DIY Coochie Steams!

A steaming vesselAny kind of healing tenderness to the Cooch is of great benefit to humanity and the earth at large.  Treating vaginal issues can be challenging! Yeast, Bacterial vaginosis, and atrophy are all issues that are difficult to resolve.

As a healer, Coochie Steams have been a great asset to my practice as a DIY for patients when herbal formulas and acupuncture have fallen short.

Coochie Steams are all the rage lately, offered up as Vaginal Steam or “V Steam” at salons and spas in many major cities. Origins are multiple, from the Mayan to Korean culture.

Vaginal Steams can Help with Many Complaints

It seems the cooch is getting lots of new and tender attention and care these days, and it’s about time.

I have been recommending at home coochie steams to my clients with the following complaints:

  • Sexual trauma
  • Disconnect with sexuality
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Foul smell
  • Yeast infection
  • Pre- and peri-menopausal vaginal dryness
  • Atrophy
  • Amennorhea
  • Irregular or painful menses

The Conception Vessel 1 (CV1) Acupuncture Point

Use what you got! Or got to your herbalist for special recs.
Use healing herbs for your steam, or got to your herbalist for special recommendations.

Though I have found no references to vaginal moxa or steams in Chinese medical literature, there is a practice of applying moxibustion to acupuncture point Conception vessel 1 (CV1), hui yin, yin meeting point also called “doorway to the earth” (Bensky).  It is also a Sun Si Miao Ghost point.

Ghost points treat the spirit, chasing entities or bodily inhabitants out. In this case, it could include

  • Energy from past partners
  • Parasites
  • Fungus and bacteria
  • Or anything detrimental that may be taking up residence

This point is located on the perineum on the mid-line, midway between anus and labia or anus and scrotum.

Moxa applied to CV1 can have the following benefits:

  • Cleansing and toning benefits for vaginal tissue in menopausal vaginal atrophy
  • Decreased menstrual pain
  • Improved sleep
  • Is thought to enhance fertility from cold in the womb
  • Hernia support
  • Clears bladder and vaginal damp heat, as in a candida infection
  • Hemorrhoid support
  • Strengthens the lumbus and boosts the kidney

I make the leap that vaginal steams will help the same and similar conditions.

What My Clients are Saying About Vaginal Steams

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“I just experienced my first ever, ‘Yoni Second Chakra Steam.’ My cycles have been progressively becoming longer and longer in the last 18 years, to 32-35 days. I have had 1–3 days of brown blood before my red flow starts, and when my red flow starts, I have clotting and intense bleeding.

This lead me to try the vaginal steam to help heal my uterus. The first thing that I noticed after my steam was that I needed to rest, and as I did so, I felt my pelvic bones have 8-9 powerful adjustment, and this was followed by an intense emotional release.

When I did have my cycle after my first steam, black, thick blood came out, with no cramping, as if the old blood got liquified by the steam. It’s another tool in my belt for healing, and I hope that it will bring profound healing for you as it did for myself.

-Monica Tomasi

 

“I recently had a negative sexual experience that left me feeling…unclean, used and discarded, like a dirty rag. Soon after this encounter, I noticed a distinct and unpleasant odor coming from down there. The smell was persistent and repulsive.

The next week my acupuncturist recommended doing an herbal steam to help shift the environment down there and hopefully alleviate the smell. She gave me a special yoni steam herb blend.

As I sat, the scent of the herbs wafted up to me, comforting me with the familiar scent of mugwort, an old ally of mine. My yoni felt warm and comforted, like I had built a sacred sauna, just for her.

After I was finished, I was delighted by the beauty of the herbs floating in the bowl of warm water. My yoni scent has returned to normal, a gentle and pleasant smell that I am used to. The unpleasant odor has vanished!

Doing my steam feels like a ritual of self-care specifically dedicated to remembering and honoring the feminine aspect of myself. Like the yellow flowers opening their petals in the water, I feel myself opening and relaxing into the warmth of the steam, the scent of the herbs, and the tenderness of a simple act of self-nurturance.

By giving this special love and attention to my vagina, I remember to honor all parts of myself with equal reverence, because they are all part of the greater whole of me.

-SL

 

“I have had amenorrhea for eight years, and only recently has it worried me when my womb began to feel empty, lifeless, and dry. I did not want my sex life to dissipate, and I wanted to feel whole as a woman!

When I saw Anna for acupuncture and herbs, she gave me a tea and a yoni steam with my favorite herbs, mugwort and schizandra. My second round of steaming created a day of my uterus and cervix vibrating! I waited a few weeks and then again, did the coochie steam with the same herbs. Again! I experienced vibrations or flutters from my uterus all the way down to my cervix!

There is no doubt in my mind the healing steam of these intelligent plants at the gateway of my womb is bringing Her back to life! Woo hoo!”

-Brooke Sullivan

 

“I have had chronic yeast infections and candida on and off since my 20s. It began to cause fissures and pain from sex, so severe that I had to abstain from sex.

I received a special herbal steam blend from Anna. I have done three steams, and my last sexual interlude was pain and fissure free.”

-NW

How to Do a Vaginal Steam at Home

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It is best to do a vaginal steam during premenstrual phase or when bleeding is complete. The best time of day for a steam is right before bedtime.

Directions for Vaginal Steam

  1. Put 2/3 cup of herbs into a pot with 8 cups of water.
  2. Bring to boil and turn off to steep and cool for 15 minutes.
  3. If the water is not cool enough after 15 minutes, just add a bit of cool water to make it manageable.
  4. Wrap yourself well with a blanket so as to keep in the warmth.
  5. Sit for 15-30 mins.
  6. After your steam, it is important to wrap yourself up and go to bed so you can keep your womb warm, and not let cold into your relaxed and open womb. Let the effects of the steam resound throughout your lower burner as you rest.

Ways to Position the Steam Water

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  • There are vagi stools available that have an opening, under which you can place your hot pot of herbs.
  • You can also get a  metal bowl large enough to fit into our toilet without falling in!
  • Another idea from Monica Tomasi is to put your pot under a milk crate and sit on top with a blanket wrapped around you. I have tried this, and it works well!

Do be mindful that the steam is not too hot, so as not to burn your butt or cooch!

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Herbs and Recipes to Use in Coochie Steam

Peri- and Post-Menopausal Blend

This is a great blend for the peri- and post-menopausal cooch who feels frequent irritation from lovemaking with fissures and a growth of yeast:

  • Chinese
  • Scutellaria Baical
  • Cnidium
  • Angelica Sinensis
  • Lily Bulb
  • Schizandra
  • Mugwort

Moving Blend

This simple blend helps move menstrual blood to clear cramps and tone the vaginal tissue:

  • Calendula
  • Plantain
  • Mugwort

Other Herbs to Use

Here are some of my suggestions for my clients:

  • Calendula
  • Plantain
  • Mugwort
  • Scutellaria Baical
  • Oregon Grape Root
  • Schizandra
  • Marshmallow
  • Cnidium
  • Lily bulb
  • Rosemary

This variety of herbs can help with many issues.

What’s Your DIY Recipe for Coochie Steams?

Do you have your own favorite recipe or method for steams? Share them below in the comment section, and let us know how they worked for you!

Mandarin Orange Gummies, A Nutrient Dense Winter Treat

Healing Wisdom from The Yellow Emperor’s Classic on Chinese Medicine

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The three months of winter, they denote securing and storing… Go to bed early and rise late. You must wait for the sun to rise. Let the mind enter a state as if hidden {as if shut in}, as if you had secret intentions, as if you had already made gains.
(Unschuld, Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, Ch.3 p49.)

This passage is from an ancient Chinese medical text called The Yellow Emperor’s Classic on Chinese Medicine. The Yellow Emperor, Huang Di ruled in the middle of the third millennium.

Following the Energy of the Seasons

This ancient wisdom guides us to follow the energy of the seasons.  It gives us permission to hibernate, rest, consolidate, contract and slow down in winter, which is so contrary to our western cultural rhythms.

It gives us permission to rest in what we have done and slow down our minds from trying to always create something new. It seems we all must be doing something, or we feel unproductive or useless.  Winter is a time for less social engagements.

Deeply Nourishing Foods

It is also a time for deeply nourishing foods that are slow and well cooked, warm and easy to digest. Foods that go deep such as roots, broths from bones, marrow and gelatin nourish us at our core.

Just as the plants have retracted their energy to their roots, so do we:

In winter the true qi of the depots descends into the kidneys. The kidneys store the qi of the bones and of the marrow.
(Unshculd, Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen, Ch 18, p307.)

It is a good time to store up so that we have the force and vitality to expand into the spring and summer rays of the sun. Using seasonal ingredients is another way to align our bodies with nature’s rhythms.

Gummies: a Nourishing Treat

Gummies are a deeply nourishing treat that are especially appropriate during the winter as our energy contracts deep into our body.

The most important ingredient in gummies is gelatin, made from long-simmered bones, marrow, and cartilage. Gelatin and bone broth are some of the most healing and easiest foods to digest, commonly thought of as convalescent food (hence jello given in hospitals).

I have been making these for my kids for some years, and it was always hit or miss, for I am just not a recipe follower. With the help of Nourished Kitchen (see her Glowing Ghost Gummies here), I did follow the bones of this one and made my own creative additions and flavor adjustments.

Gummies are the most satisfying treat I can give my children where I know I am supporting their healthy growth. They are loaded with grass-fed gelatin (Great Lakes is my favorite), seasonal fruit, and sometimes herb flavors.

Gelatin contains

  • High amounts of protein
  • Amino acids
  • collagen for strong bones, teeth, hair, and nails

In Chinese Medicine, gelatin is an essence (Jing) tonic. Gelatin is what makes a good bone broth gel. In our own bodies, Jing is our bone marrow, our brain matter, the deepest part of our beings.

Jing is the source of all of our vitality, emanating into yin, yang, qi and blood and spirit. From deep within, if our Jing is strong then our spirit (Shen) emanates vitality.

Gummy Recipe

  • 1/4 cup gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed mandarin orange juice (I add the juice of 1-2 lemons as well, for my kids like it tart)
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (for color and a little medicine!)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  1. Put your gelatin into a mixing bowl and pour on the water to soften.
  2. Heat your juice, turmeric, salt, and honey on low heat until honey dissolves.
  3. Pour over gelatin, and stir stir stir.
  4. You can put your mix back over a very low flame on the stove to aid in dissolving. You may have to strain out some of the lumps. I eat these gelatin globs because I know what’s good for me!  Nourished Kitchen suggests using a mixer. For me, this aerates the gummies and changes them to a less-pleasing texture.
  5. Pour into silicon molds or a square food storage container.
  6. Put in the fridge to chill for about an hour.
  7. Pop them out of the molds, or cut into squares if you put in a food storage container.
  8. The recipe makes between 25-30 gummies. And let your children have at them!

You will feel good as they gobble up this healthy treat, knowing you are nourishing them deeply.

Gummies are a healthy treat for

  • The elderly
  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women

It is also beneficial for fertility enhancement.

Note: It is not advised to give raw honey to children under one year old.

Other seasonally appropriate flavors could be

  • Elderberry
  • Rosehip
  • Persimmon
  • Quince
  • Yerba santa

Allow your inner alchemist to create and concoct. I would love to hear what you come up with!