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Most things You Need to Know About Vaginal Steaming

Updated: Jan 18, 2023

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What is vaginal steaming?

Vaginal steaming is an age-old natural remedy to cleanse the vagina and uterus, it regulates menstruation, and eases period cramps and bloating. One could wonder, other than offering a soothing warmth, does it actually work? And if so, is it safe? Keep reading to find


How does it work?

To steam the Vagina you are required to infuse some natural herbs in the basin or in the past they used wooden stools to sit on whilst steaming with a bowl of hot water underneath the stool. The process is pretty simple: You just sit or squat over a container of herbal-infused herbs. Some women prefer to go to upscale spas and pay a hefty fee and others chose to do it at home. As more spas are starting to offer vaginal steam services and new DIY at-home videos pop up every day, it’s clear that the practice of vaginal steaming is spreading. As it does, the companies and individuals offering this service, we recommend our customers to ensure that implement proper screening processes is implemented to ensure there aren’t contraindications and to make the proper choices for sensitive clients.



Below are the recommended herbs natural herbs to be used.

  • Mugwort

  • Wormwood

  • Chamomile


  • Calendula

  • Basil

  • Oregano





Most spas have a special seat (Paltrow called it a “throne”) with a hole for the steam to come through. This service is provided for those who find it challenging to do at home.

Following is a suggested method of doing vaginal steam at home. However, before you try it yourself, you’ll want to consider its supposed benefits and possible safety issues, as discussed below.

  1. Add a cup of your chosen herbs to a basin of hot water.


  1. Let the herbs steep for at least a minute.

  2. Remove your clothes from the waist down.

  3. Stand or squat directly over the basin. Some people prefer to place the basin in the toilet and then sit on the toilet.

  4. Wrap a towel around your waist and legs to prevent the steam from escaping.

The average steam session lasts between 20 and 60 minutes. Depending on how hot the water is, the steam may cool sooner.

Below are the listed purported benefits of Vagina Steaming

Since Vaginal steaming is used as a natural remedy to clean the vagina, uterus, and entire reproductive tract and so many other benefits as purported claims don’t stop there.

It’s believed to relieve:

  • stress


  • depression

  • hemorrhoids

  • infections

  • infertility

  • hormone imbalances

  • headaches

  • fatigue

  • digestive issues

  • generalized pain


The question is Does it really work?

Ruks Beauty is a big advocate of vagina steaming even though there is not enough scientific evidence that vaginal steaming helps with buckets of claims. According to OB-GYN Dr. Jen Gunter’s website, it’s clear as mud how steaming herbs are supposed to gain access to your uterus through a tightly closed cervix at the end of your vagina.

The herb used on Paltrow’s vagina was the mugwort. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, moxibustion is the process of burning mugwort on or over a problematic area of the body or pressure point. Moxibustion is used as an alternative therapy to treat a range of reproductive system problems. In 2010 several systematic trusted Review Sources found that, except for correcting breech presentation in pregnancy, research on mugwort is contradictory and inconclusive. There’s no research that vaginal moxibustion is helpful, however, most recommended steaming once in the while for cleansing mostly for hygiene purposes than medical.



Is Vagina Steaming Safe?

There is not enough scientific research to prove whether vaginal steaming is safe. Most scientific research does not suggest vaginal steaming Most Reviews believe our vaginas self-clean. No need for steaming because it may disrupt the natural pH produced by the vaginal microbiome, therefore providing an ideal environment for bacteria that cause vaginal infections to thrive. Some Reviews mentioned Vaginal skin is delicate, sensitive, and easily traumatized. Also, some mentioned that using it as target practice for a plume of warm steam may cause vaginal burns or scalding. In a 2019 study by trusted Source, a patient used vaginal steaming in an attempt to reduce vaginal prolapse, and it resulted in second-degree burns. This, however, could be seen as misfortune or one in million for the practice that has been around for centuries in the Chinese culture, and most Asian countries. Ruks Beauty can highlight that there are no medical guidelines for steaming your vagina. This means it is a purely personal choice to choose which herbs to use and how often. Ruks Beauty would recommend Steaming your Vagina once in the while if you wish to and purely for personal pressure such as cleanness. This has to be a purely personal choice " We know our bodies best". As with most natural remedies, searching the internet for how to do vaginal steam provides contradictory information. Most advice comes with a disclaimer that it isn’t proven or meant to diagnose or treat any condition. Ruks Beauty is a big advocate of vagina steaming and would have sold products required without giving much information however, we want our customers to make informed choices on buying the right products. We recommend seeking medical advice rather than using vagina steaming to treat a medical condition, because you may end up skipping mainstream medical evaluation and treatment, and your condition could worsen as a result. The same applies to pregnant women, seek medical advice before trying vagina steaming.

The bottom line

We have been taught from a young age that our vaginas are self-cleaning machines and we do not need help from an herbal steam session. However, from my personal and professional experience, vaginal steaming helps me to relax and ease cramping before and after my monthly periods, I alternate between steaming and using a heating pad this allows me to space out the number of times I steam my Yoni and I do this purely for cleanness. (Just like spring cleaning our homes once in the while). I have never had any side effects from vagina tightening neither has it ever affected my pregnancies and I have been and still am fun of vagina Steaming hence writing a Blog about it so that my customers know that they buying and making informed choices since there is not much medical evidence to suggest vaginal steaming. If you wish to try vaginal steaming for the first time, talk with

your doctor or a qualified alternative health practitioner to weigh the pros and cons.


Some women would argue that their vaginas are like their body's draft folders. They don't really use them enough and they are often confused about why they have to spend so much time and money on them! My answer would be, "CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS".


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