We all try to find ways to relieve ourselves from stress, be it going out with friends, going on holiday, or simply having a relaxing bath or shower at the end of the day. But if it is not really possible for you to go out every night or go on holiday simply on a whim every month, your best option is to take a nice, long, and relaxing shower every evening.
But you know what can make your bath or shower experience more intense and satisfying? An aromatherapy steam shower. With the use of aromatherapy oils in your shower, you can instantly feel soothed and relaxed and you are guaranteed to emerge from your shower feeling as good as new.
Everyone has heard of aromatherapy – who knows, you may even have a few aromatherapy candles lying around. But did you know that aromatherapy, which has been in existence for more than 9,000 years, has its own unique benefits for your health and well-being?
Basically, aromatherapy is the use of various essential oils which are produced from the natural extracts or compounds of plants and herbs, such as rosemary, lavender, and eucalyptus. These extracts and compounds produce amazingly aromatic fragrances which have dramatic positive effects on the body and mind. Aromatherapy oils are created from plant leaves, roots, grasses, fruit peels, and wood bark.
If you are using aromatherapy in a steam shower, you simply place a few drops of any essential oil you like in a small compartment in the shower cubicle or cabin. This aromatherapy feature is available in many steam shower cubicles nowadays, especially those that are available from JT Spas (learn more about their steam shower range. The drops of essential oil then mix and infuse with the hot water and steam, creating a fragrant, immensely beneficial vapour that permeates the shower cabin.
The history – and actual benefits – of aromatherapy
As mentioned, essential oils from plants and plant compounds have been used for ages. But the study of aromatherapy in modern times really only began with a man named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. Mr. Gattefosse was the first person to come up with the actual term ‘aromatherapie’ in 1935. Mr. Gattefosse was also instrumental in showing the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, especially when it came to lavender oil, which he used to treat and relieve the burns of victims in World War I and his own burns as well.
But you should also keep in mind that aromatherapy is not really meant to take the place of standard medicine and medical care. Instead, aromatherapy should be seen as a complement to standard medicine, and should be used to simply enhance a person’s body and mood or state of mind. Nevertheless, it has been found that a lot of aromatherapy oils actually have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and healing characteristics, and, as a matter of fact, all 100% aromatherapy oils are anti-bacterial.
Maximising the use of essential oils in your own steam shower
It can be said that the best way to enjoy and feel the full benefits of essential oils is in a steam shower. The fragrance is quite relaxing in itself, and the qualities of each essential oil offer a big boost to your physical, mental, and emotional health as well. Some essential oils are ideal for soothing and relaxing, whilst others are perfect for boosting your energy and concentration. Essential oils like eucalyptus, for one, are known for relieving colds and coughs, and ylang ylang oil aids in stress relief and depression and works as a relaxant as well.
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