Hi there love, it's an honor to support you and your steaming practice. First things first, let's talk safety.
BEFORE STEAMING CONSULT YOUR TRUSTED HEALTH PRACTITIONERS.
Recommended herb selection, timing of steaming within your cycle, and length of time per steam are all critical to your health and the safety of your steaming practice.
Before steaming you’ll need to know:
Informed herb selection: Steaming with herbs can optimize your health and healing. However, selecting the wrong herbs for your ailments and body can cause harm.
Your Steaming Schedule: When you steam is important. Know which day(s) of your cycle are best for you to steam for your health, safety, and healing.
How Long to Steam: The length of time you steam is important to your safety. Know if a mild steam set-up (10min without a burner) or an advanced steam set up (30min) is best for you at this time in your life.
Steaming for longer than 30min per session is never recommended.
TIMES WHEN IT IS NOT SAFE TO STEAM.
Times when it is not safe to steam include but are not limited to:
1) during pregnancy (steam opens the cervix)
2) during menstruation/ period (steam increases blood flow)
3) if you are prone to or are experiencing spontaneous bleeding, bleed in-between periods, or have two periods per month
4) in extremely hot weather
5) when trying to conceive, it is NOT safe to steam after ovulation and before menstruation/ confirmation that you are not pregnant. Therefore, when trying to conceive, only steam during your follicular phase (in-between menstruation and ovulation) and do not steam after ovulation, insemination, or IUI/IVF transfer until menstruation or a doctor confirms that you are not pregnant.
Steaming may cause the reversal of the following procedures and interventions: Endometrial Ablation, Tubal Cauterization, Essure, and patch hormonal birth control that prevents pregnancy by thickening the uterine lining.
If you have any questions about steaming safely for your body, consult a certified vaginal steam practitioner or doctor in advance of starting a steam practice.
WHEN PRACTICED PROPERLY, STEAMING IS ALWAYS GENTLE, SOOTHING, & RELAXING.
Before every steam session, check the temperature of the steam coming out of the top of the sauna with the palm of your hand. If it's too hot for comfort, wait for the steam to cool. If you think it's cool enough and then things heat up beyond comfort, stand up immediately and wait for the steam to cool further.
IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO USE A BURNER.
Only use a burner to sustain heat temperatures if you've been advised to do so by a certified vaginal steam practitioner and do so with your own self responsibility and at your own risk. If you choose to use a burner while using it never leave it unattended and take care to turn it off properly.
Make sure that vaginal steaming is a safe and aligned modality in support of your individual health, safety, and healing.
When you are ready to start your steaming practice, please follow this three step process for your set-up.
1. Add Water & Herbs to Pot
Fill a medium sized pot with water and place it on medium-high heat.
If you have herbs for your yoni steam, add them to the pot before heating.
2. Bring Water to an Almost Boil
After steam begins to rise from your pot, but before you see it boil, remove the pot from the heat.
3. Simple Sauna Set Up
Remove Sauna lid and carefully place your pot inside the Kitara Sauna. Close the lid again. Check the heat and temperature of the steam coming through the opening on the lid of the sauna with your hand to ensure it is not to hot, waiting for temp to cool if needed. You're ready to steam!
Steaming is a time for relaxation and self care. Our current culture tends towards a "work hard, play hard" script that steaming does NOT fit into. There is no benefit from enduring even the slightest discomfort. In fact, steaming is more beneficial when experienced with gentleness and ease.
In Yoni Love,
Kit Murray Maloney
Founder & Certified Vaginal Steam Practitioner