In a move that would make queen of Goop Gwyneth Paltrow proud, Jada Pinkett Smith, her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris and Jada’s daughter Willow got together to steam their vaginas.
As part of their Red Table Talk series the women chatted about womb health, and in line with that they bonded over some good ol’ fashioned ‘yoni’ steaming – which, quite literally, looked like they squatted over a footbath filled with boiling water.
Of course it’s much more in-depth and meaningful than that, and that is why we’re not professionals at this, we suppose.
This week’s instalment was all about vaginal and ‘womb healing’, as author and wellness coach Queen Afua asked the trio: ‘If your vagina could speak, what would she say?’
You know, we’ve never asked…
Anyway, you want to know about the steaming, don’t you?
Jada said about the practice: ‘They say there’s lots of health benefits, but for me, I just feel like spending time with your vagina in a way that, like, just to just show it appreciation and care.’
The women – who donned flowing, purple robes – were given kits, dubbed the Goddess Detox’s The Queen’s Complete Vaginal Steaming Set (which are $95 (£67) each) which included a ‘throne’ they knelt over, as well as a bag of herbs to be added to the boiling water in the ‘throne’ before they got to business.
While preparing for the event, Adrienne said it was meant to aid in ‘physical, spiritual and emotional cleansing’.
For Jada, she mused of the ‘tingle’ she felt, while singer Willow was picking up a ‘lot of warmth.’ Probably due to all that boiling water.
As they steamed their bits, Jada enthused about how women don’t talk so much about their nethers and that ‘we have to change the narrative around the vagina’.
She went on: ‘I’m sure boys sit around all day talking about their penises.
‘I don’t want to hear nothing about this show being TMI and all that.
‘If you can listen to all these rap artists talk and abuse the vagina you sure as hell can watch women give it honour and praise and spent quality time.’
While fans were loving their frank discussion about vaginas as they got to steaming their own, the practice, in general, has been the centre of debate over its proposed benefits and potential risks.
It’s been around for yonks in holistic health circles who believe they have to ‘cleanse’ the ‘yoni’ by shoving hot air up there, but has been massively popularised thanks to celebs praising its claimed benefits.
Avengers star Gwyneth mentioned vaginal steaming on Goop (home of other brilliant advice such as using a spray to get rid of vampires and walking around barefoot to treat depression) and Chrissy Teigen shared a photo of herself squatting over a special steaming stool.
While fans of the treatment claim that vaginal steaming ‘cleanses the uterus’ (the steam would have a hard time getting in there), detoxes the vagina, rebalances hormones, tightens the vagina, reduces cramps, and even provides people with more energy, there no scientific backing to suggest that vaginal steaming is beneficial in any way.
‘It’s a myth that the vagina needs extensive cleaning as it is designed to clean itself with natural secretions,’ Dr Vanessa Mackay, spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, previously told Metro.co.uk.
‘The vagina contains good bacteria, which are there to protect it. If these bacteria are disturbed it can lead to infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush, and inflammation.
‘Steaming the vagina could affect this healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels and cause irritation, infection (such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush) and inflammation.’