In this blog, we share with you the practice of yoni steaming- what it is, its history, its benefits, which magical herbs go into making the blend for the vaginal steam.


Yoni steaming is the female self-care practice of allowing warm herbal steam to permeate the vaginal tissues and the womb by kneeling, squatting, or sitting above a pot of freshly boiled water steeped with reproductive herbs. This ancient practice has been used all over the world for centuries in places such as India, Greece, eastern Europe, Africa, Korea, the Philippines, Japan, and among indigenous people of the Americas like the Mayans in Mexico and Guatemala. Across the planet and throughout time, women have utilized yoni steaming as a sacred way to reconnect with the power of the divine feminine, balance their menstrual or moon cycle, increase fertility, cleanse and nourish the womb space, gracefully transition into menopause and even heal the body, heart, and mind from physical, sexual and/or cultural trauma.

The word yoni is a Sanskrit term for the female reproductive organs including the vulva and vagina. This highly revered term in Hinduism recognizes the power of the goddess and the origin of life. The word yoni literally translates to mean womb, sacred space, source, and divine passage. Yoni steaming is also referred to as vaginal steaming and V steaming in the West. In Korea, yoni steaming is known as chai-yok, in Central and South American cultures it is known as bajos, and in Ayurvedic medicine, yoni steaming is traditionally called yoni swedana.


  • There are literally countless reasons why a woman may choose to yoni steam.
  • Restores regularity to the menstrual or moon cycle by either stimulating stagnant menstruation or decreasing a heavy flow.
  • Brings relief to common symptoms associated with PMS and menstruation including menstrual cramps, bloating, pain and fatigue.
  • Reduces pain associated with sexual intercourse.
  • Relieves itchiness.
  • Helps to clear uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts.
  • Heals endometriosis.
  • Promotes fertility.
  • Cleanses, tones, and heals the tissues of the vagina.
  • Labor preparation and support.
  • Postpartum healing from birth, miscarriage &/or abortion.
  • Supports the transition into menopause.
  • Minimizes hot flashes.
  • Balances hormones.
  • Moisturizes and lubricates vaginal dryness &/or tightness.
  • Surgery recovery
  • Healing from past sexual abuse and trauma.
  • Clears vaginal &/or yeast infections.
  • Promotes healthy prana or life force energy.



Mugwort has numerous benefits for the yoni! This warming and cleansing plant can balance female hormone production, which is supportive to uterine health. Further, mugwort is known as an emmenagogue, meaning that it can gently stimulate stagnant or delayed menstruation; therefore, promoting a healthy and balanced moon cycle. Mugwort is also well renowned for helping to ease menstrual cramps and pain. Finally, this protective herb also provides the yoni with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.


Known in Ayurvedic medicine as both a rasayana and demulcent herb, shatavari is also known as the “Queen of Ayurvedic herbs” due to its cooling, feminine & nurturing energy that strengthens the uterus and reproductive system and can help to rebalance and relubricate vaginal dryness. Rose Known as the Queen of Flowers and Sister to the Heart and Womb, rose soothes, cleanses, and tones the vaginal tissue. Since rose is cooling in nature, it is well utilized to minimize hot flashes associated with menopause.


Cooling lavender promotes a healthy menstrual flow, provides antibacterial support, and lubricates the yoni.


A powerful vulnerary, calendula helps to heal the skin by promoting cellular repair, making this an excellent plant ally to heal and nourish the vaginal tissue after childbirth.


Rosemary is a warming herb that helps to boost circulation, bringing fresh blood to the reproductive organs. Thanks to its circulatory abilities, rosemary also proficiently eliminates stagnant blood, fluids, and old energy from the yoni. Lastly, rosemary provides antiseptic and anti-fungal properties to promote yoni health.

There are literally countless reasons why a woman may choose to yoni steam. The most important one is to reconnect to your sacred feminine and your womb, the center of your creativity. It is said that balancing the root chakra where the womb resides is also connected to the throat chakra meaning that if you balance the root chakra you balance the throat chakra this is very powerful for the divine feminine to be able to speak her truth, sing her song, and feel empowered.

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Susie Fryar

Susie Fryar

Susie is the radiant soul behind Glow Raw World. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the realm of detox guidance and ceremonial skincare.
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