Vaginal Steam Starter's Guide

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Want to get started vaginal steaming? Not sure where to start?


Watch this documentary.



Make sure you don't have any contraindications.

The following are hard contraindications where steaming should never be done.


-active menstruation

-active fresh spotting

-2 periods per month (spontaneous bleeding)*

-TTC after insemination*

There are also some soft contraindications where it's up to the user whether or not they would like to steam. It's possible that the steam could interfere with the interventions they have in place. 

-tied tubes (coagulation)*

-nexplanon (or thick lining birth control)*

-uterine ablation*

-burning/itchy infections*

*If you would like to discuss these further please schedule a consultation with the Steamy Chick Midwife or a Peristeam Hydrotherapist

Step 3: Set Up

Do you want to create your own Do-It-Yourself home setup or do you want to go to a spa?


Check out the Sauna Marketplace to shop saunas

Not sure you're ready to invest in a sauna? Check out how to steam without a sauna.


There are spas and mobile services popping up everywhere that offer vaginal steaming.

Check out the Vaginal Steam Directory to find the one nearest to you.

(If there isn't a practitioner in your area consider getting certified. More info.)

STEP 4: Herb Selection

There are four different types of vaginal steam herbal blends. You'll have to determine which one is best for you.

Here are some options.

a) Take the course Easy-to-Make Vaginal Steam Herbal Formulas to learn how to make vaginal steam herbal blends tailored for different needs. 

b) If you are in the U.S. buy herbs from Steamy Chick and choose the herbs that best match your pattern. If you are not in the U.S. and you want to buys herbs look for a practitioner near you on the Vaginal Steam Directory.

c) Use the free Do-It-Yourself tutorial for help determining the right herbs for you.

d) Have a consultation with a vaginal steam practitioner to determine the herbs you need.

 STEP 5: Mild or Advanced Session

Next you'll want to determine which setup you need? Mild or Advanced

There are two ways to set up a vaginal steam session.

Mild Setup

Mild Setup is without a heat source and lasts for 10 minutes.

The mild setup is the best choice if someone is a beginner or if they have a sensitivity.

Sensitivities include short menstrual cycles (27 days or fewer), hot flashes, nightsweats, IUDs, herpes, infections, underage 13 or prone to fresh spotting.

Advanced Setup

Advanced is with a heat source and lasts for 30 minutes. 

The advanced setup is okay for anyone who doesn't have a sensitivity.

STEP 6: Cloak

Cloaking is great while vaginal steaming. It helps to increase circulation throughout the body.

Cloak Selection

Choose a cloak that is fabric not plastic. 

Cloak Contraindication

Cloaking is contraindicated for users with excess heat such as hot flashes, nightsweats or infections.

In the case of excess heat it's better to not overheat the body with cloaking. You can wear a steam gown, summer dress or light sheet for modesty or warmth but do not use anything over you that will make you sweat more. 

STEP 7: Steam Plan

Basic Steam Plans

There are two basic steam plans that are beneficial for everyone's wellness.

a) Weekly Steam Sessions

b) 3x before and after the period

Choose whichever is most convenient for you.

Advanced Steam Plans 

If you have gynecological issues that you would like to address you will need an advanced steam plan tailored to meet your needs. Examples of issues that steaming can be useful for include infections, viruses, fibroids, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility, uterine fatigue, pelvic organ prolapse, irregular cycles. If you would like more information on successful case studies where vaginal steaming was helpful please see the Steamy Chick blog.

Vaginal steaming can also be instrumental during labor, miscarriage, adolescence and menopause. 

Please see the DIY Tutorial, the Steamy Chick Midwife or a Peristeam Hydrotherapist for a consultation to create an advanced steam plan for you.

Monthly consultations are recommended for 3-6 months until the cycle is healthy or the problem is resolved.

Postpartum Steam Plans

If you would like to steam for postpartum recovery you will want to work with a vaginal steam practitioner who specializes in postpartum steam plans. It is best to start steaming as soon as possible postpartum, however an important safety screening should be conducted first and the herbs should be tailored to fit the postnatal needs.

To find a qualified practitioner there are two options.

#1 Work with the Steamy Chick Midwife

#2 Go to the Vaginal Steam Directory and then enter "postpartum" in the search bar. A list of the practitioners who specialize in postpartum care will populate.

If possible it is recommended to hire your postpartum vaginal steam practitioner during pregnancy so you will have everything in place to start steaming as soon as possible after giving birth.

For more information on the postpartum benefits of vaginal steaming please see the Fourth Trimester Vaginal Steam Study.

STEP 8: Ready to Steam!

If you followed all of the steps above then you should be ready to steam.


Want to Learn More? 

If you feel like you still have a lot of questions and would like more guidance, please enroll in the Vaginal Steam Facilitator Certification course by Keli Garza (from the documentary above) to take you through step by step of what you need to know to steam safely and effectively including what to expect after steaming, womb cleanse care, case studies and Q&A. 


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9 Reviews

  • 5
    Starters Guide

    Published by Amelia on 12th Apr 2019

    So incredibly grateful to have taken this course! Such a fascinating topic and Keli's approach is so down to earth, easy to follow and understand it just makes you want to dive deep into the magic of vaginal steaming. She's incredibly knowledgable, has loads of experience, lots of reasearch, case studies and practical tips to pass on. Loved her humor and teaching style and its pretty amazing how she is so accesible and online pretty much all the time, answering questions, giving advise and feedback. Incredibly personalized course and an amazing gift to learn all this knowledge, not only for the steaming, but in general, to honor and respect our womb cleanse and everything it involves. Its been empowering, insightful, and gave my menstrual cycle a whole new level of significance. Every woman should take this course, and the earlier, the better. Such a huge shame we don't get talk any of this. Behond grateful to Keli!!!

  • 5
    Wealth of Knowledge!

    Published by Tricia Spears on 26th Dec 2018

    I took copious notes from the videos on the herbal combinations. Though I've worked with herbal tinctures with my midwifery clientele, I *still* learned so much from Keli! I can not wait to put this new knowledge into practice. Thank you so much!!

  • 5
    Vaginal Steam Herbs

    Published by Costanza on 26th Dec 2018

    I absolutely adore the way you teach, and I cannot wait to put to use the native plant allies from where I live. Thank you SO MUCH!

  • 5
    Every woman should do this!

    Published by Hannah Freeman on 26th Dec 2018

    I so appreciate the years and dedication Kelli has put into her work and courses. I have been steaming for years, I learned so many new things and LOVE her products. If you’re looking for support for yourself this is a really incredible resource. Cheers to steaming and taking care of our bodies!

  • 5
    Logical and Clear

    Published by Andrea on 26th Dec 2018

    This course is well structured, the information is clearly explained, the content is extremely interesting and relevant to all women. And in addition to all of that Steamy Chick's herb blends are an amazing development of vaginal steaming practices, allowing different conditions to be properly treated. Keli is a revolutionary of traditions!

  • 5
    Vaginal Steam Basics

    Published by Natasha Foreman on 26th Dec 2018

    Simple and easy to follow instructions...the assignment at the end just left me wanting more knowledge....Thank you, Keli, for making it your mission to not only acquire this necessary knowledge but to also share it. Much love to you for being the guiding light that you are!

  • 5
    Vaginal Steaming Course

    Published by Dion on 26th Dec 2018

    I just completed V-steam 101 and I must say that hands down that Keli is an awesome, way down to earth teacher! She knows her stuff and has flawlessly designed this course to introduce women to a wonderful world of self care through steaming the vagina. If you are unsure or even the least bit curious about vaginal steaming, TAKE THE COURSE! You will walk away with a feeling empowerment that will leave you forever changed for the better! Thanks Keli!

  • 5
    healing to the next level :)

    Published by Iesja on 26th Dec 2018

    This course takes you to the next level of healing yourself.... Understanding the way steam actually works within your body and how you can use it for different purposes makes the whole experience much more powerful. Also it is very nice to share online with your steam healing sisters about the knowledge and experiences that you gain throughout this course. Moreover, the course is easy to combine with other activities, but you do have to make the effort to go out and do it. Go and buy herbs, go and do the exercises. For me this has really been joyfull and didn't feel like studying all too much :)!!

  • 5
    Keli is AWESOME!!!

    Published by Khristina on 26th Dec 2018

    I had such a great time taking Kelli's course in steaming. I learned so much. The information is invaluable. I'd highly suggest taking the course if you want to help other women or if you just want a better understanding of the benefits of steaming. Such good stuff here!!! xo