Yoni Steams | Vaginal Steaming | V Steam | Bajos
Maya healers and midwives used steams for centuries. Bajos means “down low” in Spanish. Bajos is a warm steam bath for the vagina. Vaginal steams are very effective treatment and are indicated for many common female complaints. Many women have poor circulation to the pelvis thus resulting in stagnation, so the warmth can support many common female issues caused by cold stagnation. Yoni Steams are a beautiful way to bring warm steam and heat to the pelvis and to the womb by increasing circulation and energy flow. The moist heat opens up the pores of the tissues and the botanical infused water vapor delivers the medicinal benefits of the plants, including volatile oils directly to the pelvic tissue. Vaginal tissue is one of the most absorbent of the entire female body so Yoni steams can be very supportive to women’s health. We choose specific herbs to increase the healing benefits of the steam. The herbs chosen are dependent on the condition being treated. We usually choose herbs that stimulate circulation to the pelvis, cleanse, tone, nourish or heal the tissues. This modality is used for fertility, postpartum, post miscarriage, post DNC, for endometriosis, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain, constipation, etc. I have never used this modality on its own, as it is intended to be an adjunct therapy for healing, with nutritional guidance, herbal tinctures, teas and Maya abdominal massage, yet I am sure you will have wonderful results!
- Dark blood at the beginning or end of the menstrual cycle
- Postpartum and post miscarriage or post DNC
- Menstrual Complaints & Irregular Cycles
- Pelvic MuscleTension, Pelvic Pain
- Uterine Prolapse
- Dysmenorrhea, Amenorrhea
- Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts,PCOS
- Fertility, Infertility, Conception preparation
DON’T STEAM WHEN…
- When infection is present
- During Pregnancy
- During Menstruation
- If there are symptoms of damp or moist heat in the pelvis, vagina or colon i.e.: vaginal infection, candida, yeast infection, bacterial infection, herpes outbreak.
WHEN TO STEAM…
- For preventative care – 1 week before the 1st day of bleeding.
- For cysts, prolapse, pelvic pain, fibroids, endometriosis– 2 – 4 x a week
- After a DNC or miscarriage – wait 3 weeks; make sure there is no infection prior to steaming.
- Post delivery, wait 6-8 weeks, making sure you are not bleeding and there is no infection.
WHAT TO EXPECT…
- You should expect changes in vaginal discharge, and a shift in your menstrual blood, duration of cycle and onset can shift as well. These are normal cleansing reactions and a good sign that your womb is cleansing.
Commonly Used Medicinal Plants
- It is preferable to use dried herbs unless you are using rosemary, juniper or cedar – you can use those plants when they are fresh as they contain a high amount of volatile oils when fresh.
- The typical ratio is 1 Quart of fresh herb or 1 Cup of dry for a large pot of water. Choose 1-5 herbs for your steam.
- You can choose plants that you have a spiritual connection with that may not be specific for the physical ailment but will support your emotional well being.
Herbs to Consider
- Herbs that have an affinity for the urinary and reproductive organs; Red Raspberry Leaf, Juniper, Motherwort, Peony and Dong Quai.
- Herbs that contain volatile oils; Basil, Oregano, Lavender, Rosemary, Marigold, Garden Sage, Peppermint and Lemon Balm.
- Herbs that are astringent or tonifying; Witch Hazel, Yarrow, Cedar Berries, Rose and Juniper.
- Traditional herbs the Maya use are Oregano, Basil, Marigold, Rosemary, Chamomile, Damiana, Plantain, Yarrow.
** PLEASE DO NOT use essential oils in your steam, this is because they may burn the delicate tissues of the genitals
How to Set Up & Prepare your Steam
- It is important when working with the plants that you build a relationship with them. You can do this by asking the plants and the water to help you in what you are trying to heal at that time.
- Choose your formula.
- 1 qt. fresh herb or 1 cup dry.
- Place herbs in a pot of lukewarm water.
- If possible, let sit in the moon light overnight, imbuing the water and plants with the moonlight, with your prayers and allowing the water and plants to absorb each other.
- The following day, bring to a gentle simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes.
- Set up your steam space; turn off your phone, put music on if you’d like, or grab your favorite book, light candles, or make a cup of tea to enjoy while you are steaming.
- Once you are set up pour your steam water into a different pot as to avoid burning the floor.
- Place your steam pot under a slotted chair, step stool with slot, lawn chair or steam stool.
- Remove your clothes from the waist down, leaving your socks on, keeping your upper body warm.
- Sit on your designated seat over the steaming herbs making sure the steam pot is placed underneath the body so the steam gets to the perineum.
- Drape your lower body with blankets that extend all the way to the floor to ensure the steam is contained.
- Be careful not to burn yourself. If necessary, create a small vent to allow excess steam to escape, it should feel pleasant.
- Sit over your steam for about 15-20 min. depending on the temperature.
- Simply enjoy the healing and nurturing time you have set aside for yourself.
- When you are done, dry yourself off.
- Rest quietly after the steam in a warm room, free of drafts, open windows or air conditioning, for at least 20 minutes.
- When you get up, dress warmly and protect yourself from cold drafts or sudden temperature changes for 24 hours.
- Release the herbs and water back to the earth – giving thanks for their support in your healing.