Using plants and herbs in conjunction with steam is a deeply embedded part of human history. The use of plants as helpful allies for human well-being 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 hydrates the pelvic region, the herbs used provide an aromatic effect and can infuse the steam with essential oils. These oils commonly have purifying, cleansing, and rejuvenating properties.
Plants offer more than just their material effects. When you steam with an herb mixture, you will take in its fragrance, 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 these amazing plants:
MUGWORT (Artemisia vulgaris) – Green leaves with silvery undersides; cleansing, balancing, promotes warmth and clears stagnation; known among herbalists as a mover of energy and matter
CALENDULA (Calendula officinalis) – yellow flowers; cleansing, warming, promotes flow, has a gentle and calming effect, alleviates temporary discomfort, reduces tightness
YARROW (Achilea millefolium) – small white flower buds and green feathery leaves; purifies skin, decongests pores, known in the herbal tradition as “master of blood”and mover of fluids to the surface
ROSE (Rosa centifolia) – fuschia flowers; gentle on soft tissues, calming, uplifting, heart-opening, and sensual
Depending on where your own specific reasons for steaming, 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.