I did my first V-Steam session today. I learned about it from my acupuncturist, Ann Mowat, owner of 512 Wellness. Vaginal steaming is used by midwives for postpartum care right after a woman has a baby. It's also used as a hygenic post-period practice to get any left-over blood out of the vaginal tract once the period is over. Lastly, vaginal steaming is used to treat gynecological problems. Cramps, trouble conceiving, infections, fibroids, cysts, dryness...vaginal steaming helps to naturally get rid of the problem. From the first period to post-menopause, it is an important tool for self-care.
What blew my mind is this practice is done basically everywhere except in our Western culture. Vaginal steaming has been found in the following places: South Korea, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Turkey, Latvia, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Navajo Nation, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Hawaii.
I used the Cleansing Herbs blend. It includes herbs to help clean out the uterus and improve blood circulation to the mid-section; something that most women need. The herbs included promote circulation, balance the vaginal flora, improve scent, tighten skin and nourish the reproductive organs. Rose Petals, White Sage, Lavender, Parsley, Witch Hazel, Chamomile, Dandelion, Chinese Mugwort and Peppermint are the specific herbs used.
The session took 30 minutes. It was super relaxing and I dozed off with the back of my head resting on the wall. The first 10 minutes I got a little light-headed, but then it subsided and I was in a calm and peaceful state the remainder of the time. I plan on V-steaming right before and after my menstrual cycle each month (which is a miracle that is actually happening given my background), and purchasing my own V-Steam sauna package within the next few months.