Aromatherapy offers a wide range of health benefits, including helping to reduce anxiety, enhance healing and aid better sleep. Hot tubs are also known for their positive impact when it comes to easing stress, minimising muscular aches and pains and improving general wellbeing. Combining aromatherapy with a hot tub experience can considerably enhance the range of benefits that you enjoy as a result.
Using aromatherapy in a hot tub
Aromatherapy is most often available as essential oils. However, it’s important to note that adding these straight into your hot tub is not a good idea. Dropping oil into the water in your hot tub will leave an unsightly film on the surface of the water and mean you might need to change it more often. Essential oils can also block filters and may do damage to the internal parts of the hot tub so that it requires more maintenance – or even replacement parts.
You may also find that essential oils change the PH balance in the hot tub, which may make sanitation difficult. So, essential oils are not the best idea for hot tubs. However, there are a range of options that have been specifically designed to help you combine aromatherapy with your hot tub for the best possible experience.
These will disperse in the water of the hot tub releasing the right fragrances but without blocking the filters or causing any damage to internal workings.
Using crystals means you can still create a wonderfully aromatic experience but you won’t be left with a film of oil – the crystals just dissolve leaving nothing behind.
Bath bombs for the hot tub
Many of us are familiar with bath bombs and these are also available for the hot tub, packed full of aromatherapy scents.
Some hot tub models have an aromatherapy system built into the design itself. Where that’s the case, the scent is usually dispersed via cartridges that release it into the air as opposed to the water.
If you’re looking for aromatherapy that doesn’t get released into the water, aromatherapy beads are ideal. They come with a dispenser that floats on the water, releasing the scent continuously without anything entering the water.
Aromatherapy – where to start
If you’re considering using any of these methods to start enjoying aromatherapy with your hot tub then these are some of the most common scents and their benefits.
- Lavender. It’s widely known that lavender can be a great stress reliever and can help to calm the mind. Studies have also shown it may reduce instances of insomnia.
- Rosemary. If you’re under physical or mental strain, rosemary can help to reduce the impact and enable you to find calm.
- Peppermint. The kick of peppermint is great for mental agility, improving memory and waking you up.
- Frankincense. This soothing scent is also well known for its effect on reducing anxiety, as well as inflammation and pain.