One of the most popular accessories for steam saunas is an essential oil scent bowl. Suspended over the saunas heating unit, these scent bowls usually have a tiny hole in the bottom so the essential oil and water mixture can slowly drip down and release the scent into the warm, steamy air. Not only does this create a very pleasing environment for the sauna bather, some essential oils are purported to further augment the health benefits of sauna bathing.
For instance, essential oil of eucalyptus, which is one of the most popular oils for use in saunas, is reported to have additional benefits for the respiratory system. Commonly used in natural cough and cold remedies, eucalyptus helps to clear the bronchial passages and reduce sinus congestion.
Another essential oil which is commonly used for respiratory problems or infections is pine. Not only is essential oil of pine good for the lungs, it is also one of the more invigorating oils. It is especially pleasant to help revive the sauna bather after a long, tiring day. Also, oil of pine can help reduce the pain and inflammation of joint problems like arthritis.
Essential oil of rosemary is also...