“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.” ~ Lao Tzu
We’ve been treating our yonis to some heavenly practices lately—steaming, coconut oil massage, erotic massage—so why not a pleasurable, cleansing cucumber ritual?
In recent years, we’ve become more inclined toward honoring our bodies—and more specifically, our sexuality. Finally, we’re talking openly about it.
“Is it supposed to be a health thing, or a pleasure thing?” asked my partner, as I explained the Taoist approach to yoni reverence.
“Why can’t it be both?” I responded, continuing to calmly peel a cucumber.
(I can assure you that it is nearly impossible to maintain a philosophical conversation about yoni health with a man while peeling a cucumber. Try it, you’ll see.)
The truth is, we don’t need to apologize for a pleasure response to a health practice. The two don’t need to be separate in order to be valid. Pleasure is a gift, so why not enjoy something that can improve our state of being?
So what’s so special about the cucumber that it can be used as part of a sensual health ritual? And how does it fit into the Taoist way of thought?
Taoists teachings emphasize “wu wei” (effortless action), “naturalness,” simplicity, spontaneity and the Three Treasures: jing (sperm/ovary energy, or the essence of the physical body), qi (“matter-energy” or “life force,” including thoughts and emotions), and shén (spirit or generative power).”
To spend time with oneself, concentrating sacred energy on self-healing and self-pleasure is one way to honor these Taoist principles.
I first saw the practice on an instructional video, and I began researching the benefits. As a holistic nutritionist, I was already aware of the hydrating effects of eating cucumber (try it if you have a hangover) and that it acts as a blood purifier. In effect, it’s wonderful when we’re on any kind of a nutritional detox or parasite-ridding program. It also supports the bladder, an area of women’s health that can often cause imbalance and discomfort.
While we strive to keep our body tissues in an alkaline state, the yoni is more of an acidic environment and benefits from the PH-balancing and bacteria fighting nature of the cucumber. A humble vegetable can offer so much.