Essential Oils and Aromatherapy in your Sauna
Are you thinking about adding essential oils to your sauna experience?
We think you should!
At Almost Heaven Saunas we offer 8 different essential oil scents that can be used in your indoor or outdoor steam sauna. Add a few drops of oil to a bucket of water, sprinkle it on the hot rocks and enjoy the all encompassing aroma of pine, ylang ylang, lavender, cedarwood, frankincense, eucalyptus, peppermint, or lemon oil. Each scent offers its own unique benefits and when mixed, you can create the exact scent and atmosphere you are looking for to get the maximum amount of benefit and enjoyment out of your sauna experience.
Here are the 8 essential oils we sell at Almost Heaven and their unique rejuvenating, calming, and healing aromatherapy properties:
Do you have trouble sleeping? High stress and anxiety? Tense neck and shoulders? Lavender essential oil is known for its calming and relaxing properties. The aroma is floral and sweet and subtle. An evening sauna with lavender might be just what you need to get a good night’s sleep and relaxation after a long day.
Become more of a morning person by adding eucalyptus to your early morning sauna routine. Eucalyptus oil is a natural stimulant that can help energize and wake you up in the morning. Sauna whisks (sometimes made out of birch or eucalyptus) have long been used in the Finnish tradition for the fragrant smell and healing properties. Eucalyptus oil can also be an effective agent against respiratory illness.
Pine oil is closely related to eucalyptus. It is an energizing oil that promotes focus and awareness. Pine can be mixed with eucalyptus oil and lemon oil to help lower inflammation, fight bacteria and unwanted odors, and improve your mood. It also brings the lovely scent of the outdoors into your sauna.
Peppermint oil is known for its cooling and energizing properties, another perfect oil for a morning sauna session. It can also be used to help relieve pain. The mixture of heat and peppermint oil diffused in your sauna can do wonders for tension pain, headaches, back and shoulder pain, inflammation, etc.
Lemon is wonderful for skincare. Because lemon oil is a natural detoxifier and contains antiseptic properties, it is often used to remove pore clogging oils from the skin, tighten the skin, and prevent wrinkles. The fresh and clean smell leaves you feeling uplifted and rejuvenated after a sauna session. It can also be used as a cleaning solution for your sauna: add water, a few drops of oil, white vinegar and wipe down your sauna with a clean cloth. Voila! Your sauna is clean and smells like fresh citrus!
Need a mood boost? The sweet flowery scent of the Ylang Ylang flower brings the smell of springtime into your sauna. This oil has been known to reduce stress, feelings of sadness, and symptoms of depression. It is also a natural antiseptic and can help with pain relief.
Cedarwood oil is another oil that can help calm stress and anxiety. It is also like many of our other essential oils in the sense that it acts as a natural astringent and does wonders for the skin. It can help with skin irritation and inflammation, and is a natural detoxifier. Cedarwood essential oil gives off a sweet balsam aroma.
The sweet, piney and lemony aroma of frankincense can be used to encourage respiratory health by clearing the airways through the body. It has been known to help with allergies and in cold and flu season, strengthening immunity.
The many health and wellness benefits of using a steam sauna on its own are significant even without the use of essential oils. If you own or are looking into buying one of our saunas made from Western Rustic Cedar, then you know the therapeutic properties that the calming smell of cedar can have. The sauna provides its own aromatherapy. Essential oils are a way to change up and enhance your sauna bath experience. Mix and match them, find a blend or an essential oil that works for you and your family. Give them a try and see what you think!
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