She introduced the world to the concept of 'concious uncoupling' and once claimed that water has feelings so we're more than used to reading the bizarre and batty musings of Gwyneth Paltrow on her Goop blog.
But ol' Gwynnie has only gone and recommended a 'V-steam' - a kind of strange sauna treatment for your vagina. Yep, your vagina.
Paltrow writes: 'You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al. It is an energetic release—not just a steam douche—that balances female hormone levels. If you’re in LA, you have to do it.' No Gwyneth you don't.
I lived in LA for a year and not once was I tempted to steam my lady bits.
According to the Tikkun website the V-steam can pretty much cure any ailment. 'This steaming treatment stimulates the production of hormones to maintain uterine health, aids regular menstrual cycles, clears up hormonal acne, promotes circulation, and helps correct digestive disorders.' WHO KNEW?
All this for just $50 a pop. Bargain.
But wait! Before you rush off and book yourself in for a deep clean downstairs be careful.
Ob/Gyn Dr Jen Gunter really doesn't recommend it. In a blog post she writes: 'We don’t know the effect of steam on the lower reproductive tract, but the lactobacilli strains that keep vaginas healthy are very finicky about their environment and raising the temperature with steam and whatever infrared nonsense Paltrow means is likely not beneficial and is potentially harmful.'
She adds: 'Steam is probably not good for your vagina. Herbal steam is no better and quite possibly worse. It is most definitely more expensive.'
'Steam isn’t going to get into your uterus from your vagina unless you are using an attachment with some kind of pressure and MOST DEFINITELY NEVER EVER DO THAT.'
'Mugwort or wormwood or whatever when steamed, either vaginally or on the vulva, can’t possibly balance any reproductive hormones, regulate your menstrual cycle, treat depression, or cure infertility Even steamed estrogen couldn’t do that.'
That settles that then.
In other Goop news (it's the gift that keeps on giving isn't it?) Gwyneth tells you to how to make 'sex bark' with an ingredient called Moon Juice Sex Dust (WTF) and says that it is a 'quick and potent chocolate recipe is perfect for a sweet bite after a romantic dinner. Ho shou wu is an herb tonic used for centuries to enhance youthfulness, reproductive function, and sex drive and Moon Juice’s Sex Dust is an aphrodisiac warming potion promoting enjoyable sex and fertility for both men and women.'
Yeh alright then Gwyneth, if you say so.