The relaxation debate seems to come down to sauna vs. steam room. We all want a place to unwind after a long day and the sauna vs. steam room conundrum seems to stump many of us. What are the differences between the two? What are the health benefits of each? Can I put both in my house? These are questions we all have, so let’s get to the bottom of this.
In examining the history of saunas, the Finnish sauna comes to the forefront – with a long and rich history and heritage. In fact, having an understanding of the culture and traditions of the Finns can actually add to the personal enjoyment of the sauna experience.
The original Finnish word “sauna” actually means a bath or bathhouse, and today it’s in common use in the English language. The sauna is well entrenched in modern western lifestyles, but the history of saunas easily goes back a thousand years with the Finnish people. Continue reading
Using scented essential oils is very popular in saunas. Most commonly, a few drops of oil are added to the sauna water bucket. When water is ladled over the sauna stones, the steam gives off a pleasant fragrance. By far the most common scented essence is eucalyptus. Lavender is also a very pleasant and popular scent for aromatherapy. Others may include pine, birch, citrus, and peppermint.