How to do it
Optional: Place 1 cup of herbs in a glass bowl or pot of water and leave outside overnight in the moonlight. It is said you can "charge" the herbs and water by moonlight, just like you can with crystals. A full moon is best because the "charge" is most powerful during these nights.
The next morning, bring the bowl inside, and place the herbs and water in a pot to simmer for a few minutes. Remove the pot from the heat, cover with a lid or clean towel, and let sit for about 10 minutes. If you'd like to skip the optional step, you can start by boiling a few cups of water and then pouring it carefully over 1 cup of herbs.
Cover the mixture with a lid or towel and let sit for 10 minutes. While the herbs activate their medicine, take some time to give thanks for them, say a prayer, or ask them for help with the healing or guidance you need. We often forget to take time for ritual and to thank nature for all it gives us, so it's important to offer a simple intention of gratitude.
Once the herbs have steeped, test the temperature of the steam. The steam should be very warm but by no means unpleasant. Let it cool a little longer if you find it too hot. Please be careful not to burn the tissues of your vagina — they're very sensitive!
When you're ready and the temperature is pleasant, start your ritual. Place the bowl under a steaming stool or squat over the bowl, naked from the waist down. (You can place your feet on yoga blocks or a sturdy pile of books to position yourself higher than the bowl if you'd like.) Choose the most comfortable way for you. Then wrap a clean towel or blanket around your lower half so the steam cannot escape.
Now invite the steam to enter your body. Take your time, take it slow, and allow your mind to empty. Focus completely on your experience and your breathing. Listen closely to what's happening inside of you, what guidance or messages might come up.
Everything your body is telling you in this moment can be honored and seen as precious information. Allow yourself to tap into this feeling of receiving.
After about 20 minutes, the herbs exhaust their medicinal properties and the ritual is complete. Place your hands on your heart and womb and notice if anything is happening there.
Please do not steam during your monthly bleeding, a vaginal infection, or pregnancy.