The 10 most frequently asked questions about sauna infusions
The sauna is a place of relaxation and well-being, and the sauna infusion plays a central role in this. In this guide, we cover the most important questions about sauna infusions – from the best fragrances to health tips – to enrich and intensify your sauna experience.
1. What is a sauna infusion?
A sauna infusion is a ritual in the sauna in which water, often enriched with essential oils, is poured onto the hot sauna stones. This creates steam and intensifies the sauna experience by increasing the humidity and diffusing pleasant fragrances. The sauna infusion not only helps to improve the air quality, but also promotes the well-being and relaxation of sauna visitors. Depending on the fragrance used, it can also have various therapeutic effects, such as relieving respiratory problems or promoting mental relaxation.
2. Which fragrances are popular for sauna infusions?
Popular scents for sauna infusions are eucalyptus, lavender, mint, lemon and pine. These scents can have a relaxing, refreshing or invigorating effect. Each scent offers a unique experience; eucalyptus, for example, has a clarifying effect and can clear the airways, while lavender is known for its calming properties. In addition, scents can be adapted seasonally, e.g. citrus scents in summer for a refreshing atmosphere and warming scents such as pine in winter.
3. How often should an infusion be made during a sauna session?
The frequency of an infusion can vary, but as a rule an infusion is performed one to three times during a sauna session. This depends on personal preference and tolerance. It is advisable to take short breaks between infusions to give the body time to adjust. Experienced sauna-goers can also enjoy more frequent infusions, while beginners should get used to the experience with less intensive and less frequent infusions.
4. How much water should be used for an infusion?
As a rule, around 100 to 200 ml of water is used for an infusion. The amount can vary depending on the size of the sauna and the desired intensity of the steam. Too much water can make the air in the sauna too humid and make breathing difficult, while too little water may not be enough to have a noticeable effect. It is recommended to start with a smaller amount and gradually increase it to find the optimal balance for your individual sauna experience.
5. Are essential oils suitable for everyone?
Essential oils are not suitable for everyone. People with sensitive skin, pregnant women or people with certain health conditions should consult a doctor before use. In particular, people with respiratory conditions such as asthma should exercise caution as some essential oils can irritate the airways. It is also advisable to carry out a small skin test before using a new oil for the first time to rule out allergic reactions.
6. Can a sauna infusion also be carried out without essential oils?
Yes, a sauna infusion can also be made without the addition of essential oils. Pouring pure water onto the hot stones also produces a soothing steam. An infusion using only water is particularly suitable for people who are sensitive to fragrances or essential oils. This method also offers a natural sauna experience, where the pure steam increases the humidity and ensures deeper breathing.
7. How is the infusion water prepared?
The infusion water is prepared by mixing water with a few drops of the chosen essential oil. It is important to mix the oil well before pouring it onto the hot stones. The quantity of essential oils should be carefully dosed in order to achieve a pleasant and not too intrusive fragrance intensity. The infusion water can also be enriched with herbs or special sauna fragrances to personalize the experience.
8. Are there safety instructions for sauna infusions?
Yes, it is important not to stand directly over the hot stones during the infusion to avoid burns from the hot steam. You should also make sure that the sauna room is well ventilated beforehand. In addition, it is advisable to take a step back when pouring out the water to protect yourself from the rising steam, which can be particularly hot and intense.
9. Can anyone make a sauna infusion?
Basically yes, but beginners should proceed with caution and familiarize themselves with the basics. People with cardiovascular diseases or other health complaints should seek medical advice beforehand. For sauna beginners, it is advisable to first take part in sauna infusions under the guidance of an experienced sauna master in order to learn the correct technique.
10. What effect does a sauna infusion have on health?
A sauna infusion can promote blood circulation, open the airways, cleanse the skin and help you relax. However, it is important to pay attention to individual tolerance and to avoid overheating. In addition, regular sauna sessions with infusions can strengthen the immune system and reduce stress by promoting deep relaxation and stimulating the release of feel-good hormones such as endorphins. It is also known that the heat and humidity of the sauna infusion can help to relieve muscle tension and speed up recovery after physical exertion.
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