Enhance Your Sauna Experience With Aromatherapy

You’ve seen essential oils in many forms over the years. They come in tiny bottles for topical use to blend into moisturizers or to add to bath water. Also, they’re sold in diffusers to brighten or calm the vibe in a room. Additionally, cleaning products sometimes incorporate them as a natural alternative to synthetic scents. However, one of our favorite ways to use them is to enhance our sauna experience with aromatherapy.

Enjoy the benefits essential oils impart by incorporating them into your sauna therapy sessions. To begin, add a few drops of your favorite oil to a small container or

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an aromatherapy cup. The oil will release its properties and scent as the heat intensifies, infusing your surroundings. Start with a small amount, and you can always add from there.

What Oils Are Good For Sauna Sessions?

There’s a huge variety of essential oils on the market, and each has its own beneficial properties. Do want to feel energized or relaxed? Are you looking to reduce inflammation, heal, or clear your sinuses? Learn about the options that will help with all of that and more!

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Here are some suggested essential oils to use for your sauna aromatherapy.

  • Cedarwood– This popular essential oil is often used to deodorize spaces and repel insects. Additionally, it helps improve concentration, ease tension, and promote better sleep. It can even prevent mildew!
  • Lavender– Lavender has a sweet, floral smell and has been widely used as a homeopathic remedy to help relieve stress and anxiety Also, it can heal minor burns and bug bites.
  • Lemon– This classic, citrusy oil is associated with freshness and cleanliness. Not surprisingly, it imparts many benefits including enhanced immune function, bacterial fighting, improved clarity, and much more.
  • Peppermint – This oil is often used in teas or as a topical for healing. As an aromatherapy addition, it can relax and soothe muscles, promote sweating, and help eliminate itching. Plus, much like eucalyptus oil, it has menthol properties. It can also help with headaches.
  • Orange – A more flowery citrus than lemon, orange can enhance circulation and reduce acne, and it’s antifungal as well. Orange oil tends to be very uplifting and energizing

Can I Combine Oils?

Once you experiment with the various oils in the sauna, you may find you enjoy more than one or two. Try using your favorites together! Here are some popular combinations:

  • Calming: Lavender & Bergamot, Orange & Frankincense, Marjoram & Chamomile
  • Energy: Peppermint & Orange, Cinnamon & Lemon, Orange & Peppermint
  • Focus: Cinnamon & French Basil, Juniper Berry & Wild Orange, Lime & Eucalyptus
  • Skin: Eucalyptus & Peppermint oil mix well with Tea Tree Oil

mixing oilsThere is no wrong combination. Experiment and create your own. Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference! Aromatherapy is a beneficial practice and can enhance your sauna therapy.

What Should I Consider When Buying Essential Oils?

So, what is essential to buying essential oils? There are a few tips on what to look for before you purchase. First, you want to ensure you get the best quality.  Additionally, you’ll want the most bang for your buck while infusing your infrared experience. Consider the following:

  • Pure vs Scented – Be sure you’re getting 100% essential oil, not a diluted version that smells like it’s combined with perfumes or other ingredients.
  • Organic – You want the most chemical-free, pesticide-free variety. And, no artificial ingredients should be listed.
  • Natural Extraction – Look for steam distilled or CO2 extraction, as these are some of the best processes used to produce oils.
  • Bottle Type – The best oils are stored in dark glass bottles, usually amber/brown or dark blue. This reduces exposure to harmful ultraviolet light that can cause degradation. Also, never buy oils stored in plastic bottles.

Overall, Health Mate encourages the use of essential oils to enhance your sauna experience because aromatherapy is a wonderful complement to infrared sessions. Before you make a sauna purchase, be sure to reach out to our sauna specialists or see our FAQ for additional information.

Why You’ll Sleep Better With Infrared Therapy

Sleep is the best anti-aging remedy money can’t buy. For some of us, it can be elusive. And like many things, you don’t appreciate a good night’s sleep until it’s gone. Or hard to attain. So, aside from sleeping pills, sleeping masks, weighted blankets, and a bit of meditating, what can help assure we get more Zzzzzs? Enter the infrared sauna. Literally, step inside for 20-30 minutes at night. Let the heat do its magic, and there’s a great chance you’ll sleep sounder with infrared therapy.

Why would something designed to relax and even detox you provide better sleep, you ask? We wondered the same. But first, we looked at what’s keeping us awake at night in the first place.

What’s The Last Thing You Drank?

A nightcap, a second glass of wine with dinner, or a midday jolt of caffeine to keep us powering through the day—whether we know it or not, each can be a sleep deterrent. The alcohol isn’t as obvious, since it seems to help us wind down and therefore should be followed by a better snooze. Caffeine is a little more obvious. But even if your last sip of coffee was midday, it can still keep you up into the wee hours of the night.

“The half-life of caffeine—i.e., the amount of time it takes for the body to process just half—is usually around five hours but can vary from one to as much as nine hours,” says Dr. Broderick, a neurologist and sleep specialist. This means if you drink a cup of coffee late afternoon or even after dinner, you may not get as much shuteye.

Alcohol, on the other hand, even though it’s a depressant, causes rebound alertness, affecting our REM sleep, leading to insomnia, or leaving you groggy when you do wake. Cut out alcohol in the evening, and you could improve your sleep.

What about a glass of warm milk? Drink milk before you go to bed, and this age-old remedy may actually help, assuming you’re not lactose-intolerant. Tryptophan, which is an amino acid, helps produce melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone in our bodies that signals sleep. So, milk might be a viable option to help you nod off.

However, maybe something else is keeping you up at night.

Step Away From The Devices

The electronic age has left many of us wanting that last scroll, chapter skim, or read-through of whatever it is we’re drawn to on our devices before our head hits the pillow. For some, it’s checking social media. For others, it’s a reading good book or answering your last few emails before the day ends. These are all common practices, however, the thing that’s deterring our sleep is the fact that it’s all happening on a screen.

According to the Sleep Foundation, “The blue light emitted by many devices disrupts the natural production of melatonin, a hormone that facilitates sleep and can throw off your circadian rhythm.” Blue light suppresses melatonin, so it makes sense that if you spend an hour or more before bedtime staring at a laptop, phone or tablet, your sleep will be disrupted. Additionally, the stimulating effect of a movie or email on your brain makes it harder to power down.

So, let’s say you stayed away from alcohol and caffeine, set aside your device hours ago, and snuggled in for a final wind down. What else might be distracting you?

Organize Your Thoughts

Have you ever stayed awake worrying about a presentation or test the next day, or replaying a conversation in your head from earlier? Or you finally climb between the sheets and there are swirls of tasks left undone. Now you’re stressing about where they’ll fit in during the week. Any of these can lead to hours of tossing and turning.

Often when it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day, we really just need to be better at prioritizing. It could be as easy as establishing a bedtime routine. Or, write a to-do list and set it aside for when you wake up.

A study was published several years ago by the Sleep Research Society that showed that de-cluttering your bedroom space improves sleep. Something simple as putting laundry away can reduce sleep anxiety. Getting more organized in the bedroom in general can eliminate distractions and add a sense of ease to your surroundings.

Sounds like sweet dreams can be attainable, right? Let’s talk about the easiest task of all, an infrared therapy session.

Why Infrared As A Bedtime Routine?

Infrared saunas provide an amazing amount of health benefits after just a short, 30-minute session. Used over time, they can help your body recover from pain, injury, reduce migraines and muscle strains, and even strengthen the immune system. We’re still learning one area, which is why you’ll sleep sounder with infrared therapy.

Here’s what we understand so far—

Shortly after entering your infrared sauna, you’ll begin to sweat, and your body will naturally begin to release tension. The intense heat spurs chemical changes, increasing the production of endorphins. These help calm and relax our bodies. In addition, hormones like cortisol, which triggers a flight or fight response and can be produced as a result of any stress, will balance out as the infrared seeps into your core.

Any soreness, pain, or muscle tightness you are experiencing, even if you’re not aware of it, will gradually disperse as a result of the high heat and sweating that occurs during an infrared session. The sauna works much like a good jog or workout, increasing your heart rate, but also providing a release so that you can more easily cool off and wind down.Sauna Detox Benefits - Health Mate Sauna blog article

Speaking of cooling off, as you near bedtime, your body goes through a change in temperature. Your core temperature decreases before bed, signaling the production of melatonin.  Once you leave the sauna, your body temperature will begin dropping and kickstart the sleep process. For that reason, it’s also helpful to reduce the temperature in your bedroom at night. This assists with the body’s naturally occurring thermoregulation that ensures a good night’s rest.

And Now You Know!

Spending time in an infrared sauna can be a wonderful way to help you beat insomnia, along with many other health problems. While it’s important to have a balanced lifestyle, there’s a reason why this centuries-old tradition has made a strong comeback. It’s one of the easiest, least invasive paths to well-being, without any side effects.

Contact Health Mate for more information on how to get started enjoying infrared therapy in the comfort of your own home.

The Difference Between Red Light & Infrared Light Therapy

Light therapy is an umbrella term that’s been batted around for a while, not always clearly defined. You’ve probably heard of it due to its booming popularity either from watching videos, word of mouth, or from advertisements for a variety of holistic and wellness products that have flooded the market. Under that umbrella fall various kinds of light therapy, including red light and infrared light therapy. In general, light therapy is ususally a type of healing modality.

Infrared saunas are one of those modalities. And before you buy one, you’ll want to have a clear idea of what to look for and what type of therapy each provides. First, let’s define what the terms mean and what each type of light provides.

What Is Light Therapy?

Light therapy, also called bright light therapy or phototherapy, is a natural healing method for certain conditions and issues within the human body. One type of light therapy is sun exposure or something that mimics that light, like a sun lamp. The second type is more controlled and comes from a fabricated heat source. This includes light panels, light wands, and more.

Much like plants that use the sun’s energy for photosynthesis, humans use the energy of sunlight, or similar types of light to create energy and use it as a sort of ‘healing fuel’. When skin is exposed to certain light it kickstarts chemical interactions within the body and causes positive changes including boosting circulation, healing wounds, and changing our overall mood.

Even though we can’t see what’s happening, there are many internal interactions occurring that are working hard to help heal and repair. Lack of sunlight in particular can cause a host of cognitive issues, cancers, and bone development issues to name a few.

So, let’s compare and contrast red light therapy and infrared light therapy.

Red Light Therapy vs Infrared Light Therapy

Red light therapy, often referred to as low-power laser therapy (LPLT), photobiomodulation (PBM), or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) can be explained, according to Cleveland Medical Clinic asa treatment that uses low wavelength red light to improve your skin’s appearance, such as reducing wrinklesscars, redness and acne. It’s also used to treat other medical conditions.” When it comes to red light therapy, one of the questions that people ask most is whether tanning booths are considered red light. Rest assured, it is not the same. Tanning booths emit UV rays that could damage the skin and the cells, while red light does not.

Medical professionals frequently offer red light therapy as a more homeopathic, less invasive, skin treatment at certain clinics. However, there are many products you can purchase that are easy and safe to use at home. Red light therapy is also referred to as near-infrared light. If your sauna comes with chromotherapy, you can benefit from red light, or near-infrared, in addition to mid- and far-infrared.

Infrared light waves, unlike red light, are invisible to the naked eye, but you can feel it. Infrared light therapy’s most natural source is the sun. However, you can gain the benefits of infrared  without risking sunburn or damage from UV rays. Health Mate saunas feature low-emf, nonharmful infrared.

Infrared light therapy is especially helpful if you experience acute or chronic pain, muscle issues and circulation problems. Because it penetrates deep below the skin layers, it provides a greater range of healing from the inside. The penetration ultimately increases blood flow, which helps to repair injuries or bodily trauma.

Let’s learn more about the benefits.

What Are The Main Benefits Of Each?

Although there is some overlap on what kinds of conditions and issues these two kinds of therapies treat, the differences are there, and depending on what your specific needs are, you can choose accordingly. If you’re unsure about what kind is best for you, consult a medical professional.

According to this graphic, we can see the differences of how red light therapy vs infrared sauna light affects the body, and how deep they go inside subcutaneously.

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Both red light therapy and infrared light therapy offer their fair share of health aids. While studies and clinical research are ongoing, evidence suggests the following benefits.

Red light benefits:

  • Decrease wrinkles
  • Help heal scars and wounds
  • Increase melatonin production
  • Enhance eye health
  • Reduce anxiety
  • And much more

Infrared light benefits:

The great news? Health Mate offers saunas that provide both red light and infrared, through its full-spectrum saunas. These offer the benefit of red light or chromotherapy via LED panels along with high-quality, lasting heaters that provide a dual-wave mid- and far-infrared.

But, what about safety?

Are There Risks Or Side Effects?

As with any type of procedure or treatment, complications can occur with overexposure or misuse. This applies to both red and infrared light therapy, even with regular use. Ultimately, you should always follow any medical or product guidelines to ensure you are exposing yourself within proper timelines, at safe temperatures, and are not prone to any particular medical reactions based on your existing health condition.

Since studies and findings are still being reported, we are continually updating any supportive claims and negative outcomes in order to ensure the safety of our customers and potential customers.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, light therapy is a safe, effective way to improve your health. If you make sure to follow the advice of your medical practitioner, health professional, or product guidelines, you should reap the many benefits it can provide.

Check out our large selection of saunas and take the next step to improve your health with infrared sauna therapy. Health Mate has been the industry leader in manufacturing award-winning saunas for over 40 years. Contact us today for information regarding our saunas, quotes, and how to order.