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Using aromatherapy oils in the sauna

The following oils can be used on their own in the sauna, with the most popular being Eucalyptus, Pine & Peppermint - but Tea Tree, Lemon, Lavender, Clary Sage, Cypress, Birch, Rosemary, Lime, Grapefruit & Bergamot are also great.

Should you wish to combine oils, you could look at the following combinations:

Combination 1

Combination 2

Using essential oils in the sauna

Pure undiluted essential oil must never be placed on the super-heated rocks of the sauna - the dilution to use is to add 4 drops of pure essential oil to 1 liter of water & then to use this fragranced water when dousing the rocks in the sauna.

It is generally accepted that sauna baths originated in Finland, although "sweat therapy" or "sweat baths" are part of many cultural or folk medicines.

The logic behind the health benefits of having a sauna, is that sitting in a heated sauna would simulate an artificial "fever" & in so doing stimulate the immune response of the body to be activated, which in turn would speed up the production of white blood cells - some studies have shown a remarkable increase during "artificial fevers".

It furthermore is supposed to help the production of interferon in the body. Interferon is an anti-viral protein that has powerful cancer fighting properties.

Since a sauna also speeds up the chemical processes in the body, it is also a favorite way to help clear the body of accumulated toxins. Not only does it speed up the body processes, but also perks up the working of the skin, which as the largest organ is important for waste removal, & in so doing stimulates the process to sweat, & helps remove waste products.

During a 15 minute session in a sauna, the average person can lose between 0.5 - 1.5 liters of water, & it is therefore essential that people drink water before & after a sauna to prevent dehydration

The temperature during a sauna increases the skin temperature by about 10 degrees Celsius & the body temperature by about 3 degrees Celsius - the "artificial fever", which many alternative practitioners believe helps to kill off unwanted bacteria & viruses, plus gets the body to move its immune system into a higher gear.

Another interesting fact about a sauna is that the heat helps the body to get rid of lactic acid which is formed during exercise, & for this reason it may be a good idea to have a sauna after a particularly heavy training session. But remember to first wait awhile after exercising & to have a cool shower before entering the sauna.

Sauna & Decks For Africa also stock a range of parts for Saunas & Steam generators;

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