If you’re a busy person, having both health and relaxation just doesn’t seem possible. The good news is that is. Have you ever had the opportunity to enjoy a steam room or sauna? They have incredible health and beautification benefits while allowing you to relax and re-energize.
How Saunas and Steam Rooms Support Health and Relaxation
Saunas can be used as a means of calming the body and relieving stress. If you suffer from insomnia (one in three people have a mild case), they can also help induce sleep.
The heat from the sauna helps the body release endorphins, a feel-good chemical that reduces the effects of stress on the body which can relax you enough to sleep better. The sauna heats up your body, so when you leave and begin to cool down, your body releases increased levels of melatonin. Melatonin relaxes you and promotes deeper sleep.
The heat from a sauna soothes your nerve endings, warming and relaxing muscles. This relieves tension from your body and minimizes joint pain. Those suffering from illnesses such as arthritis, painful migraines, and headaches will especially find saunas beneficial.
Steam rooms have similar benefits to saunas, but they work with added moisture in the air. Steam opens up your airways, improving your breathing and alleviating congestion. The wet heat thins and opens the mucous membranes in the body, relieving sinus pressure. That makes steam rooms more beneficial for those with asthma and bronchitis.
Steam rooms also increase metabolism and aid in mild weight loss. Steam will produce sweat, which means your body is losing water weight. Since our bodies largely consist of water, sweating will cause you to lose a few pounds. The sweat also detoxifies and cleanses the body.
Both facilities open the pores, increasing blood and lymphatic circulation, softening your skin. After using either one, you should notice a healthy pink glow, making you look younger.
Steam rooms cleanse out any impurities from the skin which is especially good for those who have acne. Similarly, saunas eradicate blackheads to give you clearer skin.
In addition to the heat of steam rooms and saunas, there are options for enhancing your experience and adding health benefits to essential oils. Common ones are Lavender, Orange, and our favorite, Eucalyptus.
We offer a Eucalyptus Oil ShowerMist that you can easily use both in the shower and spa alike. Eucalyptus is antimicrobial and is a powerful immune support, and cleanser of the sinus and bronchial passages. Great for migraines and stiff muscles. What’s not to love?
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The cold and flu virus seems to have taken a real hold on people’s health. Don’t get under it. Instead, recognize what you can do to both strengthen your immune system, cleanse and heal your body from the comfort of your home, without chemicals or unnecessary trips to the doctor!
Skip the Doctor’s Office With these Natural Cold and Flu Busters!
The body loves a chance to release stored toxins in the skin and other organs. Either create a good steaming shower and add our eucalyptus oil shower spray to the mix or do the same in a quality sauna or steam room. This will also fight bronchial infections, respiratory struggles, improve circulation and alleviate pain from fibromyalgia and arthritis.
Keeping hydrated allows the body to both function efficiently and to flush toxins and bacteria from your system. Water is essential for the optimal function of every system in your body.
The following foods are extremely beneficial for your overall health and strength of your immune system. Be sure to get a balanced amount of each.
-Fermented foods such as kefir, kimchee, miso, pickles, sauerkraut, etc.
-Coconuts and coconut oil
-Locally grown fruits and vegetables
-Garlic, when eaten raw, it is a potent antimicrobial that kills bacteria, viruses AND fungi
-Herbs and spices with high ORAC scores: Turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, cloves
-essential oils with antiviral and antibacterial properties such as: melaleuca, rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme and citrus, are great for inhalation, diffusing or topical application, when looking to boost the immune system.
Vitamin D is the number one prevention and treatment for illness as it is an amazingly effective antimicrobial agent, producing 200 to 300 different antimicrobial peptides in your body that kill bacteria, viruses and fungi. The best source for vitamin D is direct sunlight exposure, but isn’t always available for many or practical during the winter. The next best thing to sunlight is the use of a safe indoor tanning device. If neither natural nor artificial sunlight is an option, then using oral supplements is your best bet.
Make sure you are getting an adequate amount sleep. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, or enough restorative sleep, you’ll be at increased risk for a hostile viral takeover.
At Eurospa, we are committed to your health and the health of the world around you. Please take close care of your immune system this season and talk to us about our other products available for personal and spa use!
There’s a lot of hype out there promising you great skin and supreme health. And since you want to enjoy supple, youthful skin and vibrant health, its understandable that you’d be on the lookout for such a miracle! One popular remedy is steaming with Eucalyptus oil. If you have heard anything at all (or not) I want to shed some light on the issue.
While Eucalyptus oil won’t make you look 25 years younger or heal you overnight, it’s benefits are strong and will make a powerful difference. Believe it or not, this potent essential oil is beneficial in many ways, with health and beauty as two of them. Eucalyptus increases circulation, opens up both the bronchial and nasal passages while also opening up the pores in the skin. This causes stored toxins to be broken down and expelled, leaving you breathing more deeply and your skin to glow.
Eucalyptus steam inhalation is recommended by some alternative practitioners for relieving nasal congestion and sinus congestion, usually from colds and flu. It can be done two to four times a day to relieve symptoms. If you’re not able to do this, a steamy shower, vaporizer, or facial sauna is an alternative.
Eucalyptus oil is an essential oil which can be found in many health food stores and online. It should not be confused with camphor oil. Eucalyptus oil should not be ingested, applied directly to the skin, or used in excess of suggested amounts.
Instructions For Stove Top Steaming
Fill the kettle and bring the water to a boil.
Place the bowl on a stable surface, such as a table.
Turn the kettle off and carefully pour approximately four to six cups of water into the bowl.
Add two to three drops of eucalyptus oil to the water.
With your head at approximately arm’s length away, cover your head with the towel. Don’t bring your face too close to the water.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Continue for 10 minutes.
If you start to feel overheated or uncomfortable, remove the sheet.
Shower Steam Option
While the stove top is a great option, busy people may want to be more efficient with their time, and opt to steam in the shower or bath tub. For this, we provide an affordable Eucalyptus Oil Shower Spray that you can spray into the steam. We suggest you close up all bathroom doors, windows and curtains to achieve the full affect.
Do not add more than the suggested amount of eucalyptus oil.
Keep children away while doing a eucalyptus steam inhalation.
Certain people should avoid eucalyptus steam inhalation, such as those with heart conditions, central nervous system disorders, and pregnant women. Infants, children, and elderly people may not be able to respond appropriately to the heat. [source]
At Eurospa, our passion is to provide you with the highest quality products possible to allow you the chance at great health and divine relaxation. Please contact us today for more information and to make your first (or repeat) order!