So I'm sure you've been paying attention over the years to the yoni (vaginal) steaming hype. In case you haven't (or even if you have) keep reading to find out what it's all about and how it could potentially benefit you after birth and beyond. Vaginal steaming is known for its healing benefits. It's a practice that has been around for hundreds of years. It's thought to help with cleaning/healing the reproductive system by using herbs. Herbs such as raspberry leaf, lavender flowers, rosemary leaves, lemon balm leaves, and a few others help with this process.
A WORD OF CAUTION! Always consult with a practitioner before engaging in any steaming practices. They can better help you with herbs and how to blend them. They can also discuss your health with you, why you desire steaming, and what the best action to take would be. So how is steaming done exactly? It's pretty simple to say the least. After your herbs have been selected, boiling water is added and you then sit or squat over the infused herbs.
Once a mother delivers her baby and she is released from the hospital, she is pretty much on her own. Little to no information is given in regards to how to recover from what she just went through. You have to adjust to being a new mom and heal your body as well. Your cervix has to close, your vagina and uterus has to return to its normal size, your uterus also has to clean out any remains from the pregnancy, your organs have to return to their original places. Did you have any tearing or stitches? You have to heal from that two. Not to mention your abdominal skin has to retract as well. Who's helping out with this? If you don't know how can you heal and needless to say many moms don't complete the healing process.
Enter Yoni Steaming and its benefits
Gets things moving!
Some women have reported having difficulties with bowel movements after delivery. The colon is right near the vaginal canal. Steaming can help stimulate the colon to get things moving for you! Steaming can also help treat hemorrhoids by reducing the pain, itching, and swelling that comes with them!
Steaming has been known to cleanse and restore the uterus. After delivering a baby your uterus has a lot of work to do during the recovery process. Steaming can help clean out old blood and shed non-essential tissue. This can also help in getting rid of old blood after your menstrual cycle.
Many women experience tearing during the labor and delivery process. There a a few ways to find relief while healing from this. Those sutures can be pretty uncomfortable and steaming can help with the discomfort.
Yoni steaming can also help with other things such as cramping and any bleeding you may experience. Always when introducing anything new follow up with a practitioner, midwife or healthcare provider and make an informed decision about whether it's right for you. Have you done any Yoni Steaming? If so, how was it? Share your experience!
Until next time, sending you peace, love, and light!
Tiffany Underwood - Prenatal Consultant
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