For thousands of years people have been using aromatherapy to help with mental and physical health. With a number of benefits shown, from stress relief to the alleviation of pain, it’s no wonder why. While it can get a little complex when you start getting deeper into it, with the introduction of carrier oils (to dilute the essential oils in a bath) and herbal distillates, it doesn’t need to be. Adding aromatherapy to your steam room can be incredibly beneficial to you and your health, as can be seen in the six reasons below.
#1 Reducing Stress and Anxiety
For many of us, stress and anxiety is a daily occurrence in our lives, whether this is due to work, life, or mental illness. The reduction of stress and anxiety through aromatherapy is the most popular reason for using the treatment at home, and with such great results it’s easy to see why. We all need something at the end of the day that can help us unwind, and aromatherapy does just that. Essential oils that contain lavender, lemon, and other citrus ingredients are often the best ones to use to help combat these deep set emotions. The aromatic compounds that are in these oils are relaxants that help to soothe the mind and ease any feelings of stress and anxiety.
#2 Fighting Depression
Depression is something that affects many people at some point in their lives. It is often helped with the use of prescription medicines, and these can often have unpleasant and upsetting side effects. Adding lavender and chamomile oils to your steam room can help to relieve these side effects and even assist in feelings of depressions and helplessness. Of course, if you are feeling down and have just had a bad day, then these oils can be used to help lift your spirits and perhaps ease any sad emotions that you are battling. Please remember that if feelings of depression worsen or continue over a period of time it is advised that you seek professional help for it.
#3 Healing and Recovery
Many essential oils act as stimulants and therefore can help increase the rate of healing in the body. Lavender, rosehip, and buckthorn all contain antimicrobial properties that help protect the body during the healing stages. It is likely that healing is faster due to an increase of oxygen, which leads to more blood flow to wounds that are both internal and external. It’s amazing what essential oils can do for the body. In fact, these same oils can help to reduce the discomfort from painful skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis just by soaking your body in a diluted solution.
If there is something that can quickly debilitate a person, it’s a sudden headache. They can be incredibly painful, and as our body build up immunity to over the counter drugs over time, they can be harder to get rid of too. Aromatherapy, however, can be an excellent way to help alleviate that headache. By using peppermint and eucalyptus in your steam room you can help to ease your pain and combat the debilitation that headaches can often cause. For even better results when combatting head pain, try mixing in some carrier oils such as avocado and coconut. These can often help get rid of the problem faster, which allows you to get on with your day uninterrupted.
Citrus, ginger, and peppermint oils are exactly what you need if you are suffering from digestive issues. For those suffering from IBS, peppermint oil can be incredibly effective at soothing a sore and angry stomach. Often, it is best if you couple this aromatherapy treatment with a cup of peppermint tea, as the mint is found to be incredibly helpful at combatting a sore gut. Other oils, such as citrus and ginger, can help to ease constipation, indigestion, and bloating, as well as helping to speed the metabolism up to encourage food to be digested faster by the stomach.
#6 Boosting the Immune System
Our immune systems are vital to us. They protect us from diseases and do their best to keep us healthy. So when we can, we do our best to boost it and help it become stronger. After all, the more illnesses we can prevent, the better. Essential oils such as lemon and oregano can really help give your immune system the boost that it might just need. These oils contain antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, all of which help fight against bacteria and infections. By incorporating this into your steam room you are helping to give your immune system some added strength so that it is ready to fight off anything that might come your way.