Aromatherapy is the use of fragrant essential oils from plants to improve MENTAL and PHYSICAL well-being, which dates back to ancient Egypt. Depending on the desired effect, the oils may be inhaled or applied topically.
So how do you use fragrant oils in your steam room?
There are many options for adding essential oils to your steam room. Such as a cotton wool wick, a steam pod or nozzle and even aromatherapy tablets will work.
Adding essential oils to your steam room or steam shower experience is something we would highly recommend and in this guide, we answer all the questions you might have if you are looking to enhance your next steam session
From which essential oils to use, how to add them, how they will benefit your health and so much more.
How to add essential oils to a steam shower?
There are several ways to add essential oils to your steam shower.
An inexpensive way is to add a few drops of your favourite oils to a cotton wool wick, these can be bought from Amazon or we stock the Vidalux diffuser wicks here.
The Vidalux diffuser wicks bring the spa experience home, delivering pure aromatherapy oil vapours to invigorate your senses and help you relax.
They work with any “pod-style” steam outlet and are simple to use, making it easy to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy in your shower.
Choose from a variety of oils to find the perfect scent for you, and let the Vidalux diffuser wicks transport you to a world of relaxation.
The second option is to add the essence to the steam pod or steam nozzle within the steam shower.
Many models have a special reservoir where you can add the essence. This is the most common approach for steam showers.
The third option is to use Aromatherapy tablets, this option is only suitable for steam showers.
The tablets work in a similar way to the essential oils added to the steam pod or nozzle. But as they are in tablet form, they are simply placed in the shower tray. There are a number of these natural blends available.
Here is one we recommend, the CalmGrace Shower Tablets. Imagine showering that takes you to another more peaceful place filled with mindfulness and calmness.
Another really great option from insignia is their shower aromatherapy system. They have created the AMI essential oils diffuser. AMI steam guard that promises to deliver the perfect amount of aroma into your steam shower in minutes.
This clever option simply retrofits to the steam pod. Though do note this only works with steam showers and steam rooms using this model of the steam pod, which also comes are part of our own DIY Homekit here.
Essential Oils for Steam showers
There are a number of essential oil blends that you can use in a steam shower, but the most popular are those that have a calming or uplifting effect.
There are a plethora of distinct fragrances to select from, as well as mixtures designed to cure certain problems, such as nasal congestion or lack of energy.
The following essential oils are perfect to use in steam showers and their effects:
–Eucalyptus oil is known for its decongestant and antibacterial properties, making it perfect for relieving a blocked nose or sinuses.
–Lavender oil is one of the most versatile essential oils and has a relaxing effect on the mind and body.
–Peppermint oil is refreshing and can help to clear the head and improve energy levels. According to NCCIH “In aromatherapy, peppermint oil is promoted for treating coughs and colds, reducing pain, improving mental function, and reducing stress”.
–Rosemary oil is invigorating and can help to improve focus.
–Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that can help to disinfect the skin and pores.
-Ylang-ylang: relieves muscle tension and insomnia
Take look at our Essential oils kit which includes a small pot of all the necessary oils you would need to add to your steam shower.
Which Essential Oils Are Best for Steam Showers?
The best essential oils for steam showers are those that have a relaxing or uplifting effect. Some of the most popular essential oils for this purpose include lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and rosemary oil.
It is important to choose an essential oil that you enjoy the smell of. As you will be spending a considerable amount of time in the steam shower.
If you are looking for an essential oil that has a decongestant and antibacterial effect, then eucalyptus oil is a good choice.
If you are struggling with muscle tension or insomnia, ylang-ylang oil may be the best option for you.
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So, these are just a few of the many essential oils that you could use in your steam room. Experiment and find which ones work best for you – everyone’s different and will have their own favourite scents.
Not only will adding essential oils make your steam sessions more enjoyable. But they also offer a range of health benefits that can improve your overall wellbeing. Ready to start streaming?