The great thing about yoni steaming, besides it being cozy and good for your body, is that it’s kind of a funny departure from regular life. Nothing says love like the hot breath of steaming rose petals on your swimsuit area!
While looking for remedies for ovarian cysts I came across some cool stuff — castor oil packs and yoni steams are now going to be a regular self-care tool for me — and any time is a good time to remind yourself to take care of yourself. And then some times are even more important times to love yourself up (like the winter of our discontent as our country suddenly becomes a fascist regime).
Instead of buying an expensive seat (that takes a while to ship from Korea) that turns into a facial steamer thing, I read that you can use a lawn chair. So that’s what I did.
It was quite a cold day, so I warmed it up with my hairdryer as I simmered my concoction of rose and lavender flowers (don’t use essential oils — they are too strong for your sweet, gentle yoni!). I got great instructions, too, from Lorin Purifoy, whose flower/tree/gem essences I’ve been using for some time.
I wrapped a blanket around the bottom part of my body and the chair (after putting the steaming herbs beneath the chair on a pile of what I had lying around to get them close enough to the seat.) I sat and relaxed and did a meditation I’d been meaning to do.
I found a lot of women of color with tutorials on yoni steams, which I appreciate. I learned some practical methods for yoni steaming (and more!!) from the XONecole.com article, “I Vagina Steam Religiously With This DIY Method,” by Andrea Imafidon.
This: “Many women each year are diagnosed with cervical cancer, fibroids, PCOS and other gynecological issues. On top of that, women of color don’t receive quality and equal treatment from physicians. Physicians perform early hysterectomies, push clinical trial treatment drugs and other unethical treatment on women of color. Our bodies have been used as science experiments for eons. Hence, why we must start advocating for equality and quality of holistic health especially womb care. We have to really take the time to care for ourselves holistically, and have honest conversations about our inner care. Now is the time to start healing ourselves and wombs.”
I really like Namaste Moore’s DIY video, too:
And then this madness:
The above photo from a product sold at Walmart reminds me of a recent photo I saw of Tom Brady in a giant jacket thing. I guess Trump supporters really are letting it all hang out right now, including steaming their genitals in public.
God, I need jokes (and vaginal steaming) right now.
This is pretty cute, too, from Etsy:
Yoni steaming — if it’s good enough for Sister, Sister (as evidenced by this photo of Tia and Tamera Mowry at the Yoni Steam Wellness Center in Birmingham, Alabama), it’s good enough for me!
I think it’s appropriate that as I was writing this I got the phone call from the nurse practitioner at my Boise OB/GYN, Angela, who told me my uterine lining biopsy was totally benign! Phew. Also, yesterday at lunch I told my husband’s parents of my plans to have my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed for my 50th birthday (or sooner), which is still some years off. But if that ain’t adulting, I don’t know what is!
Also, it’s no coincidence that I’ve had Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” in my head for a few weeks now. Here’s that. Maybe not the perfect yoni steaming music, but not bad for dancing it out.
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