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:
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
Preventing and eliminating hemorrhoids
Healing scar tissue
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
1 large pot with a lid
2 - 3 cups of fresh, filtered water
Towel, skirt, or cloth to cover and direct the steam
Journal and pen for integration afterwards
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
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.
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Have you ever practiced a yoni steam ritual before? Feel free to use the comments section to share about your experience below!