Sacred Steam Herbal Blend
Potent Petal Power to Pamper Your Passion & Pleasure Portal
Photo Credits: Shannon Glashan
Organic Rose Petals and Mini Rose Buds:
Roses are Red,
Your Heart is too,
Also your Root Chakra,
Let the Love shine through.
From Cleopatra and the goddess Venus, to the poetry of Rumi and lovers all over the world today, roses invoke love by opening the heart and bringing much joy. This is why my Sacred Steam Herbal Blend has more grounding rose petals in it than any other flower/herb. Rose Petals contain quercitin, tanins and volatile oils with so many health benefits. Roses are believed to have an aphrodisiac effect, helping in the proper functioning of the reproductive system, treating sexual dysfunction and increasing female libido. They nourish, soothe and strengthen the tissues. Their astringent action increases toning of the uterine wall and helps tighten the endometrium. They are anti-inflammatory, helping to relax muscles and they have a cooling effect on the skin. High in antioxidants, rose petals prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. In addition, these powerful petals have a cleansing effect, while helping to retain moisture in the delicate skin, resulting in more firm and plump tissues. Now who wouldn't want that!
Chamomile Flowers: These yellow flowers invoke the sunny energy of the solar plexus chakra, our center of personal power! Chamomile uplifts the mood and calms the nerves. It is high in antioxidants, soothing and moisturizing. The volatile oils are anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic; they relax the smooth muscles of the uterus. For this reason, chamomile flowers are reported to reduce signs and symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, as well as relieving any menstrual pain and cramping you may experience during your bleed.
Lavender Flowers: Lovely lavender awakens our inspiration through its potent purple petals that invoke crown chakra energy. The name of this plant comes from the Latin word Lavare, meaning 'to wash.' This signifies lavenders powerful cleansing action which actually promotes a healthy bacterial balance within our vulva by inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria. The scent of these flowers soothes the nervous system by inducing alpha waves in the part of the brain responsible for promoting relaxation. Lavender flowers contain volatile oils that are astringent, anti-inflammatory and considered to be an aphrodisiac by some. Other benefits include moisturizing tissues, increasing circulation to the vaginal area, firming and toning the skin. Lavender flowers promote cell regeneration by boosting the renewal process of cells which in turn repairs any damaged skin.
Calendula Flowers: These bright orange flowers will invoke the sexual and creative energies of the sacral chakra. They have a particular affinity for the skin, with soothing, repairing and potent wound healing properties. They are astringent, anti-inflammatory and demulcent by nature, protecting our delicate tissues. The linoleic acid found in calendula flowers is very moisturizing and the soluble sterols it contains keep the skin plump and healthy. All very good qualities for our nether region, if you ask me and I am sure you will agree.
Jasmine Flowers: Revered for centuries as an aphrodisiac, the juices of the jasmine flower restore moisture and elasticity to skin cells. They are astringent, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. Jasmine flowers promote optimism and confidence and may even improve sleep. Inhaling the scent has a relaxing, calming and sedative effect on the nervous system. Powerful chemical constituents improve skin and cellular rejuvenation. Jasmine flowers also work to reduce menstrual cramps.
Helichrysum Flowers: Also known as Immortelle or Everlasting, these petals have an affinity for opening the heart and soothing old emotional wounds. The flowers range from bright yellow and orange to a deep reddish brown, making them an ideal colour therapy aid for all three of the lower chakras. The delicate scent is known to invoke feelings of safety and security, while reducing stress and uplifting the mood. Helichrysum flowers are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent.. They are a natural emollient, retaining moisture and preventing dehydration of the skin, also soothing, softening, gentle and delicate enough for the sensitive skin of our reproductive area. In addition, these tiny flowers improve cellular rejuvenation by stimulating the production of new cells and supporting multiplication of collagen count. For these reasons, helichrysum flowers promote youthful and vibrant skin.
Several of the above herbs have mild emmenagogue properties, which means they may increase menstrual flow. However, this may be cancelled out due to their astringent properties, which increases toning of the uterine wall and helps tighten the endometrium, making for a lighter bleed. To err on the side of caution, I recommend using no more than 1 - 2 tablespoons of herbs per vaginal steam, which will not be enough to significantly increase your flow. This way you will still receive all the juicy benefits mentioned above and your herbal blend will last that much longer too!