Thami Kwazi
Lifestyle Print Editor
2 minute read
3 Jul 2020
2:18 pm

Trend Alert: ‘Yoni herb-steaming’ is a thing but is it effective and safe?

Thami Kwazi

Should you be steaming your vagina with herbs? Social media weighs in.

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Yoni, a Sanskrit word for uterus or vagina. In the last few weeks, it’s been used to describe the vagina on social media. Lockdown has seen many women jump on the self-care bandwagon.

Yoni steaming herbs are a combination of herbs that are used to steam the vagina and while allegedly ridding it of toxins, infections, menstrual cramps multiple vaginally related problems. Various sellers on social media sell packs for home vaginal cleaning consisting of balls or loose herbs.

Medical science has yet to weigh in on if they are effective or safe, but many social media doctors have posted that the vagina is self-cleaning.

Celebrity Poet Lebo Mashile expressed how she used herbal remedies to clean her lady parts and even asked why no one had told her about the benefits of this. Mashile shared that she found her recipe on Google and used herbs she had available to her.

Seems like a lot of ladies are trying the yoni steam and raving about the results. Some even described the steam as getting a brand new vagina. Others even claimed the steam improved their sex lives.

Mashile even posted the recipe she used to create her steaming mixture.

Some followers said ladies needed to stop buying yoni steaming blends that aren’t organic.

While medical Dr Sindi van Zyl admitted honestly that she hadn’t tried it and referred tweets to an expert on the matter.

Other social media users say it’s a trend for the woke crowd who aren’t even sure what are in the packs. Another user warned others that cleansing can cause pregnancy as said she got pregnant after doing the detox cleanse.

Others warned people to pay attention to what they buy when it came to their yoni care.

So popular is yoni cleansing that there is an account that claims to be the Yoni Steam Institute.

The jury is still out on whether steaming your vagina with herbs cures ailments. There have been no medical confirmations or evidence about the efficacy of the yoni steam.

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