Essential Oils can supercharge your steam sauna experience

Traditional steam saunas are healthy–no doubt about it.  The positive benefits are well documented.  There is however, a way to enhance your sauna experience and take the healthy, enjoyable benefits up a notch… essential oils. Certain aromas can have a pleasing effect on your senses, but this new experience transcends the pleasurable, offering a healthy outcome when particular oils are used.

In Finland, Eucalyptus oil is the go-to essential oil, often added to the water that’s splashed over hot sauna rocks.  Eucalyptus is a traditional remedy for the treatment of respiratory ailments, including colds, coughs, sore throats, bronchitis and even asthma.  Maybe it should be called Super Eucalyptus Oil, because additional benefits include antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Plus, it’s an antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant! It can also help your cuts and sores heal while you sauna.

Another way to supercharge your sauna session is Birch oil. The Finns have sworn by it for years. Birch oil acts as a detoxifier and a disinfectant. It also has analgesic and antispasmodic properties which can help with joint and muscle pain. In addition, Birch oil can aid in soothing toothaches and headaches, and help relieve cramping.

To round out our Sauna Aromatherapy Collection we offer the following for sauna enthusiasts:

  • Herbal Essential Oil Aromatherapy by Finnleo
  • Rento Finnish Sauna Aromatherapy in three different scents
  • Infrared Sauna Fragrance Holder, so you can enjoy any of our Essential Oils even if you don’t have a steam sauna.

A note of caution: In a steam sauna essential oils must be diluted with water. Never pour pure essential oil directly on sauna rocks.

Do you have a flair for the creative? Consider mixing a few essential oils together to create a “Super Oil”.  Here are a few recipes:

Super Oil Mix #1

  • Sandalwood—10 drops
  • Lemon—5 drops
  • Benzoin—1 drop
  • Geranium—2 drops

Mix these oils together and use 4 drops in a liter of water.

Super Oil Mix #2

  • Pine—3 drops
  • Rosemary—3 drops
  • Grapefruit—8 drops
  • Bergamot—2 drops
  • Niaouli—2 drops

Mix these oils together and use 4 drops in a liter of water.

Creating the “Super Oil Mixes” above is fun way to enhance the healthy benefits of your sauna session. If you want to learn more about the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, you’ll find a wealth of information at Esoteric Oils.


Don Riling

Author: Don Riling

Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.

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