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  • Sauna & Steam Bath Hydrotherapy Description
  • Sauna & Steam Bath Treatment
  • The Effects of Sauna & Steam Baths
  • Essential Oil Use With Saunas & Steam Baths
  • Applications
  • Safety Concerns

  • sauna and steam baths


    Using water to help heal the body and soothe the soul is a practice dating as far back as 4000 B.C., a time when hydrotherapy meant a visit to the public Roman baths. Saunas and steam baths have been commonly used in several cultures throughout history as a means of therapy and ritually to help purify the body.

    Today, you can reap the benefits of steam baths in your own home, and saunas are a standard offering in most health clubs. Any temperature-controlled room of 122°F which has air that is saturated with steam can be considered a steam bath.

    A sauna, on the other hand, works on the principle of hot, dry air's healing effect. Water is poured over heated stones to create a "dry" steam, with the temperature of the sealed, wood-lined room often rising above 100°F.

    Both saunas and steam baths are more than very relaxing. They are curative, as well. A sauna is believed to be a powerful ally in treating allergies, sinus problems and cold. A sauna or steam bath can also help to soothe pain in the joints. In addition, they stimulate the sweat glands; this process helps to boost the body's natural defenses.

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    towel and bath brush


    The time spent in either a stream bath or sauna should be no more than 15 to 20 minutes. However, a shower beforehand and a cooling down and rest period after are advisable, so the entire process can last up to one hour. Try to take steam baths and saunas twice weekly.

    Steam baths and saunas are used to combat fatigue, treat poor circulation. sinus congestion, respiratory conditions such as asthma, coughs or bronchitis, treat muscle tension caused by exercise and joint pain, helpful for relieving stress, relieves symptoms of colds, flu or allergies and strengthens a weakened immune system.


    Exposure to steam heat both activates the sweat glands and raises the body's temperature, two processes that can help the body heal. Raising the body temperature (similar to a fever) increases white blood cells and makes them more active in preventing infection. Sweating, in turn, purges harmful toxins from your system.

    Extra Tip - Saunas and steam baths work wonders on the complexion by opening pores and adding moisture. steaming your face once a week will help prevent blemishes and give you a healthy glow.

    eucalyptus leaves


    By putting a few drops of an essential oil or blend of oils onto a cotton ball or cloth and placing it in the sauna, you can intensify the medicinal benefits. Certain essential oils, such as Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Hyssop, are often used to combat colds.


    EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL: This oil acts as an analgesic, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, and so much more. Eucalyptus oil is toxic to bacteria that cause colds and sinus conditions. Eucalyptus is a exhilarating, clarifying oil that rejuvenates and refreshes the body and mind. It can help weakness, headaches and fatigue. The fragrance is woody, sweet and pungent at the same time.

    PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL: Peppermint is a very good analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and more. This pale liquid is very strong and blends well with other oils. It is also refreshing and rejuvenating and smells great when you use it for steam inhalation.

    ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL: Rosemary is an herbaceous oil that is very aromatic for steaming. Rosemary is an analgesic, antiseptic, stimulant, antimicrobial and more.

    HYSSOP ESSENTIAL OIL: Hyssop is an antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, cicatrizant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypertensive, nervine, sedative, sudorific, tonic (heart and circulation), vermifuge, and vulnerary.


    FOR BREATHING DIFFICULTIES: Add Cedarwood, Eucalyptus or Pine Needle.

    FOR BRONCHITIS: Add Basil, Benzoin, Cedarwood, Clove, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Pine, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Tea Tree Oil, and Thyme.

    FOR COLDS: Use Bay, Black Pepper, Clove, Ginger, Myrrh, Orange, Pine, Rosemary or Tea Tree.

    FOR COUGHS: Use Benzoin, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Peppermint, Rosemary or Cypress.

    FOR SINUS: Add Basil, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint or Marjoram.


    cold shower SAUNA

    1. Shower thoroughly and dry off.
    2. Remain in the sauna no more than 15 to 20 minutes. Wipe your face frequently with a cool cloth to hydrate your skin and avoid overheating.
    3. After a sauna, take a 5 minute "air bath" in the fresh air or in a room with the windows open.
    4. Cool down with a cold shower.
    5. Compensate for loss of fluids and electrolytes by drinking water or fruit juice. Refrain from drinking alcohol.
    6. Try to rest for at least 30 minutes following the treatment.


    1. Shower thoroughly and dry off.
    2. If you have access to a pre-warming room, with dry air and a temperature of 140°F, remain in it until you are warmed through.
    3. Stay in the steam room for 15 to 20 minutes.
    4. Follow with a 5 minute "air bath".
    5. Cool down with a cool shower.
    6. Try to rest for at least 30 minutes.

    Note: Turn your shower into a steam bath by turning on the hot water in your shower on full force, closing the bathroom door and filling the room with steam. Steam vaporizers are very healing.


    Saunas and steam baths tax the heart and circulatory system. Before taking a sauna or a steam bath, consult with your health care provider if you are elderly or have any of the following conditions:
    • Inflammatory Heart Disease.
    • High Blood Pressure.
    • Multiple Sclerosis.
    • Inflammation of the Liver or Kidneys.
    • Acute Inflammatory Joint Disease.
    • Epilepsy.
    • Diabetes.
    If you are sensitive to extreme temperature changes, do not use a sauna or steam bath. (Personally, I tend get dizzy, nauseated and faint easily when exposed to hot temperatures including hot baths or showers. And with my asthma, I find steamy humid air aggravates my breathing - so I am not a good candidate for steam baths or saunas.)

    If you have any concerns or health issues, consult with your health care provider before using this type of therapy. Do NOT take a steam bath or sauna if you are pregnant. If you have questions about your particular situation, contact your midwife.

    The therapeutic benefits of saunas and steam baths have long been recognized by traditional health care providers to support treatment of conditions such as poor circulation and joint pain.

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    Anise Oil
    Baobab Oil
    Basil Oil
    Bay Laurel Oil
    Bay Oil
    Benzoin Oil
    Bergamot Oil
    Black Pepper Oil
    Chamomile (German) Oil
    Cajuput Oil
    Calamus Oil
    Camphor (White) Oil
    Caraway Oil
    Cardamom Oil
    Carrot Seed Oil
    Catnip Oil
    Cedarwood Oil
    Chamomile Oil
    Cinnamon Oil
    Citronella Oil
    Clary-Sage Oil
    Clove Oil
    Coriander Oil
    Cypress Oil
    Dill Oil
    Eucalyptus Oil
    Fennel Oil
    Fir Needle Oil
    Frankincense Oil
    Geranium Oil
    German Chamomile Oil
    Ginger Oil
    Grapefruit Oil
    Helichrysum Oil
    Hyssop Oil
    Iris-Root Oil
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    Myrtle Oil
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    Niaouli Oil
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    Patchouli Oil
    Peppermint Oil
    Peru-Balsam Oil
    Petitgrain Oil
    Pine-Long Leaf Oil
    Pine-Needle Oil
    Pine-Swiss Oil
    Rosemary Oil
    Rose Oil
    Rosewood Oil
    Sage Oil
    Sandalwood Oil
    Savory Oil
    Spearmint Oil
    Spikenard Oil
    Swiss-Pine Oil
    Tangerine Oil
    Tea-Tree Oil
    Thyme Oil
    Vanilla Oil
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    Vetiver Oil
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    Black Cumin Oil
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    Black Seed Oil
    Borage Seed Oil
    Calendula Oil
    Camelina Oil
    Castor Oil
    Coconut Oil
    Comfrey Oil
    Evening Primrose Oil
    Flaxseed Oil
    Grapeseed Oil
    Hazelnut Oil
    Hemp Seed Oil
    Jojoba Oil
    Kukui Nut Oil
    Macadamia Nut Oil
    Meadowfoam Seed Oil
    Mullein Oil
    Neem Oil
    Olive Oil
    Palm Oil
    Plantain Oil
    Plum Kernel Oil
    Poke Root Oil
    Pomegranate Seed Oil
    Pumpkin Seed Oil
    Rosehip Seed Oil
    Safflower Oil
    Sea Buckthorn Oil
    Sesame Seed Oil
    Shea Nut Oil
    Soybean Oil
    St. Johns Wort Oil
    Sunflower Oil
    Tamanu Oil
    Vitamin E Oil
    Wheat Germ Oil


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