Thursday, August 15, 2013
Journey into Pelvic Healing - Part 4
I don't know the full benefits, but the general idea is that with special herbs, harvested and prepared in a specific way, you can create a steam that works for your vagina in similar ways that the old fashioned steam for a cough/cold would work. Instead of putting your head over the steaming pot with a towel thrown over, you put your "junk", or va-j-j...OK, your vagina over the steam.
Easier said than done.
I don't know what the herbs were that the healer gave me. I didn't really care. I'm not sensitive to herbs. She gave me enough for approximately 9 vagi-steams. They were in a baggie about the size of a snack bag, and I was to divide them into thirds, and I could use each pot of herbs three times. She mentioned that I could arrange myself over two chairs...like one bun on each chair...and the steam in the middle and wrap a blanket around me like a tent. For about twenty minutes.
The idea is that where direct contact with some herbal preparations on delicate vaginal tissues may be irritating, the steam will transmit the medicinal properties of the herbs, open pours, cleanse, and nourish the tissues as well as assist with healthy vaginal secreting. But you can read up about that on your own. Seemed like it wouldn't harm me, might help me, and so why the heck not. There are many uses and reasons for vagi-steams besides what I'm doing.
How to do it. Wow. You can watch the video below where a woman has cut a hole in a kitchen chair (to create a makeshift toilet like thing to put the steam beneath her and wrap the blanket over her. Cool if you wanna cut a hole in a chair...I don't. They also sell nifty little potty-like stools for vagi-steams. I don't want to buy a nifty potty-stool. I was afraid if I put a hot pot of boiling herbs into the toilet, I would crack the ceramic. I also don't want to buy a new potty. Ideally, if you had access to a borrowed bedside commode, that could work perfectly. Take the collection pan out of it, slide the steaming herbs on the floor beneath the hole, and sit there. But this is likely to be a temporary or very occasional practice for me, so how invested in it to I want to get? Apparently there are spas where you can go sit on THEIR little potty stool and steam your happy cavern.
I could not quite picture in my mind how to prop one bun on two chairs and not fall into the boiling pot in the process. Plus I didn't really want to expose my chairs to a lot of heat and condensation. It just seemed too cumbersome. So I did it probably like they did it in Mayan days of old. Squat over the pot.
OK, not really quite like that.
See if you can picture this. First I boil the herbs, then I take it into the bathroom (but the kitchen will work fine too), place it on hot mits on the bath mat in front of the bathroom countertop (or kitchen). Beforehand, I have gathered the cordless phone, a timer or clock, my reading glasses, and a book. I've also placed a folded towel on the counter to lean on. For the first few steams I read a book about some of the origins of the Maya technique. It's a small book and I really enjoyed it. You may or may not enjoy it. It doesn't really tell you what the technique IS, but the history of Maya healing and the person who brought the techniques here.
Then I stand with a foot on each side of the steaming pot, and CAREFULLY wrap a blanket around my waist (like a guy will do with his bath towel. Be careful not to let the blanket sag into the pot of hot water or it will wick up and burn you. I just do it naked so the top part of me is bare. Pretty earthy and primal, no? I don't like tenting my whole body because I just don't like being super hot..it makes me claustrophobic.
So for 20 minutes, I lean over the counter, straddling the steaming pot, with my lower half tented to the floor with a blanket. If the phone rings, I've already placed it near me "Oh, Hi Mom, I'm just squatting over a pot of boiling herbs steaming my vagina, what are YOU doing?" I can keep track of the time, and I can lean over and read a book. The counter helps take some of the weight off my partial squat.
The downside of this method...if you're tall, like me, your love tunnel is quite a ways away from the steam AND, in just a partial squat, you haven't fully "opened to the experience" if you catch my drift. So I try to pay attention to "opening up" the squat to allow the steam better access. It would also be really easy to have the blanket get into the pot and eventually burn you. Also, you might get tired or bored standing there for 20 minutes. Otherwise it seems pretty straight forward but you'll find your own way.
Afterward, my towel is already there for my shower (later), and the bathmat just gets moved over in front of the shower. I then put the clock/timer to my next station...the castor oil packs that I have set up for before starting. I take the phone with me as well. I carry the pot back to the kitchen, and place it back on the stove to cool.
Some directions say to boil the herbs for 10 minutes. I don't. I think it's hooey. I think the herbs release their magic at the boil point and in the hot water. So I just bring the loose herbs, tossed into a dutch oven sized pot of water (maybe about a gallon size), and don't fill it so full that you'll risk sloshing it as you carry it to where you will use it.
One additional thing that I do, is once I've taken the pot to the kitchen, I use a wash cloth and dip it into the hot herbal "tea", carefully wring it out, and take it with me to the "castor oil pack station". I place it against my treasure trove during this next phase for some additional herbal application. It would be called a "compress" I believe. Totally optional. I've even drank a few ounces of the tea (just to be sure it wouldn't kill me).
Once the tea fully cools in the pot, I just leave it on the stove or on the counter out of the way, covered with plastic wrap to keep dust etc out of it, and use it again tomorrow.
There are no end to the jokes we've made about this process. The herbs smell really nice. I'm pretty sure there is lavender, calendula, oregano...and more in there. I'll say to my husband "smell that? That's the smell of a freshly steamed vagina!" Or "So, would you like to see my steamed vagina?" "Steamed veggies with a side of vagina?" It's the gift that keeps on giving. It's good to keep your sense of humor in a process like this.
Next post, I'll talk some about the process for castor oil packs.
Watch the video about vagi-steams below or via this link. It's very informative. But this isn't how I did it. Here's another helpful link about vagi steams and a link of some prepackaged herbs you can buy.
Afterward, it came to me that since this treatment and these same herbs are also shown to be useful for fertility, that I would pour the remaining "tea" and herbs (after three uses) into the garden under my fruit trees/bushes (blueberry, goji, apple, raspberry, blackberry), none of which bloomed or fruited this year due to a late frost. Seems like the "girls" could use some fertility help. So nothing goes wasted. Got a lot of value from a baggie of herbs, huh?