Aromatherapy, sometimes called essential oil therapy, has been around for thousands of years. It is a holistic treatment that is sometimes used alongside medical treatment to improve emotional and physical health. Ancient cultures in China, Egypt and many others used aromatherapy for medical and religious purposes. They used aromatic plant components and found that it also had both physical and psychological benefits.
The most common use of aromatherapy is using it with the aim of improving someone’s health or mood. However, is thought to have a wide range of benefits which overall enhances wellbeing and can sometimes be used by people with long lasting pain or some health conditions.
Using an infrared sauna is relaxing on its own, but using essential oils as a complementary therapy with the sauna can really enhance the benefits and relaxation experience!
How to create your own sauna aromatherapy experience
Never use essential oils without diluting them first. When using them in a sauna, the best way to do this is by adding the oils to water and pouring them on the hot rocks, just as you would do with normal water. As the water evaporates, the steam will be fragrant with the oils, similar to a diffuser. You can also dilute your oils in a spray bottle and take it in with you to spray it into the air.
Another option would be to add the mixture of oils and water into a stainless steel bowl, you can even add fresh herbs into the bowl for the added therapeutic pleasure.
The best essential oils to use in a sauna
This essential has long been used for aromatherapy and is one most widely known for its soothing properties. This is perfect after a long day or if you just need to relax and wind down. The scent helps calm headaches and promotes good sleep. Other healing properties of lavender you may not know about include anti-ageing antioxidants, improved brain function and diabetes protection. Relaxing in your sauna using lavender aromatherapy is sure to leave you feeling rested and restored.
The citrus family essential oils come in a number of scents. Lemon and orange are the most popular. These oils are good for feeling invigorated and refreshed as they are known to boost energy levels. Start your day with a sauna session and citrus scents and you will leave feeling woken up and ready to tackle the day. Citrus oils are also known for anti-inflammatory properties, cleansing and anti-depressant properties.
Eucalyptus essential oil has long been forgotten but it offers many health benefits. Don’t believe us? Find out 9 amazing benefits of eucalyptus oil here. A lot of people hang eucalyptus leaves in their shower if they do not have a sauna for its therapeutic benefits. You can use eucalyptus in your sauna to help with respiratory issues and control blood pressure. Most helpful wen you are feeling under the weather or have a cough. It antibacterial properties can also help to keep your sauna in tip top condition if more than one person uses it.
This is similar to citrus oils in that it boosts energy. Peppermint is a stimulant and is good for those that have trouble waking up in the morning. Sit in the sauna and use peppermint oil as your sauna aromatherapy, this will awaken your senses and it’s cooling properties will have you feeling revitalized. Peppermint is also a natural remedy for stomach upsets such as nausea and bloating.
5. Tea tree
This oil is widely known as one of the best essential oils for fighting infections and boosting your immune system. A must have oil for aromatherapy. A lot of people use this oil for its antiseptic properties and, just like eucalyptus, it is highly effective for fighting respiratory issues and sicknesses. This oil can also be used to treat some skin conditions. Make sure to dilute this essential oil properly and avoid contact with your eyes and nose as this oils high healing properties make it’s concentrated strength quite high.
There are many other types of essential oils you can use in your sauna if these five don’t appeal to you. You can also mix different oils for a combination of desired results. You know which results you desire, be sure to make the most of your sauna aromatherapy sessions for a true spa-like experience.