The Yoni Steam
Interview with Emma Etaka Ako founder of Mama Luna
What is the origin of vaginal steaming and cleansing and where is it popular today?
Womb steaming takes place all over the world but has origins in South Africa. It is most popular in rural areas in Africa in rural areas in Nigeria, Bakino Faso and Ghana.
In northern Africa it is also practised in places namely Morocco. As well as Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan.
Yoni steaming is practiced in rural areas for post pregnancy wellbeing. Usually there is a 40day ritual to help get the body back to full health and yoni steaming is used for this.
Outside of the continent yoni steaming is popular in Korea and in Thailand where it’s called Chai-yok
In India steaming is practised in the Ganges region and it is here the practice is called Yoni steaming. Yoni means temple or sacred gateway. And in Europe the practice of yoni steaming in most popular in Poland.
Womb steaming is most commonly used from puberty in Central South America in countries such as Peru where it is called Bajos. But the western society is still just coming on board with steaming.
What made you start learning about yoni steaming?
Well, I have always been into natural health.
In my early to mid-twenties I explored in my curiosity towards natural health and I was really interested in women’s empowerment.