The most sought after enhancements in the hot tub industry have little to do with bubbling jets or water features. Instead, they appeal to our basic need for soothing visual and olfactory comfort. From light shows to music, the biggest trend surfacing at home shows across Canada is hot tub aromatherapy.
For thousands of years, people have been using plant and flower oils to soothe and treat various ailments. The positive power of scent can influence and improve mental acuity, energy levels, and boost ones mood. It makes sense to enhance your therapeutic soaking with hot tub aromatherapy.
Essential oils, often called aromatherapy oils, are highly concentrated essences derived from roots, bark, leaves, flowers and other portions of plants. Essential oils should not be applied directly to your skin, unless distilled in carrier oils. If you would like to use essential oils in your hot tub, there are several recommended practices.
Branded Hot Tub Aromatherapy Products
Hot tub manufacturers are bottling their own bubble or essential oil based products. While more expensive than making your own hot tub aromatherapy treatments, they do appeal hot tub lovers seeking a quick solution.
Pure Essential Oil
Shake 3-5 drops of a pure essential oil into your hot tub water. This small quantity will go a long way in opening up your senses.
Hot Tub Aromatherapy Treatment
Create your own signature hot tub aromatherapy treatment by combining various pure essential oils in carrier oil. Suggested practice is five drops of essential oil for every five teaspoons of carrier oil.
Energy – Peppermint (strong) and Spearmint (mild) have a unique stimulant nature, coupled with a calming and nerve soothing action. Peppermint can be blended with rosemary and spearmint for a huge energy boost. Whereas spearmint can be blended with rosemary to fight fatigue while strengthening your nervous system.
Happy – Grapefruit is regarded as the skin purifier and spiritual up-lifter. It is used by athletes to ease muscle pain and fatigue. Grapefruit essential oil is commonly mixed with Bergamot, thanks to its stress reliving properties. Other scents known to produce a happy, joyous feeling are: Rose, Coriander, Jasmin, Cloves, Cinnamon, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon and Frakincense.
Sensual – Vanilla Oleoresin is considered the prize sensual aphrodisiac. Renowned for its relaxing and comforting aroma, it remains one of the most popular scents.
Cold & Flu Buster – Eucalyptus is known for its treatment of skin ailments (wounds, burns, insect bites, blisters), along with a natural ability to combat the common cold and flu. There are numerous varieties of eucalyptus, some more potent in scent than others.
Essential oils can lift your mood, calm you down or energize your entire body. Whether you are planning a romantic evening in the hot tub, or want to recharge after a stressful day at work, there is a scent to suit every mood. Make your next hot tub experience one to remember.
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