Considering that I lived in Finland for many years the smell of the sauna wood oil on a Friday evening told me that the Finnish wood sauna was ready
Friday evenings in Finland is sauna time. This means collecting the wood from the wood shed and starting a fire in the firebox of the sauna stove. Then allow the sauna to warm to a good 75 -90 degrees. In my opinion, the Finnish wood sauna has a softer heat compared to the electric sauna, which I feel is much to do with the use of natural materials such as silver birch wood or Norwegian pine.
The benefits from going to a weekly or twice weekly sauna is great, firstly it improve the immune system, helps relieve muscle tension, tone up the muscles, and relaxes the body. You will notice while sitting in the sauna that your heart rate will increase, which will increases your metabolism, blood circulation, and detoxifies your body. A sauna also can improve your overall mood and mental state, in Finland this may also be because of the social aspect of the sauna culture.
In the past the only oil used in the sauna was sauna wood oil but recently other oils have been used such as peppermint, Eucalyptus and lemon. Using essential oils can play a major role in a rejuvenating the body and enhancing the sauna experience.
The sauna oils should be mixed with water and then poured onto the sauna stones to create a intoxicating stream. When mixed with water and steam, the essential oil gets readily absorbed in the skin. This results in the cleaning the lungs via the bloodstream and relaxing the mind and body.
Below I have created a list of my favorite sauna oils
Sauna essential oils list
Peppermint Essential Oil
Using peppermint oil in the sauna makes a great muscle relaxant. It helps treat sore muscles and muscle pain. It is beneficial for people suffering from arthritis, as it also reduces inflammation and joint pain. The scent of peppermint has a healing effect. It is known to heal emotional pain and bring a sense of peace. It also eases headaches, abdominal pain, fever, and nausea.
Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil in the sauna is great for both calming and clearing the body and easing breathing. It has a fresh and clean aroma that will leave you feeling rejuvenated. Eucalyptus oil helps in relieving pain. It is also beneficial to clear sinuses, congestion, and ease respiratory issues.
Melaleuca Essential Oil (Tea tree oil)
Melaleuca oil (Tea tree oil) in a sauna is beneficial in cleansing and regenerative the body, especially for the skin. Composed of more than ninety different compounds, melaleuca has limitless therapeutic applications. The aroma of this oil is fresh. It stimulates the immune system, fights viruses, and is an antiseptic.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is widely used and accepted for its calming and relaxing qualities so it is great to used in a sauna. The sauna helps relaxes muscles, and is an antiseptic, antidepressant, and analgesic. The scent of Lavender essential oil also helps treat common colds, coughs, insomnia, migraines, and influenza. Also lavender essential oil has been know to relieve anxiety and stress.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
The exotic fragrance of sandalwood is deeply relaxing in the sauna. It has a woody scent which creates harmony to the body and mind. Sandalwood oil has anti-inflammatory and relaxing properties. It is beneficial to treat muscle pain and spasms. It stimulates the immune system, encourages sleep, and is very helpful in treating skin issues. Sandalwood essential oil is also has antidepressant, antiseptic, antiviral, and astringent properties.
Lemon Essential Oil
Another favorite of my sauna oils powerhouse is the nature and potent properties of lemon essential oils. Lemon oil is known as a powerful aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser that can be used to complement many other oils. If you are planning a sauna, at the beginning of the day, citrus oils such as lemon, lime or wild orange are the best choice to awaken your senses and get back your energy levels. Citrus essential oils detoxifies your body from the inside out. A regular session with citrus essential oils will help in easing pain, reduce inflammation and depression.
It is important to note that sauna oils are very strong because they are concentrated, so dilute them before use.
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