Autumn is here! Can you feel it? Many of you across the country are getting the first peek at autumn's cool mornings, crisp air, and orange leaves. With the cooler temperatures, the hot tub is calling to us, and there's no reason not to take the hot tub experience and ramp it up a notch with a little aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is loosely defined as the art of using natural essences to promote the body's health. Many believe using aromatherapy in your hot tub can facilitate psychological, physiological, and spiritual health.
Implementing aromatherapy into your hot tub experience can enhance your mental and physical state. Advocates of aromatherapy have reported the experience alleviates stress; corrects skin irritations; battles depression; and curtails anxiety.
Aromatherapy can take place using a few methods, yet hot tubs use 'olfactory aromatherapy.' When inhaled, the brain's limbic system is stimulated. The nervous, endocrine, and immune systems can be influenced, which elicits bodily responses. Depending on the scent, particular body parts and areas can be stimulated or relaxed.
Different scents, different response
Using particular aromatherapy scents can elicit different responses in one's body. Here is a handy list taken from the Essortment Web site, three brief scents and effects:
- Vanilla scents can lower your stress levels and heart rate
- Peppermint, jasmine, and citrus can make you feel invigorated and recharged
- Green apple can help with headaches
Maybe explore the olfactory world a little and put together some scents for the season: pumpkin, spice, cedar, pine, cranberry, or apple.
About Aromatherapy - Source: NAHA.org
Aromatherapy Overview - Source: WebMD