You can create the ultimate spa inside of your steam shower by simply adding a few drops of essential oil into the showerhead. As the steam is dispersed, you will enjoy all of the benefits that aromatherapy has to offer.
As we continue to move towards more natural remedies for our medical problems, aromatherapy is a top choice. Known for its rejuvenating effects, aromatherapy can be used to clear sinuses and lungs, relax and soothe sore joints and muscles, dispel stress, lift spirits and much more. In fact, there is an aromatherapy for just about everything when it comes to your health.
Here are just a few of the many choices available in essential oils. Only a few drops introduced into your steam shower will usher you into a new realm of sensuous luxury.
Basic Choices in Essential Oils
Geranium (pelargorium graveolens); Aids in the treatment of anxiety and stress. It is especially adept at eliminating waste products as it stimulates the liver. It expels toxins from the digestive system and skin, and reduces fluid retention. It also combats infections of the throat and mouth.
Lavender (lavandula officinalis); A very popular oils, it treats depression, anxiety and motion sickness. It also reduces inflammation and heals mouth ulcers. A skin renewal product, as well, it has a most intoxicating aroma.
Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus); Although it fights skin conditions such as pimples and other inflammations, eucalyptus is more widely known for its ability to fight congestion and other cold symptoms, and to stimulate the mind. It is also used to fight aches and pains.
Myrrh (commiphora myrrha); Has many properties, including antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal. It can be used as an astringent, for healing and improving many skin conditions, for colds and asthma, and to combat periodontal disease.
Peppermint (mentha piperita); This can be used for a diverse array of ills, including emotional shock, intestinal cramps, heartburn, motion sickness, coughs and throat infections. It is also used to promote alertness and mental acuity.
Roman Chamomile (chamaemelum nobile); Reduces anxiety and promotes relaxation. It also treats inflammation of the skin (acne, rashes), and muscles. Chamomile is great for treating symptoms of the flu, particularly in that it stimulates appetite and combats diarrhea.
Rosemary (rosemarinus officinalis); Another intoxicating aroma, it triggers memory. In addition, it cleanses and refreshes skin, increases circulation, combats indigestion and gas, and even alleviates muscle cramps.
Sandalwood (santalum album); Calming and relaxing, sandalwood is known as a remedy for dry skin. It also treats insomnia, irritations of the throat and scalp, bronchitis, asthma, vomiting and diarrhea.
Sweet Marjoram (origanum marjorana); An excellent sedative, it is often used to treat loneliness and grief. It also relaxes muscle cramps, clears lungs in the case of bronchitis or asthma, and is an antioxidant.
Tea Tree (melaleuca alterrifolia), also known as melaleuca oil; This is a component used in many beauty products on the market today, basically for its astringent properties. In addition to being an antioxidant, it is also an antiseptic used for bacterial and fungal infections. Treatment uses include cuts, wounds and acne.
These are just a smattering of the many, many choices in essential oil treatments that you can add to your steam shower. Because there are hundreds on the market, you can be assured that there is at least one that will treat whatever you need to have treated. They all have one thing in common, though; because every aromatherapy oil adds that extra element to your steam shower that makes you wonder how you ever lived without it.
Article written by Andrew Ellis from www.steamshowersupply.co.uk steam shower and steam sauna experts