A steam room can improve your health in several ways…even before you add the Eucalyptus!
Sitting in a steam room might significantly improve your cardiovascular health. A study of older individuals showed that moist heat improved circulation, especially in extremities. Improved circulation can lead to lowered blood pressure and a healthier heart. It can also promote healing of broken skin tissue.
Lowers blood pressure
Research shows that in a steam room, some people’s bodies release hormones that change their heart rate. One of these hormones, called aldosterone, regulates your blood pressure. When aldosterone is released from sitting in the steam room, it can help lower high blood pressure. This is part of the reason that the steam room makes you feel relaxed.
Being in the steam room can also decrease your body’s production of cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone that regulates the level of stress that you feel. When your cortisol levels drop, you feel more in control and relaxed. Spending a few minutes in a relaxed state not only improves your health, but also helps heal your mind and improve your focus.
Steam rooms create an environment that warms the mucous membrane and encourages deep breathing. As a result, using one can help break up congestion inside your sinuses and lungs.
Do not use a stream room if you have a fever.
Promotes skin health
Through environmental exposure, all sorts of toxins can become trapped underneath your skin. Steam rooms help solve that problem by using heat to open your pores. The warm condensation rinses away the dirt and dead skin that can lead to breakouts. As a result, you may have clearer and more even-toned skin.
Aids in workout recovery
The pain you feel after working out is called delayed onset muscles soreness (DOMS). Heat can penetrate deep into muscle tissue and help relieve DOMS. A recent study showed that moist heat works as effectively and more quickly than dry heat in muscle recovery.
Loosens stiff joints
Warming up before a workout is critical in avoiding injury. Using a steam room as part of your warm-up could help you reach maximum mobility during activities such as running, Pilates, and yoga.
When you’re in the steam room, your heart rate increases. When used correctly, experts note that steam rooms stimulate your body in ways that typical exercise does not.
Sweating it out in the steam room isn’t a tool to lose weight quickly but can help your diet and exercise routine be more effective. Any weight you lose in the steam room is water weight, and you’ll need to replace it by drinking water to avoid dehydration.
Boosts the immune system
Different forms of hydrotherapy are known to boost immunity, and steam rooms are no exception. Exposing your body to warm water stimulates leukocytes, which are cells that fight infection. Using steam rooms regularly will give your bloodstream an immunity boost that could lead to you getting sick less often.
Eucalyptus oil is widely used in steam rooms and baths worldwide and provides the following benefits:
- Stimulating – removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness and rejuvenates. It is also effective in treating stress and mental disorders
- Relaxes muscles – helps eliminate lactic acid build up and eases muscle tension and pain
- Aids in sleep & deep relaxation of the body & mind
- Aids in the decrease of asthmatic conditions, removes mucus, and toxins from the lungs
- Opens nasal pathways and dilates airways for deeper breathing.
- Opens skin and pores flushing out dirt and toxins that pollute your skin
- Hydrates your skin, reducing signing of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves immune system
Eucalyptus oil is known for it’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic and stimulating properties. Plus, it smells good!