Essential oils can indeed be used in your sauna. Either steam or infrared, both are good for aromatherapy. You can purchase sauna oils and use them alone or mix them together for a unique blend.
Some sauna oils you may want to try are lavender, grapefruit, eucalyptus, lemon, lime, orange and peppermint. These are some of the most popular ones and are used for their many different properties.
Most Popular Essential Oils For Sauna
- Lavender for instance is considered to be an all purpose essential oil. It is used for several health problems. It is very soothing and aids in the elimination of daily stress and anxiety. Lavender is also useful for it’s calming effects helping to induce a more peaceful, restful sleep.
- Peppermint is good for relieving headaches and other pain related issues like arthritis, muscle aches or strains, back pain and any other similar ailments you may have. Although this therapy is not recommended for pregnant women or children under the age of six.
- Citrus oils like lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit are very refreshing and wonderful for use in an early morning sauna. These citrus fragrances can uplift your mood and energize you, so you are ready to meet the challenges of your day.
- Eucalyptus is perhaps the most useful of all the essential oils. The oil is extracted from an evergreen tree native to Australia. The Tasmanian Blue Gum, as the Australians know it, has powerful medicinal properties. And has become renown all over the world for it’s abilities to promote healing.
What Other Sauna Oils Are Good To Use?
Eucalyptus oil is extremely useful in the treatment of colds and flu. It works as an expectorant, and also helps rid your body of toxins and harmful micro-organisms.
This exceptional sauna oil is also excellent in aiding in the treatment of a number of respiratory ailments. It works by dilating the blood vessels which allows more oxygen to reach the lungs. This helps relieve some of the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and COPD.
It can also help to lower your blood pressure, and has the most amazing anti inflammatory effects. You can also use this oil in conjunction with clove and tea tree oil it is wonderful for cleansing the air in your sauna and at the same time killing germs and bacteria.
Some other oil are also useful, pine oil for instance brings the outdoors inside giving the sauna a woodsy, sweetly rich fragrance. Pine can be helpful in fighting off infections when used at the first signs of illness.
Birch is another useful essential oil. Birch has been used traditionally for centuries by the Fins, and is their natural choice. It’s fresh minty aroma is used as an antidepressant, a pain reliever and a disinfectant.
Other oils that can be used in your sauna are rosemary, Cyprus, Bergamot, clary sage, and niaouli. Each having their own unique properties, you could give them all a try and choose your favorites.
How To Use Essential Oils In The Sauna
Steam saunas are used by millions of people all over the world on a daily basis. They are especially useful for detoxification and beneficial in your overall health and wellness plan.
The use of essential oils in saunas is more common than you make think, aromatherapy as it is known has become very popular. And manufactures have indeed rose to the challenge of producing numerous variety’s of these oils in a wide array of fragrances.
It used to be in order to experience a sauna or an aromatherapy session you would have to visit a spa. But with more and more people purchasing their own personal steam or infrared saunas, there is no reason to leave the comfort of your home.
Essential oils have become big business and can be purchased pre-mixed. They comes in bottles that can be poured or sprayed over your hot rocks. Or you can just purchase the oils themselves and mix your own. Three to four drops in a spray bottle filled with one liter of water and you are ready to experience your own aromatherapy session.
If you have have a sauna that can hold more than one person a good ratio would be three drops of essential oils per person. Keep in mind you can mix and match the oils to develop your own special blend or medicinal uses.
A good example of this would be the mixing of 3 drops of pine, 3 drops rosemary, 4 drops lime and 8 drops of grapefruit. This will create a very detoxifying, energizing blend. When mixing this amount of oils it should be added to a bucket of water rather than a liter used for smaller sauna use.
If you have a personal steam sauna you can still experience an aromatherapy session. Personal steam saunas are available with their own steam pot, just mix the oil of your choice with the water and pour it into the pot for a relaxing, health oriented sauna session.
The personal Infrared sauna can also be used for aromatherapy. Having an Infrared personal sauna in your home is like having your own wonderful retreat from the world, so why not make it even more pleasurable with the addition of your favorite essential oils?
Some Infrared saunas can be purchased with an aromatherapy cup to place the oil in. If yours does not, just use a small container and place it, along with the oil, in an area that it is sure to get heated then just sit back and enjoy.
While you can basically use any oil in your infrared sauna, the two that I noticed were recommended the most were peppermint and lavender. Although eucalyptus seems to be moving up the ladder quite quickly and may well become the number one choice when it comes to essential oils for use in an Infrared sauna.
All oils have their own unique properties and are used to achieve many different health benefits. While one particular oil is good for pain, another is helpful in the relief of stress or anxiety. Some are helpful in sleep disorders and still others energizes you, and are best used at the beginning of your day.
Depending how you wish to use the oils, as well as how often and what you want to achieve, you may want to do a little research in the uses and benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy.
This way you are certain to attain all the wonderful benefits of these extraordinary oils. As well as every advantage of their health related abilities. These oils along with the use of a Infrared sauna can be one of the most enjoyable relaxing experiences in your quest to become the best you can be.
Other Accessories You Can Buy To Enhance Your Experience
When it comes to saunas there are a multitude of choices available for you to choose from. Whether you wish to have your own personal sauna, or one to enjoy with your family and friends. There is sure to be the perfect sauna to fit your needs.
Now, depending on your sauna of choice the accessories will be different. For example if you have a steam sauna that can accommodate up to 4 people you can purchase a multitude of things. From sauna buckets with ladles to different style benches in an array of sizes and materials.
You can also, if you wish, purchase a wall mounted flipp’n shower bucket with a pull rope – this is a perfect addition to an outdoor sauna. You can buy thermometers, fragrances, cleaners, towel hangers and a multitude of other products.
Sauna kits also come with certain accessories to choose from. Like flooring and different heaters, back rests, headrests, lights and shades. Just think a sauna customized just for you and your family. One that fits all your needs as well as your desires.
The portable home steam or infrared saunas are perfect for single users. Their detoxifying abilities are second to none. Steam saunas and baths have been used for thousands of years and their health benefits are seemingly endless. Not just for ridding the body of toxins but to help combat a wide range of diseases and other afflictions.
Infrared saunas on the other hand have become the personal sauna of choice. They heat the body like the rays of the sun. And have a vast array of qualities unlike anything else on the market today.
There are plenty of portable saunas available for purchase (we reviewed lots of them here at Sauna Revolution) and they come with plenty of accessory options. Although most do come accompanied by a stool, reviews have found most people are disappointed with them, and find them uncomfortable due to the fact they have no back support.
However others can be purchased with folding canvas chairs, similar to a beach chair. If you find this type is also unsuitable you can always purchase your own, thus ensuring it’s a perfect fit not only for the sauna but for yourself.
Other accessories available are foot rests, towels, steam pots for aromatherapy, and even remote controls.
Whatever sauna you choose, be it steam or infrared, if it does not come accompanied by the accessories you wish for, rest assured they are available for purchase. And you may purchase as many as you wish to make your sauna the perfect sauna for you.