Healing Chronic Imbalance: The Womb + Gut Connection

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In last week’s post, I explored the ancient steaming ritual for balance, vitality, and radiance. Don’t worry love - if you didn’t catch my blog about yoni steams, you can still access all the steamy goodness here.

Self-care rituals and localized, focused vaginal treatments are great. But what happens when you find yourself dealing with the SAME state of imbalance, over and over again?

Yeah, I’m talking yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, embarrassing odor, dryness, itchiness, and all the challenges we often shy away from speaking about.

Well, it’s time to smash through the stigma. Let’s open the conversation.

I’m here to tell you - although over one-third of women will experience these states of imbalance in their lifetime, it doesn’t have to be the new normal. You don’t have to spend your life mitigating the uncomfortable and even embarrassing symptoms.

I want to help you heal the root cause of the imbalance, instead of just the symptoms.

The truth is, external rituals can only go so far. They support on the path to healing but often need other dietary, herbal, and even lifestyle support to truly shift a deep, chronic pattern of imbalance. If we want to make a lasting, sustainable change in the body, we have to look inside.

The vagina is a living ecosystem that relies on the support of many different types of bacteria not only to survive but THRIVE. Just like our external environment, the health of our inner environment is influenced by the intricate connection to all other systems.

What if we saw chronic states of vaginal imbalance for what they truly are - a symptom of a deeper state of disharmony. When we trace chronic vaginal imbalance back to its source, we almost always arrive at one place - the gut.

Yes, that’s right - your chronic vaginal imbalance might actually be a symptom of a root cause of an issue that lies within your gastrointestinal tract.

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Our ‘developing’ world is obsessed with cleanliness - we do everything we can to fight the spread of germs through the use of products like anti-bacterial soap, spray, and especially antibiotics.

Not all bacteria are bad - actually, just the contrary. According to the National Institutes of Health, out of 100 trillion cells in the human body, only one in 10 of those cells is actually human. The rest are bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Chronic imbalance happens when low levels of beneficial bacteria allow for overgrowth of harmful organisms.

Although we’re often taught the contrary, the truth is - we NEED bacteria not only to survive - we need it to thrive.

From the time we are born, bacterial ‘seeds’ are released from our Mother’s vaginal wall and absorbed into the skin to eventually plant themselves in the gastrointestinal tract to ‘colonize’ the internal system. These bacterial seeds are nourished by the fresh breast milk, which is specially formulated to grow specific bacteria and disease-fighting antibodies.

Instead of seeing the body, mind, and spirit as a WHOLE entity, the modern medical system often sees it (and treats it) as separate entities. These days, everyone is searching for a ‘quick fix’, which often leads to a prescription to one most overused medicines available - antibiotics.

I’ve worked with hundreds and hundreds of women who come to our trainings and intensives after receiving treatment for their imbalance with round after round of antibiotics.

Although antibiotic treatment for yeast and bacterial vaginosis are sometimes necessary (for example if you’re pregnant or suffering from lower abdominal pain), they’re not always the answer. In fact, a recent study conducted by the CDC shares that over 30% of antibiotics are prescribed to patients unnecessarily.

Yes, that means that over 30% of people taking antibiotics, don’t actually need them.

Here’s the thing about antibiotics.

Antibiotics work rapidly. They not only lower levels of harmful bacteria that cause imbalance, but they also kill the beneficial bacterial along the way, leaving the body vulnerable to recurrent infection after finishing a round of treatment.

Listen to me - your body has a language. If we don’t learn to listen to it’s whispers, we will soon hear it’s screams.

Chronic vaginal imbalance is the body’s way of communicating, something deeper is going on.

The truth is, if you want to transform states of imbalance in the body, it takes an entire overhaul of the patriarchal ways of living that disempower and disconnect us from the natural, cyclical, and feminine ways of living.

I know you know there’s another way, and that’s why you’re here.

...I am PASSIONATE (if you can’t tell already) about supporting you with the education you deserve to learn the language of your body.

I've decided to tackle this issue head-on by doing what I do best,
talking and interacting LIVE with YOU!

Join me on Saturday (June 22nd) at 12 PM PST

I will share with you the three secrets to reclaiming womb health and
how you can easily start your journey to reconnection amongst a
group of loving and supportive sisters.

I want you to learn how to heal through chronic states of balance, track the gut-womb connection, and become a master of your inner experience.

And because I want to support you in healing chronic imbalance, reclaiming a feminine way of living, and finally kicking patriarchal patterns to the curb… here’s a few (there are hundreds more!) helpful tips to begin your journey of healing chronic imbalance.

Take a quality probiotic

Whether we’ve taken internal antibiotics or not, most of us exist today with compromised bacterial gut flora. From the increasing popularity of cesarean birth to the use of hormonal contraceptives, the gut flora pay the price for the ‘progress’ of our industrialized world. I recommend a quality probiotic to EVERYONE, but especially those who are searching for relief from chronic bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections. When looking for a probiotic, important to search for strands of lactobacillus that both support the health of the vaginal wall and fight harmful bacteria overgrowth. Look for strains of lactobacillus reuteri, bifital bacteria, and Saccharomyces boulaardii to support your body in balancing both the gut and the vagina - at once!

Mitigate and lessen stress

High cortisol levels directly affect the health of our immune system by suppressing its function. A balanced, juicy, and happy vagina is accessible only in a state of thrival (I’ll say it again!). Thrival in our modern world means a nervous system that is fully responsive, integrative, and able to process and intelligently decipher real danger. Decreasing levels of stress is imperative to increasing quality of life, balancing hormones, and encouraging surrender to the divine current that is this crazy, insane life. In our Womb Sciences immersion, I teach two specific meditation practices carefully crafted to support you in recalibrating your nervous system.

Lower sugar intake

High blood sugar feeds the growth of unhealthy bacteria. Keeping your blood sugar stable through eating regular meals and eating at least 6 servings of vegetables a day is so important for healing chronic yeast and bacterial vaginosis.

My intention in sharing this information is for you to feel EMPOWERED with the tools to heal yourself. Although we have to take responsibility for our health, we’re not meant to do this work alone.

These are health challenges that over one-third of women world wide struggle with, so let’s work together to smash the stigma and remember - we DON’T have to suffer any longer.

I want to show you how you can reverse the years of symptoms and trauma using a holistic scientific and energetic approach in less than 2 months.

And I promise, I’m not just talking all ‘woo-woo’ stuff - I’m talking real, accessible, and comprehensive education that has the potential to seriously change your life.

I know what it’s like to feel disconnected, numb, and frustrated by your body. But I declare that this isn’t actually who you are, but rather a symptom of the sickness of the system you’re prescribed to.

There’s another way - one that feels more human, more intuitive, one that just feels right.

Are you in?

Revealing The Ancient Steaming Secret To Cultivate Radiance

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The intricate connection between humans and land is undeniable.

As one of my favorite authors, Robin Wall Kimmerer shares, “The land knows us, even when we are lost.”

Our inner ecology is directly connected to our relationship with the ecology of our external environment. We can trace the numbness, pain, and challenges with fertility many modern women experience to our severed relationship with Mother Earth.

Eastern teachings share that the body is made out of the five elements; space, air, fire, water, and earth. We all come from the Earth, we are born from Her. When we disrespect the land, we disrespect ourselves.

If we desire to thrive instead of just survive, we must reclaim our right to live fully alive, connected, and in harmony with the Earth. To re-enliven our decaying relationship with the Earth is to reclaim the parts of ourselves that we have forgotten, shamed, and cast aside.

I know you are ready, and that’s why you’re here.

Ancient cultures across the world have used ritual as a vehicle to commune with the all-powerful energy of the Earth. Today I’m going to share with you one of the most simple, powerful, and effective rituals that I love to share with my students - yoni steams.

Ancient and thriving cultures bow down to the to all-powerful source energy located in the womb. The word ‘yoni’ comes from Sanskrit origin and means ‘sacred ‘sacred passageway’ or more literally, ‘source’. You can use this word, yoni, when you desire to vibrationally reconnect from the source of your being - the womb.

For centuries wise women have practiced this ritual to awaken, honor, and harness the power of the womb.

The ancient Greek women of Delphi would gather together and squat over the natural steam offered from the geysers and springs of the Earth. They would invite the warm steam into their wombs to open up the tissues and relax their area of creativity and procreation.

In Mexico, baños or baths are created with warm water and special medicinal herbs to clear the womb of unwanted energies and enhance fertility. With respect to the traditions of ancient and still flourishing cultures, we can integrate these healing techniques to form our own self care practice - what we call the ‘Yoni Steam’.

Yoni steams work by relaxing and opening the tissues of the pelvis while simultaneously integrating the medicine of the chosen medicinal herbs into the womb. They also increase fertility and aid in balancing hormones as the steam encourages fresh blood flow to invigorate the womb.

Women can use the medicinal steam for the following experiences:

  • Painful periods

  • Uterine prolapse

  • Bladder prolapse

  • Menstrual irregularities (scanty or heavy flow)

  • Pre/Post menopausal symptoms like vaginal dryness, discomfort, pain with intercourse

  • Prevention and treatment of bacterial infections (yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, cervicitis, trichomoniasis)

  • Healing after pregnancy

  • Eliminating odor

  • Vaginal lubrication

  • Preventing and eliminating hemorrhoids

  • Endometriosis

  • Ovarian cysts

  • Uterine fibroids

  • Healing scar tissue

  • Cervical polyps

  • And SO much more!

Yeah, when I said this ritual was powerful - I wasn’t messing around! Learn more about how to prepare the ritual by following the instructions below.

*Precaution* It’s important to note that yoni steams should NOT be used during pregnancy. To protect the Mother and baby from infection, the lining of the uterus builds in thickness throughout pregnancy. Any activity that causes the uterus lining to contract and cleanse itself, like yoni steaming, should be avoided.  


Directions for Yoni Steam Preparation


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Ingredients Needed:

1 large pot with a lid

2 - 3 cups of fresh, filtered water

Medicinal herbs

Towel, skirt, or cloth to cover and direct the steam

Journal and pen for integration afterwards



Directions:

  • Prepare 3 cups of boiling water in a big pot on the stove.

  • Hold herbs to your heart + womb to set an intention for the ritual.

  • Place herbs intentionally in the pot + cover for 3-5 minutes, while you meditate + hold one hand on the heart, the other on the womb.

  • Place your pot on the ground in your sacred space.

  • Cover your front + back with your two towels, so that the steam is funneled directly into your yoni + pelvic zone.

  • Remove the lid of the pot and ALWAYS place your hand over the steam first to make sure that it’s not too hot.

  • Squat over the steam for 5 - 15 minutes and breathe deeply, feeling your intention radiate throughout your body.



After the Ritual



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Release the medicine back to the earth by taking the pot and depositing the plants outside - never into the trash. This signifies gratitude to the plants and the spirits that move through them. Allow 10 - 15 minutes afterward to be alone in sacred space free from electronics to journal and integrate the teachings of the plants.

Yoni steam rituals are a powerful tool to reconnect us with Mother Earth. When using the ritual, specific medicinal herbs should be chosen with care to support your desired outcome.

In my Womb Sciences Online Immersion, I talk extensively about the pathology and specific herbal remedies for common conditions like painful periods bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, fibroids, and so much more.

In this course, you’ll learn much more than just yoni steams - you’ll also receive revolutionary education on the nervous system, female anatomy, practices for healing womb trauma, and menstrual cycle reclamation.

If you’re reading this - you’re just in time. We just opened the waitlist for this six-week course and you can be the first to hear about enrollment.

Have you ever practiced a yoni steam ritual before? Feel free to use the comments section to share about your experience below!