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We Talked To A Vaginal Steaming Expert

Here’s everything you’ll want to know about this ancient self-care tradition.

As someone prone to pH imbalances, I’ve spent countless hours researching at-home remedies. Yogurt tampons, alkaline water, apple cider vinegar baths — I thought I had heard them all but then came vaginal steaming.

Perhaps you heard of it when Gwyneth Paltrow famously endorsed it. Or, conversely, maybe you read the slough of articles denouncing it in the aftermath. Still, with so many testimonials by satisfied customers, I ordered a set of herbal satchels and emailed the founder and owner of Steamy Chick, Keli Garza, to learn more about vaginal steaming.

Q&A With Keli Garza of Steamy Chick

How were you first introduced to steaming?

I happened upon a spiritual womb healer Marcia Lopez who told me that it was a traditional practice in Guatemala. At the time I wasn’t interested, but the following year when my period went missing I decided to give it a try. I found a Korean spa that had the service and gave it a go. When my period returned the next morning after steaming I was pretty impressed.

During the steam session I learned that it’s a common practice in South Korea for women to steam once a month after their period is over. It’s a preventative practice that helps to clean out any left over residue. Since I personally had seen several positive results I decided to implement vaginal steaming as a monthly preventative health care practice.

At the time, the Korean spa was two hours away. I figured I needed a home setup so I searched the internet and could not find any vaginal steam saunas for purchase. In the end I made my own. After friends learned about it and spread the word, women started to contact me from all over asking if I could make them their own vaginal steam sauna.

Finally, this led me to start Steamy Chick — at the time the first and only company that made vaginal steam saunas in the United States. Now, we ship over 30 saunas per month throughout the United States and Canada and, due to demand, we’ll be opening a branch in Europe next year.

Steamy Chick Sauna | HUM Nutrition Blog

What is vaginal steaming exactly?

Vaginal steaming is a practice where a woman sits over a pot of steaming herbs. The steam cleans the external genitalia and, if she sits on the sauna for an extended time, also the vaginal canal, cervix and uterus.

Steaming helps to deep-clean the skin pores and ascends the vaginal canal to directly touch the cervix and seeps into the uterus. It’s a very simple process with very effective results.

It’s ideal for postpartum use or for any woman who is having infertility issues, infections, cramps, missing periods, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, low libido or any other gynecological issues. It can also be used to heal from sexual abuse, trauma and surgery recovery.

Steamy Chick Sauna (In Use) | HUM Nutrition Blog

What sorts of results have you seen with your clients?

I’ve worked with over 600 women and the case studies are astounding. Women who have been diagnosed with infertility were able to naturally get pregnant, period pain and cramps have completely gone away, fibroids have completely cleared up, cysts naturally drained out, bacterial vaginosis has gone away and not come back, scar tissue has come out, heavy flooding periods have decreased, missing periods have come back, HPV has disappeared…the list goes on and on.

I’m working on publishing a report of all of these case studies. In the meantime, you can read about some of the results in the Steamy Chick blog.

Opinions on steaming seem to vary in the medical community. What are your thoughts on that? 

Case study evidence shows that the practice has it’s own merit and I’m hoping more doctors familiarize themselves with the practice. I already have several doctors as customers and they have been pleasantly surprised with the results.

For now, it appears that doctors are afraid to speak up about supporting the practice because they don’t want to be ridiculed by their peers, but it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a common practice again in the west that doctors support and encourage.

Steamy Chick Herbs | HUM Nutrition Blog

If someone is interested in trying steaming at home, how can they get started? 

I’d recommend getting a vaginal steam sauna for home use. Every household with women should have one that can be used after each period concludes and in case cramps or any other issues arise.

For a DIY set-up at home, I’d recommend getting some Steamy Chick herbs and doing a kneeling steam (see instructions here).

Thanks for sharing your experience and opinions with us, Keli!

What do you think about vaginal steaming? Woo-woo wellness trend or the next level in self-care? Comment below!

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Zena Wozniak is the Senior Content Editor at HUM. She enjoys hot yoga, bath bombs, and making a mess in her kitchen. You can find her @zenawoz on social.
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