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Does aromatherapy enhance the sauna experience?

Pettis pools and hot tubs report that “essential oils that are extracted from flowers, leaves, bark, wood, seeds, roots and peel are known to enhance moods and promote health.

They are absorbed into the bloodstream and metabolized within the body, producing many benefits beyond just a “nice smell.””

Four specifically are mentioned:

  1. Patchouli and lemon essential oils soothe after a workout
  2. Lavender oil helps stress and tension fade
  3. Eucalyptus and peppermint oils perk up your mind for a clearer focus
  4. Chamomile oil helps you relax and drift off to sleep

Line extension or legit?  You choose. One could say that if it smells good, do it.

Many old school sauna enthusiasts scoff at scents as they feel that clear fresh water produces the best loyly.  Some are partial to a little beer tossed on sauna rocks.  This practice may bring forth more of a positive mental sauna party association vs any actual aromatherapy benefit.  Then there is the Vihta tradition, where spring birch branch cuttings are soaked in a bucket of water.  The water turns to a light birch aroma tea.  When this water is tossed on sauna rocks, it gives off a loyly aroma as a fresh reminder of spring, cabins, water lapping on the shore, and a new season.

 

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2 Comments on This Post

  1. Thanks for the Vihta info. We sometimes eat an orange and squeeze the rind toward the stove. Nice citrus smell.

  2. Nice sauna blog with loads of useful information
    We use Birch tree oil for soothing aroma and eucalyptus for muscle pains
    It reallty helps when your getting on in years and the body seems to be rusting

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