What Is Vaginal Detox And How To Do It At Home (Incl. Video)

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What Is Vaginal Detox And How To Do It At Home (Incl. Video)

Vaginal steaming (vaginal detox) is all about using steam and a selection of herbs to cleanse the vagina. The concept might sound a bit alien or odd at first, but vaginal steaming should be seen as a part of holistic body care that doesn’t neglect any part of your body. This technique has been compared to body detoxes and facial scrubs and is gaining popularity amongst women of all ages who perform it for different reasons.

What is vaginal steaming (V Steam)?

Vaginal steam baths, popularly dubbed the V-steam baths, aim to cleanse, detox and tone up your vaginal lips, vaginal walls, cervix and uterus. You sit over a pot or bowl of herbal infused steam that rises into the vagina.


Although vaginal steaming became popular in the recent years and is now being offered by some more progressive spas and holistic health clinics, this treatment is no novice to the world of health and beauty. It has been known for centuries in Central and South America as ‘bajos’, and as ‘chai-yok’ in Korea. While there is still no scientific evidence to support V-steam benefits, this age-old technique has been widely used by Korean women as stress and infertility remedy. It is now being rediscovered once again.

Health benefits of V-steam baths

Vaginal steaming is supposed to help in the treatment of the following conditions and problems according to traditional medicine:

  • Bladder and yeast infections
  • Vaginal cysts
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Infertility
  • Irregular and painful periods
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Perennial tears
  • Scarring from caesarian section
  • Recovery from hysterectomies and laparoscopies

Similar to other forms of steaming, vaginal steaming too helps with stress and anxiety reduction. If you just think about how you feel after taking a soothing herbal sauna, this last benefit rings true.

There is no hard scientific evidence to support the use of vaginal steam baths, yet many holistic and western practitioners are sympathetic to the practice. It is based on natural principles and it is now up to you to decide for yourself if it is something that you would like to try and could work for you. It requires a bit of an open-mind, and then you’ll have your own experience to trust.


How does vaginal steaming work?

Vaginal steaming increases blood circulation to the pelvis, bringing more oxygen to this part of the body and relaxing pelvic floor muscles. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it helps with the symptoms of coldness and stagnation in the body.

If you live in a vicinity of a spa that keeps up to date with the latest trends, you can try a vaginal steam bath there. Alternatively, you can do a DIY version at home, which will give you more privacy and will also save you some money.

How to do a V-steam bath at home

Do your vaginal steam a few days before or after your period. During menstruation or pregnancy, you are discouraged to have one.

Boil about 1 gallon of filtered water and add your selection of dried or fresh herbs. Traditional herbs that are used in V steam include rosemary, lavender, oregano, basil, marigold, rose petals and chamomile among others (more about it later).


Use about 1 cup of dried herbs (or adjust according to your preferences and the strength of the herbs you are using. If you use fresh herbs, triple the amount as dried herbs are generally more potent and concentrated than fresh herbs). Boil for 10 minute and continue to steep off of the stove for an additional 5 minutes. Then pour the herbal water into a bowl. Sit over the bowl comfortably on a slatted chair without your underwear. Put a towel or a blanket around your waist and create a tent over the bowl. Make sure the bowl is placed far enough from your skin, so you don’t burn yourself. If it’s too hot, let it cool for a bit or place it further away. Steam your vagina and the surrounding areas for about 20 to 30 minutes, or even more in some spas, so put aside enough time.

You can also perform some gentle abdomen massage as you are steaming. It is completely normal to experience some cramping or have a vaginal discharge after your steaming, especially if you are doing it for the first time.

Herbs for vaginal steaming

Herbs are believed to be the part of the treatment that is credited with the positive health effects. Different combinations can be used and you might want to consult an herbalist, so you get it right and prepare a mix specific to your individual needs. Also, some herbs can work against one another, so you need to consider this before putting them in a pot together.


When you absorb the herbs via your vaginal tissue, you are essentially taking a drug that will be absorbed into your blood stream. You need to be cautious what you put into your steam bath and get informed of any possible side effects beforehand. Try to use organic herbs, so you avoid any toxins entering your body.

Essential oils are not recommended, as they are too concentrated and can be of questionable quality.

Aside from the aforementioned herbs, TCM often uses:

  • Mugwort – this herb is commonly used in a TCM treatment called moxibustion. It’s supposed to help with fertility and it increases the blood circulation.
  • Wormwood – also known as artemisia herbal, it has antibacterial and antiviral properties, so can be used by women who suffer from chronic bacterial and/or viral infections. Only small amounts should be used, as it contains artemisinin, which is a neurotoxin.

You can include other herbs, depending on the season and your needs. If you are interested in herbal remedies, you can find more useful information in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This e-book will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.

What about men?

Men don’t need to feel completely left out. The practice is not exclusive to women and men can do prostate steaming, which involves steaming of the anus and perineum and is supposed to help with prostate health.

Whether you decide to try this practice or not, it’s always good to feel comfortable with your body, treat it with love and care and pay attention to its needs. Vaginal detox is just one way of doing that. You can get further information on how to naturally detox your body in my e-book The Detox Guide which will help you to discover the most effective natural methods to neutralize harmful toxins from your body to enhance your vitality and increase your energy levels.

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73 Responses to What Is Vaginal Detox And How To Do It At Home (Incl. Video)

  1. Irene salinas says:

    V-Steamastic. Sounds awesome!!

  2. Jalil khan says:

    Very informative

  3. sharon says:

    is it enough to put 1 herB? or do i need to put all the herbs mentioned.ty

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sharon, you don’t have to put all the herbs mentioned. You can use just some of them or one of them, or consult with a certified herbalist, so you get it right and prepare a mix or herb suitable for your specific and individual needs.

  4. natalie gani says:

    Hello I love this page..has the best info and I must say I try most of them.please keep me updated via mail..

  5. Karen says:

    I so would like to try this vs team to balance my hormones. Gonna research this and try at home. Never heard of this before thank you for this post.

  6. CRS says:

    You are adorable…. I thought this was silly, since Paltrow says she does it, but you made it seem less silly and more real!

  7. rez says:

    what herb can be used in v-steam to help irregural period?
    and can i take shower after steaming? thanks!!!

    • Jenny says:

      You can take a shower after v-steam. I’m not sure about specific herb/s for irregular periods – best to consult with a certified herbalist or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner.

  8. Pam Whitington says:

    will try this, I love all your info Jen, Love your books, go back to them all the time!

  9. Dr.Ibrahim panambur says:

    Diffuse steaming with boric acid for bacterial infection.

  10. Janice says:

    Very interesting! I would try it.

  11. Ava says:

    You are so funny!!! I am jamaican, and have been getting yoni steams since I was a child after getting my first period. I forgot all about it until I had my first child at home with a midwife, who was jamaican and she had me steam…its great, hot, but amazing benefits!!!

    • Tereka says:

      Hi Ava I had my son almost two years ago and I’ve heard of the Jamaican yoni steam but I’d like to know exactly how to prepare and do it please email me with more information I’ve been dying to know but I’ve moved north

    • Abi G says:

      I took the steam and now i am hoping that my periods comes…would it stop my period

  12. Zaynab says:

    Thank you for the post, it’s worth trying.
    How often should one do v-steaming, once per month?!
    & do you know if it has any side effects?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Zaynab, once a month is enough, a few days before or after your period, but not during the period. I am not aware of side effects, but v-steam should not be performed during pregnancy or during the menstrual cycle, during vaginal infection, open wounds, sores, or blisters.

  13. Naomi Maealasia says:

    hi, iam from the pacific region. i love your remedies they are so informative.
    is there any other verbs besides those ones mentioned for virginal steam treatment?i tried to find those verbs but couldnt find them in my home country.

    • Jenny says:

      Not that I know of, but if you cannot get the fresh herbs, you can also use dried herbs which you can purchase online from places like Amazon.

  14. Peter says:

    You need to be some special kind of stupid to believe that this is good for you. The vagina has its own self cleaning mechanism. If you mess with that by douching or this new fad, more serious health problems are on the way. Yes indeed, more serious than stupid personal insecurity.

  15. Miss Kirti Patel says:

    very useful information that I never new

  16. Shilpa says:

    In India, we do V steam after having a baby.

  17. Sue says:

    is it okay for post menopausal women?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sue, I haven’t seen any reference that suggested that v-steam is not suitable for post menopausal women. From what I’ve seen in the references, you are discouraged to have v-steam during menstruation or pregnancy. Some herbs that are commonly used in v-steam such as mugwort, can actually relieve symptoms of menopause.

  18. shakeema che has says:

    V-steaming is very good for women…especially for the married ones.it does not only protect your vagina from harmful bacteria but also enhance your sexual life…i am from Malaysia and my ancestors have been doing that for generations…we believe that a healthy vagina will keep wrinkles and the symptoms that come with old age at bay.In the long run,the practice didnt just do wonders to your inner sides…but also make you look young on the outside…just look at the Asean women who take herbs as part of their daily routine…and you will know what i mean…

  19. Curious says:

    Which herbs do I use for vaginal dryness? Great information

    • Jenny says:

      Traditional herbs that are used in V steam include rosemary, lavender, oregano, basil, marigold, rose petals and chamomile among others, as well as herbs from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) like mugwort and wormwood.

  20. Valdoria says:

    Wouldn’t just taking a hot bath in epsom salts or herbals do the same thing?

  21. carrie says:

    What herbs would you recommend for thrush?

  22. deeplove says:

    thank u so much

  23. Bianca says:

    We do that also here in Philippines for vaginal infections, pain during menstruation and after giving birth.

  24. Tebogo M says:

    I am pleased to go into this side and it is very Informative.Thank you all

  25. Jo Ann Johnson says:

    Doesnt having all the Moisture increase the risk of developing yeast infections?

  26. flora says:

    pls can aloe vera be effective?

  27. Adrianna says:

    Hi Good day,I saw your website and i think this songs like a great cleanse,my problem is that i have irregular periods and i haven’t seen my period for the last three months.I am also not pregnant do you think that this will help me. thank you

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t know Adrianna. If you didn’t have period for the last 3 months, I would go to the doctor if I were you.

  28. Karen says:

    I am going to try this at home.

  29. Marife Barredo says:

    Hi! I’m from Philippines.The guava leaves is one of the effective leaves use in vaginal steaming especially after giving birth ,coz guava leaves has an anti-bacterial properties to heal the wound and it’ also effective for treating the hemorhoid.

    • BEAM says:

      Wow! Tanx much 4 dis info cos, going tru dis post av bn wondering wat herbs to use here in Nigeria. Tanx much sis.

    • Feroza says:

      Hi. We have grandparents from India. So traditionally after birth we are given a hot bath with slinger berry and sometimes guava leaves infused water ..then we pat dry body and dry stitches (due to c_section or normal birth) with smoke from a burning charcoal

  30. Maggie says:

    Could you use essential oils for the v-steam instead of dried or fresh herbs for this?

  31. Lesia says:

    Thank you this information is very helpful.

  32. Rossie says:

    Can i do the v-steam to combat the yeast infection?

  33. Fahima says:

    Thank you for your information we will try

  34. Felicia says:

    This is really interesting. I will like to have your update all the time.

  35. Kari says:

    can you buy pre-made herb packages anywhere for doing the V-steam at home?

  36. liza says:

    hi i’m from the philippines,i have a uterus fibroid which herbs i use to melt this fibroid

  37. Kelly Thompson says:

    Very funny but informative. Would love to be able to do this at home

  38. Deborah says:

    I use Young Living essential oils and trust their quality. What about using just one drop? Would that still be too strong? Thanks.

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t know Deborah. I’ve looked at several references and they don’t recommend in general using EOs for V steam. I don’t really know what about tiny amount of 1 drop. If you choose to do so, perhaps it’s a good idea to start from a shorter period of steaming time and see if there is any unpleasant feeling. If you experiment with it, it would be much appreciated if you could share your experience for the benefit of other women.

  39. Phaedra says:

    Blown away by how popular this has become. I’ve been getting steams for a couple years and also steam at home. Love this video. Fun way to introduce it to others. She had a baby at 47! Way to go!

  40. Nicole says:

    Hi im trying this for the first time at home . i was jus wanting to knw what herbs do i uss to help conceiving ?


  41. Marion says:

    This is so informative. I must give this a try. Thanks alot Jenny. Please keep me updated through mail. Thanks

  42. Rose says:

    I am very glad to be on this page as I would love to do the V steam but I need the correct herbs to do it.my grandmother use to do it with an onion.

    • Jenny says:

      You have the names of some traditional herbs used for v steam under the title “How to do a V-steam bath at home”.

  43. Georgiana says:

    It sounds very similar to a sitz bath you do after ha in a baby except you don’t soak in it. I would like to try this to see what it could do for me. I had a hysterectomy when I was 27 and I’m 52 now.

  44. Tamika says:

    1st time getting a v steam why am I cramping?. I’m not discharging but I have been cramping every since I had the v steam can you possibly tell me why and yes it was my 1st time.

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not sure Tamika why you have cramping and whether it relates to the v steam. Generally speaking v steam should not cause cramping, but it is your body and you know it best, so if from some reason you suspect it doesn’t make you feel well, then discontinue with it.

  45. Jenny says:

    Brainstorming here: For home use, could i obtain and use a bedside comode? The ones used for the elderly?

    • Jenny says:

      I had a look at images of bedside commode in Google Images, and my concern is that the bowl is placed not far enough from your skin, so you can burn yourself. In this case it would be better to let the water cool for a bit to avoid burns.

  46. dias says:

    Thoz who cum from Africa wud know v-steam has been around n used by our ancestors for generations especially after menstruation n giving birth. Med Dr’s were not around then but people depended on herbs/natural remedies n used to live +100yrs. This westernisation came with affordability. Ans 2 d big Q…Yes it daz work!!

  47. Nish says:

    This is so informative,i will give it a try..

  48. leece says:

    This might be a dumb question, but can I take the tea bags from the store and open them up to use for this steam?

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