens is only one-third of the eye’s total power. Ritual helps us to see more. It brings origin and spirit into the picture. Let’s not forget.
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.