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Spa Scents and Aromatherapy

Hot Tub Spa Scents have always been a very popular aftermarket accessory item among tub owners. If you are unfamiliar with Spa Scents, or you have never been in a "scented tub", then you are really missing out.

Basically Spa Scents lightly scent the spa water by adding about a half an ounce of a specially scented liquid to the water. Spa Scents are specifically designed to be used in hot tub applications and will not alter water chemistry or cloud the water. The scent usually lasts about 20 minutes, depending on how much you put in.

Spa Scents were made popular in the mid-eighties by a company called Yudachi Spa Scents. In fact we sold this line of Scents for years. Unfortunately Yudachi went out of business and has left a real whole in the hot tub Scent market.

A new company, Insparation, has taken up where Yudachi left off. They offer the same Scents that Yudachi did as well as adding a number of new fragrances. Some of the scents included in their extensive catalog are Honeysuckle, Country Herbal, Polynesian Paradise, April Showers, Forest Breeze, Peach, Hawaiian Sunset, Gardenia, Rain, Jasmine, Cherry Blossom and many. many more. As well as offering an assorted "sampler" pack that contains samples of many of the most popular Scents.

Using any of these Scents in your hot tub not only produces a more pleasing odor than your tub normally has, but may actually be able to help you with various health problems !

While aromatherapy used to be relegated to the halls of pure quackery, it is now considered a science and has spawned a multi-billion dollar "scent" industry. Aromatherapy is the use of plant essences, extracted from leaves, flower petals, roots, bark, buds or seeds, to promote health and well being. For example, Tea Tree treats bug bites, Eucalyptus helps colds and Jasmine alleviates anxiety.

Think about Lavender, Peppermint or Lemon. Images come quickly and clearly to mind and somehow evoke not only a visual picture of the plant and its Scent, but a mood and maybe a memory as well. The practice of aromatherapy itself is a science that uses extracts from plant material therapeutically, but with growing use in the last five years, the term has evolved and is now recognized as the use of fragrances in general. Because of its positive effects on physical and mental health, aromatherapy is naturally becoming a mainstay on the menus of spas and health clubs.

Fragrances can have a profound influence on our mood, and our reactions to them are spontaneous and involuntary. They have healing capabilities and affect the entire wellness of the body, mind and spirit. In an actual aromatherapy session, the fragrances can be applied by a few different methods. One of the most common is massage, which helps the fragrant oil extracts to penetrate the skin and directs them where they are needed most. Another popular method is the actual inhalation of the fragrance, which is particularly helpful in treating lung problems, colds, coughs and the flu. Aromatic diffusers are also employed which disperse a mist of scent into the air.

As you can probably figure out, the use of fragrant Scents in a hot tub is almost the perfect environment to achieve many of the relaxing benefits of aromatherapy ! As well as covering up unpleasant chemical odors that may be present in your spa, Scents tend to relax the spirit, while bringing back pleasant memories of the past. Combined with the hydro therapy of the swirling water, the addition of Spa Scents will complete your overall pleasurable experience and make hot tubbing even more fun!

To aid in your selection of the right Scent or fragrant oils, here is a handy list of ailments and the Scent that may help:

Anxiety - jasmine, lavender
Brain Stimulant - rosemary, juniper, sage
Bruises - lavender, chamomile
Burns - lavender, geranium
Cold or Flu - eucalyptus, pine fir
Depression - rose, basil, geranium
Insomnia - tangerine, basil, lavender
Migraine - peppermint, basil
Muscular Pain - rosemary, lavender, nutmeg
Sedative - juniper, bergamot
Stress - fir, spruce, pine, clary, rose - jasmine, lavender
Brain Stimulant - rosemary, juniper, sage
Bruises - lavender, chamomile
Burns - lavender, geranium
Cold or Flu - eucalyptus, pine fir
Depression - rose, basil, geranium
Insomnia - tangerine, basil, lavender
Migraine - peppermint, basil
Muscular Pain - rosemary, lavender, nutmeg
Sedative - juniper, bergamot
Stress - fir, spruce, pine, clary, rose

 

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