When I began this vaginal steaming journey, I was so excited and I wanted to start right away. My only dilemma was, what am I going to use to steam this "vajayjay" of mine?? I didn't want to use my toilet. That didn't feel very queen-like to me. (Even though it is a "throne," haha! Gosh, I'm so corny. Still, not my idea of a throne) I didn't have an old wooden chair to cut a hole in it. I didn't have a spare toilet seat top laying around to use over a non-plastic bucket, or anything of this nature. So, I decided to look online and try to buy a vaginal steaming seat made just for this purpose. Sounds logical enough, right? So, Amazon and Google, here I come!
When I tell you I was disappointed with these search results...man! I am going to need someone to tell me why a wooden box with a hole in the top of it costs upwards of $150-$400??! And there was even one seat, that was not really a steaming seat, basically just a wooden toilet seat top that you would have to put on top of something. It was a slab of wood with a hole in it. It costed $70!!
Needless to say, I was not going to spend that amount of money for a wooden seat. So, I had to put on my thinking cap. I went back to Amazon and this time I searched "wooden box." It took a while to find one that would be big enough and sturdy enough to use. Take a look, you can find it here. It only costed about $12.
I was so excited. I ordered it right away. It arrived two days later, in usual Amazon Prime fashion. I opened it up and as I was putting it together, I saw that there was one problem. The top piece was not thick wood like the rest of it. This was the piece that I was to sit on while steaming. It was a thin plywood. I didn't trust it to hold my royal butt. I needed stable and strong. So, I left it off and just assembled the rest without that piece. I then measured the box and it was 14 inches by 14 inches in diameter. It's seen here without the thin plywood piece.
I got dressed and told dear hubby that we needed to take a trip to The Home Depot to complete my vaginal steam seat. He looked a little concerned, but he didn't ask questions, just got the keys and headed out the door with my measurements in hand. He knows by now that I'm always up to something.
So, we got to The Home Depot and found a nice 1/2 thick piece of wood and had the employee cut it down for us to my measurements of 14 inches by 14 inches. It costed $5.
I was so excited! I was getting closer. Now I just had to find a guy with a jigsaw to cut the hole in the top. Ding! Hubby to the rescue once again. His good friend is a carpenter! So, we made it a day to go hang out with his friend and his friend's wife (who happens to be one of my best friends) and visit their sweet newborn baby boy. Ahhh talk about win win! I got my wood cut and got my baby fix in, at the same darn time. I also had him cut a small divot in the back of the steam seat box on the bottom, to allow my electric burner cord to be plugged in while I steam. (Read more about the use of the electric burner in the book, "Fertility Vaginal Steaming." The electric burner was cheap too, about $10. This is not a necessity, but it makes the steam session last longer, which allows for deeper healing to take place.)
And voila!! I have my own homemade wooden vaginal steam seat for less than $20! How awesome is that?! Here are some final pics for you. The first pic is showing you the little divot that I had him cut out for the electric burner cord. The second pic is the electric burner in the steam seat with the cord hanging out. The third pic is the steam seat with the lid. (P.S. I overestimated the size of my "vajayjay" on the lid, so it was cut just a little too big. Hence, the piece of cardboard and duct tape on there to make the hole smaller. Hey, duct tape fixes everything.) And finally, on the last pic you see the final product. It might not be all that pretty, but it gets the job done. And now I can get my hair done too!
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Have you ever done a Vaginal Steam? If you’re not familiar with vaginal steams, get ready to be amazed! Vaginal steaming isn’t some kind of new fad or strange trend. Vaginal steaming is actually the most ancient form of female self care to revitalize the reproductive system.
Vaginal steaming is one of the oldest women's healing traditions. It is known by quite a variety of names such as V-Steams, Vagi-Steams, Yoni Steams, Bajos (which means "down low") amongst the Spanish and Mayans, and in Korea, it's referred to as Chai Yok. Mayan healers and midwives have used vaginal steams for centuries. You may also hear it referred to as womb spa or womb sauna.
So, what's it like? It's like a facial steam, but for your "vajayjay." Yes, I still say, "vajayjay." (side note: my hubby calls his penis the "vajohn." LOL)
Anywho...vaginal steaming is a powerful aid for increasing a woman’s vitality in regulating her menstrual cycle, relieving stress and depression, improving her intimate relationship, and most importantly, resolving reproductive disorders.
Castor oil packs are ah-maaaa-zing!!! From increasing circulation to supporting the lymphatic system to fighting infections and preventing the growth of bacteria, viruses, yeast, and mold to healing scars and internal adhesions to easing constipation, etc, etc! Natural healers worldwide have used castor oil to treat a wide variety of health conditions for thousands of years. The use of castor oil goes back as far as the ancient Egyptians, who used it as a very potent natural skincare elixir and to treat eye irritations. In India, castor oil has been cherished for its skin-healing, digestive-calming, antibacterial properties, and is commonly used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine applications.
One of castor oil's remarkable qualities is its ability to increase white blood cells, and the count of T-11 cells (a unique type of white blood cells that act like antibodies) produced within the body's lymphocytes that help kill bacteria, viruses, fungi, and cancer cells.
Much of the healing benefits of castor oil come down to its chemical composition. Castor oil is classified as a triglyceride fatty acid, and in fact, about 90 percent of its fatty acid content is a rare compound called ricinoleic acid. Castor oil is considered to be quite exceptional because ricinoleic acid is not found in too many other substances, and it's such a concentrated source.
Please listen to me, ladies! This is such a serious topic. When it comes to our health, we have to be our own best advocate! This subject hurts my heart beyond words. But more so, quite frankly, it pisses me off!
So many women go for an HSG, but then quickly develop an infection...due to the HSG! This is a travesty that must be stopped! You ladies work too hard to heal yourselves to then be taken by uninformed, ignorant doctors who will not prescribe necessary antibiotics with HSGs.
For a long time, up until very recently, I was under the false presumption that all doctors do prescribe antibiotics with an HSG. Sadly, I've come to find out, many don't. I have spoken on the importance of antibiotics with HSG a few times, but today, I realized that it needs to be addressed in an article all on its own.
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