Updated 27 January 2015

Rejuvenate your vagina with a vagacial and V-steam

As with all body parts, the vagina is not immune to the forces of age and gravity. Want to give it a (natural) lift? Try a little steaming followed by an all-natural vagacial - aka a vaginal facial.

Lisa Palmer, a UK-based dating coach and millionaire matchmaker believes she has developed the perfect antidote for one of ageing's less-discussed effects, a dry and saggy vagina.

She calls it the vagacial, a do-it-yourself vagina application that promises to do to your lady parts what a spa day does to your face.

Vaginal dryness is a common condition in post-menopausal women who, through lack of estrogen, often have to contend with a lack of elasticity and lubrication, leading to painful sex. Also, childbirth can cause the vagina to stretch and sag.

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Ms Palmer performed three vagacials on live TV on ITV’s “This Morning" show and also treated a 74-year-old pensioner to the rejuvenating procedure.

The vagacial potion, which Palmer developed after much trial and error, is a mixture of moisturising coconut oil, vitamin E cream, anti-oxidant rich honey and egg whites. Applied regularly for around six months, it and promises to restore a woman's vagina (the outside bits at least) to that of a 25-year-old.

The vagina is, however, a very sensitive area and it is important not to upset the natural bacterial balance that keeps it healthy, and one should also consider the dangers of e coli in egg white. 

Watch: Dating expert Lisa Palmer introduces the vagacial. From ITV

The concoction is said to be great for skin texture and tone. It is only applied to the outer part of the vagina, never to the inside.

Experts are yet to comment on the safety and efficacy of the treatment. 

For optimal benefit, proponents say you first have to steam the area - known as a V-Steam - to stimulate the blood cells, for about 15 minutes (see below).

Watch the human guinea pigs' reaction to the vagacial. From ITV.

Vaginal steaming

Vaginal steaming (also known as a yoni steam bath) is an age-old practice that has been used by Mayan midwives and traditional healers in Central and South America as a treatment for infertility, vaginal thrush and menstrual pain. They also advocated its use within 1-9 days after childbirth to 'cleanse the uterus and heal vaginal tears'.

According to SoulVibrance, the procedure can also be useful in treating uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse, endometriosis, vaginal tears or episiotomy, chronic vaginal/yeast infections, haemorrhoids, and dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses and as a general health aid to prevent any of these ailments.

The Birth Institute reports home vaginal steam treatments involve mixing special herbs - the leaves and stems of oregano, basil, marigold and rosemary, for instance - into hot water, placing the container under a chair with open slats, covering yourself with a blanket and letting the hot vapours do their magic. 

A vaginal steam chair and herb set from Ebay


They say that the combination of steam and essential oils from the plants "penetrate deep into the cervix and uterus where they dislodge indurated (hardened) menstrual fluids and pathological accumulations that have not properly sloughed off with each monthly cycle."  

Health24's sexologist warns, however, that the vagina is delicate, and it could easily be scalded by steam, and then would not be able to lubricate normally. 

Dr. Camilo Gonima, a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist in San Antonio, Texas, told Medical Daily that herbal steam baths could have some relaxing effects and superficial benefits on the skin (just like a sauna or facial steam would), but does not see any significant effects on fertility or menstrual cycles. Besides, there's always the danger of scalding.

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