Why You Should Do a Yoni Steam

A yoni steam is something I have been reading about for about a year, but never actually took the plunge. If you know me by now, you know I LOVE trying unconventional, natural ways to improve health and wellness. Well, spoiler alert, I finally tried a yoni steam and luckily for you I am writing a post all about my experience and why you should do a Yoni steam!

First of all…..What is a Yoni?

A Yoni is the sanskrit (Indian) word for vagina, the source of all life, also translated as sacred space. Yoni refers to both the outside as well as the inside (uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, etc.) Vaginal health is an important aspect in maintaining a woman’s overall health and can be affected by medications, diet, clothing, exercise and even increased stress.

So What is a Yoni Steam?

For millennia, women have shared this knowledge among one another, inspiring each other to connect with, love and heal our bodies. Today, countless women are rediscovering the practice, along with its vast and varied benefits. It’s basically like a facial for your lady parts and benefits just about everyone.

Many challenges such as menstrual cramps, infertility, excessive flow, general fatigue, vaginal dryness, and menopausal symptoms and vaginal laxity can be helped with a Yoni Steam.  Done using a custom blend of organic herbs in a mild steam while sitting on a specially designed Yoni chair while wearing a full length gown in a private linen room.  A Yoni Steam works by using gentle steam to carry that carries dried organic herbs to the exterior tissues of the vagina (the tissue referred to as the vulva). The warmth and moisture increases circulation to the vulva, causing it to open up and expose the inner labial mucous membranes. These tissues are very porous and absorbent, allowing the herbs to infuse their benefits. The result is a healthier, more relaxed and balanced connection to yourself.

Many reproductive challenges such as menstrual cramps and infertility are caused when there is excess build up of uterine lining that was not shed in previous cycles “encrusted” to the inside of the uterus. Because this material is built up over time, the uterus and the muscles around it work excessively hard to shed it, often causing pain and fatigue. A yoni steam works by applying gentle heat, as well as moisture that carries medicinal plant oils, to the exterior tissues of the vagina (referred to as the vulva). The warmth and moisture increases circulation to the vuvla, causing it to swell and expose the inner labial mucus membranes. These tissues are very porous and absorbent, allowing the bloodstream to pick up the medicinal oils and and carry them into the inner reproductive system, including the uterus. There, they work to help the uterus cleanse and release what is built up on its lining, ensuring that the next cycle is easy and pain-free, helping an egg to implant, and reducing other uterine abnormalities. The result is a healthier, more pleasant cycle and a more connected woman.

Signs you need to do a yoni steam

  • Dark blood at the beginning or end of the menstrual cycle
  • Postpartum, post miscarriage or post DNC
  • Menstrual Complaints & Irregular Cycles
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic MuscleTension, Pelvic Pain
  • Uterine Prolapse
  • Dysmenorrhea, Amenorrhea
  • Hemorrhoids, Constipation
  • Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts, PCOS
  • Fertility, Infertility, Conception preparation
  • For preventative care – 1 week before the 1st day of bleeding.
  • For cysts, prolapse, pelvic pain, fibroids, endometriosis– 2 – 4 x a week

 

When to avoid a yoni steam

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Herbs you can use in your yoni steam:

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea dried loose leaf – (where to buy) This herb is great for Uterine Toning, Heavy Menses, Painful Menses, Endometriosis, Skin Purification, Cramps, Blood Purification, Vitamins A, B Complex, Normalizing Blood Flow, Healing after Uterine Surgery, Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Silica.

Mugwort tea loose leaf – (where to buy) Cleansing – physically & spiritually. Can help bring on menses.

Rosemary – (fresh is best) Increases circulation to the reproductive organs, aids in clearing out of old fluids, is also antiseptic and purifying.

Lavender – (where to buy) One of the most relaxing herbs, calms the mind and body. Nourishing to the nervous system. Lavender is antiseptic to the vaginal tissues. It is also an antispasmodic, aiding in healthy uterine function.

Chamomile – (where to buy) Relaxing, calms the mind. Soothing to the vaginal tissues. Anti-inflammatory.

Dandelion – (where to buy) Strong anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial. provides nutrients.

Oregano – (fresh is best) This herb is specifically good for aiding in the reduction of menstrual cramps. Also helps with UTI’s. Anti-spasmodic, and antimicrobial.

Rose Petals – (where to buy) Rose petals are gentle and astringent to tissues of the genitals. Rose is a relaxing and uplifting herb.

Himalayan Sea Salt – (where to buy) Helps regulate the blood flow in your body. It’s also great for balancing your pH.

***As a certified Aromatherapist I do NOT recommend using Essential Oils for a yoni steam. Essential Oils are much more potent than herbs. The oils combined with the steam can cause much more harm than good. Only fresh or dried herbs should be used for a yoni steam.

Add the fresh and dried herbs to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and let it simmer for about 20 minutes and turn the heat off. Allow water to cool slightly before using for your yoni steam. You don’t want it to be so hot that it scolds and burns the skin, but you want it to be still hot enough to create steam which contains benefits. You can get more info from this video here.

You can use a specially designed Yoni Seat (where to buy) or a Yoni Tool (where to buy) to do your yoni steams. But if you want to wait and try it out before you commit to buying a full on seat you can do a simple DIY hack which I will share with you.

You can also place  a stainless steel bowl (like this—>where to buy) in the toilet seat and pour the boiling mixture of water and herbs into the bowl. It allows it to fit perfectly in the toilet so that you can sit down and receive the benefits of the steam. Sit on the seat over the bowl and wrap a towel around your waist to help trap most of the steam in. Make sure you allow a place for the steam to vent. Make sure you are warmly clothed on the top of the body, you can wear socks as well. Afterwards be gentle with yourself during the day.

 

 

How to Make a Homemade Wellness Kit

When it comes to keeping my family above the wellness line I have lots of natural tips and tricks in my homemade wellness kit as my first line of defense. These natural alternatives have served us well because we have not had a sick doctor visit in over 3 years! These natural methods help to support and detoxify the body rather than load up the body with processed ingredients and preservatives that mask the symptoms. This post will share with you how to make your own homemade wellness kit.

 

Why Natural Methods

When it comes to staying above the wellness line we use natural methods as my preventative and treatment methods. I believe there is a time and a place for modern medicine, but that we have the power to heal ourselves using natural remedies most of the time. You can learn more about my everyday tips for staying healthy here.

 

Living Healthy on a Budget

As a frugal mama I have spent a lot of time researching and working to live the healthiest we can on a budget. I made a lot of mistakes and spent a lot of time and money trying to find what worked for my family. After trying many brands I can honestly say that I noticed a difference with the results that I got. Here is my post on how not to waste money on Essential Oils. Living well doesn’t have to be expensive. In most cases natural alternatives may seem like they cost more than commercial alternatives, but the money they save you in the long run make it so worth it. Therapeutic Grade essential oils have replaced many store-bought or over the counter products giving me a better and more natural option to use. My philosophy is you choose when you will pay. Will you pay more for better products and live healthier, or will you use discounted products that cause future health problems? The choice is up to you!

 

What You Will Need:

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How to Make Your Own Homemade Wellness Kit

 

Wellness Roll-On Recipes:

You can see from the video just how easy it is to make your own homemade wellness kit! It’s important to know that when it comes to essential oils, they are not created equal. You will not get the same results from any essential oils. Here is more information on what essential oils I choose for my family and why.

 

Owie – Lavender, Frankincense, Purification

Focus – Peppermint, Lemon, Cedarwood

Calm – Lavender, Frankincense

Bliss – Stress Away, Lavender

Breathe – R.C., Thieves, Lemon

Healthy – Thieves, Lemon, Frankincense

Immune – Thieves, Lemon, Frankincense

Sleep – Lavender, Cedarwood

Muscle – Panaway, Copaiba

Seasonal – Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint

Headache – Peppermint, Copaiba

Digestion – Digize, Copaiba

 

5 Ways to Boost the Immune System Naturally

It seems that during the colder months our bodies are much more susceptible to getting sick. It tends to start with the back to school season and then as the weather changes. Everyone around us seems to be sick and of course no one wants to be feeling below the wellness line…EVER! This post will share with you 5 ways to boost the immune system naturally and keep yourself feeling happy and healthy!

5 Ways to Boost the Immune System Naturally:

1. Diet & Nutrition:

What we eat plays a huge factor in how our body functions, and our immune systems are no exception. Foods we eat can help to boost the immune system naturally. Nutrient dense foods like bone broth, fermented foods and fresh fruits and vegetables should be eaten regularly to keep the body happy and healthy. I love making a fire cider during the colder months and having that on hand in case we start feeling under the weather.

2. Fitness & Exercise:

This does not have to be high intensity workouts. A 20 minute walk or yoga stretches can do wonders for the body and the immune system. Exercise helps to flush the lymphatic system and boost cells that are designed to attack bacteria. These cells work more slowly in people who do not exercise regularly. Moderate exercise also has an abundance of other health benefits, like controlling hypertension and diabetes, preventing Alzheimer’s, reducing anxiety and stress, and slowing the aging process. Studies show that people who engage in moderate exercise regularly can increase their lifespan by up to 10 years.

3. Adequate Sleep:

Sleep is important to boost the immune system naturally. If you are not getting enough sleep your body will become run down and be more prone to illness. Studies show that even short-term loss of sleep has a significant impact on how the immune system functions. Sleep loss can trigger an immune system response in the body that increases inflammation that can cause tissue damage.  These findings help us to further understand the link between sleep problems and increased risks for diseases like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, obesity and specific cancers. Click here to learn my tips and tricks for sleeping better. 

4. Essential Oils:

If you aren’t using Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils yet, what are you waiting for? I used oils for years, but NOTHING worked as good as these. These powerful and potent oils have so many benefits. They are one of my main tools for boosting my families immune system naturally! Essential oils support the immune system by soothing the nervous system and reducing stress. But buyer beware! Not all essential oils are created equal. Here is how to make sure you are not wasting money on essential oils, and information on what oils have worked best for my family.

5. Vitamin D:

 Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that Vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defenses and that without sufficient intake of the vitamin, the killer cells of the immune system – T cells – will not be able to react to and fight off serious infections in the body. 15 minutes in the sun helps you to get adequate daily values of Vitamin D. If you live in a place that doesn’t get much sun, or long winters you can alway supplement with Vitamin D3 here.
What are some of your favorite ways to boost the immune system naturally?