Popularized by goop newsletter and lifestyle website founder Gwyneth Paltrow, vaginal steaming is an ancient self-care practice common for centuries in the Far East and Central and South America. During such therapies, herb- and botanical-infused steam is directed into the vagina. The premise is that this therapy, practiced and passed down by wise women, midwives, and traditional healers is influential in a woman’s overall health.
In fact, of her own experience with vaginal steaming, Ms. Paltrow had this to say:
“You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and [botanical] steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels. […] You have to do it.”
Proponents of vaginal steams say it provides a natural cleaning for the vagina, uterus, and entire reproductive tract. Others claim a whole host of additional relief provided by the procedure, including suggestions that “v-steams,” as they are also known, can and have relieved:
- hormone imbalances
- digestive issues
- generalized pain
V steam treatments feature medicinally infused water vapor delivered while a woman sits on a special seat (the one Ms. Paltrow describes as a throne). The steam is directed upward to the vagina, encouraging female pelvic and uterine health by boosting blood circulation and increasing oxygen levels. V steams are considered to be an all-natural detox process that can reduce menstrual pain and help protect from neuralgia and hemorrhoids as well as strengthen and tighten vaginal contractions. There are no known adverse side effects.
Herbs and botanicals often used independently or in combination include:
Cleanz offers its own selection of individual herbs and botanicals as well as mixes and combinations to address a variety of complaints and deliver the many healing and nourishing physical and emotional benefits of organic herbal vaginal steams. Private therapy spaces aid clients in experiencing a serene version of this updated ancient wellness practice.