Using plants and herbs in conjunction with steam is a deeply embedded part of human history. The use of medicinal plants dates back to 60,000 years ago or more, while the tradition of herbal steam baths has been traced back as far as the Pleistocene era (14,000+ years ago).
The variety of plants used in vaginal steaming is as wide-ranging as the cultures who have practiced the tradition throughout the ages. In a recent academic study of traditional vaginal steam practices in northern Indonesia, researchers recorded a total of 60 different plants used in that region alone.
While moist heat from the steam warms and increases blood flow to the pelvic region, the herbs used provide an aromatherapeutic effect and infuse the steam with essential oils. These oils commonly have immunostimulant, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Plants offer more than just their physiological effects. When you steam with an herb mixture, you will take in its aromas, and may even get the sensation of tasting the herbs. You will also have an opportunity to experience and feel into the subtle energetics of each plant.
LEIAMOON Premium Herb Blend
With the help of expert herbalists, we crafted the LEIAMOON premium herb blend to be a simple, effective, and soothing mixture suitable for vaginal steaming on any occasion. Check out the following videos of our favorite herb grower, Susanna Raeven of Raven Crest Botanicals, to learn more about the properties of these amazing plants:
MUGWORT (Artemisia vulgaris) – Green leaves with silvery undersides; anti-fungal, hormone balancing, promotes circulation and clears stagnation; known among herbalists as a mover of energy and matter
CALENDULA (Calendula officinalis) – yellow flowers; cleansing, antibacterial, promotes menstrual flow, decreases and prevents inflammation, reduces spasms, encourages circulation, warms tissue
YARROW (Achilea millefolium) – small white flower buds and green feathery leaves; anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, brings fluids to the surface, clears uterine congestion, known in the herbal tradition as “master of blood”
ROSE (Rosa centifolia) – fuschia flowers; gentle on soft tissues, anti-inflammatory, calming, uplifting, regulates menstrual cycle and vaginal discharge
Depending on where you are at in your cycle, your specific reasons for steaming, and a variety of other factors, you may want to consult with an herbalist or local vaginal steam facilitator to craft a personal blend formulated to your individual needs.
*NOTE: when v-steaming, do not use essential oils as a substitute for dried or fresh herbs.