The art of vaginal steaming

Vaginal steaming is the process of allowing steam from fresh herbs soaked in hot water circulating around it for the purposes of… well, there are many claims to this, but no science to back it up – or refute it, but there are quite a few outrageous claims to the benefits of vaginal steaming.

Does vaginal steaming do anything?

We can make a couple of assumptions based on stuff we do know about how the body works, and then we’ll look to Chinese medicine for the rest (with some faith).

  1. Let’s just assume that a vaginal steam bath is going to bring blood and nutrients to the surface of your flesh.
  2. The way these herbs could influence your body is via the volatile oils that can be absorbed via the skin, having a local impact on tissues.
  3. The effect could even be an aromatherapy, which is known to use lock-and-key receptors to elicit its effects throughout the body.

We are not saying it doesn’t work. We are saying there is no proof if it does or doesn’t, so use vaginal steaming at your own risk of having nothing but a lovely warm time over a bowl of hot water and herbs.

So let’s assume the effect is relaxing hot steam vag experience and anything else is a bonus. 

Steam baths take between 30 minutes and an hour, and cost under $100. You will sit bottomless on a special stool, with a steaming bowl with fresh herbs in it underneath you. Each place does this differently, and it’s actually very relaxing.  

The herbs used in vaginal steaming

Almost any herb can be used, depending on what impact you’re after, so the list is endless. Often, herbs that have an impact on the reproductive organs will be used.

Talk to your provider before you go in, then look it up online. From what we can gather, there is an absolutely outrageous amount of claims being made about vaginal steaming that just can’t possibly be true, by unqualified people.

Vaginal steaming is not magic, but it could be something. If you think it seems great, then go for it – it doesn’t cost that much, and it’s nice anyway. Don’t expect anything much, and you’ll be fine!  

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Jessica Lloyd - Vulvovaginal Specialist Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)