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.
How does aromatherapy work?
Some heaters like Saunafin’s Tylo Sense Sport, Sense Plus and Sense Combi have a small well in the rock tray where you can pour a bit of oil. As the rock tray heats, the oil evaporates in to the air dispersing the pleasing fragrance
Aromatherapy is very popular today in many forums. Saunas are an ideal place to incorporate aromatherapy. Aromatherapy for saunas is used to enhance your mood, relax your body, or tune your mind. Aromatherapy and a Saunafin sauna make a great tag team.
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Eucalyptus has a sweet and medicinal odor that reveals it’s therapeutic properties. Eucalyptus oil is known to relieve muscle pain and can often provide relief from some respiratory problems. This essential oil also helps to clear the sinuses and relieve congestion as symptoms of a cold.
The scent of pine is a great way to bring the smell of nature into the sauna. As aromatherapy for saunas, pine essential oil, when splashed on sauna rocks, evokes a woodsy fragrance that is well-known for its medicinal properties. Pine oil is particularly helpful with breathing and respiration.
The essential oil of birch is actually traditional in Finnish saunas. It has a minty, medicinal smell, and has been associated with the relief of various aches and pains. Many sauna experts suggest birch oil as a favourite over others – it also has a disinfecting and detoxifying effect on the sauna.
For those who sauna in the early morning, citrus essential oil is ideal for waking up the senses. Like the benefits of citrus juices, the essential oil is helpful in relieving aches and pains. Citrus is also known for its sanitizing properties when sprayed in and around the inside of the sauna.
Peppermint essential oil is a wholesome and healthful scent, often beneficial with various muscle pains. Peppermint has been known to reduce joint pain, while addressing areas of inflammation. Peppermint is also ideal for indigestion, so drinking a peppermint tea in the sauna is an option.