Rose scented steam rises from a small pot, I squat down gently, with intention, careful not to burn my thighs. As my middle receives the steam, I join the ranks of girls and women centuries past who’ve partaken in this healing ritual.
The feminine answer to penis soaking, vaginal steaming is seeing its return as women seek out ancient healing methods to cure their gynecological ailments. Used preventatively as a way to head off stress and infections, steaming has been prescribed to women suffering everything from mental unrest to urinary tract infection. Spas are offering this uber indulgent women's service for upwards of $300., without knowing the ‘herstory’ behind this beautiful regimen.
Indonesian women use a “Bakera” as an herbal steam bath for postnatal care, medical benefit has been verified by Western medical researchers. The Ashanti women of Africa use steam from hot coals and herbs to keep the womb healthy and to rejuvenate after giving birth. South American women use “Bajos” filled with herbs, tree bark and roots to deal with gynecological complaints. Most are familiar with the Korean “chai yok” steam seats that have use documenting back 600 years.
You can experience this ritual for yourself at home with Petalwise Vagi-Steam Packs: Extra-large size tea bags filled with a special blend of USDA organic herbs, oil and flowers that freshen, detoxify, and heal $15. Full instructions included with 3 single use packs. Use pre/postnatal, pre/post coitus, pre/post menstrual, for hemorrhoids, or infections. Use with the Yoni Pure Herbal Formula $33. for optimal benefit.