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Aromatherapy for Hot Tubs – How to use without damaging your hot tub?

You’ve just gotten home after a long day – your muscles feel knotted from tension, you’re irritable, and feel completely stretched to the limit. A soak in the hot tub sounds like just what you need to relax and rejuvenate for the evening. If you want to elevate the experience even further, we recommend you try aromatherapy for hot tubs. To help you get started, we’re sharing what you need to know to get all the benefits of a fragrant spa without damaging your hot tub!

How to Use Hot Tub Aromatherapy Without Damaging Your Hot Tub?

What Is Hot Tub Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a natural, holistic treatment based on the idea that scent receptors in the nervous system activate certain areas of the brain and hypothalamus. Essential oils distilled from plant leaves, flowers, or tree bark are most frequently used, as research has shown that certain essential oils can offer health benefits either when inhaled or used topically.

While unable to cure illnesses, aromatherapy can ease symptoms and discomfort as well as improve well being. Most people use it for the following benefits: 

  • Reduce stress or anxiety
  • Ease tension
  • Soothe joint and muscle aches
  • Improve sleep 
  • Increase focus
  • Feel more energized or revived
  • Promote deep breathing 

Certain aromas trigger specific reactions in the brain to achieve specific benefits. For example, lavender is often used to reduce stress and improve sleep. Peppermint is used to energize and revive, and eucalyptus can soothe aches as well as open the airways. 

Can You Use Essential Oils in a Hot Tub?

So, if you want to try hot tub aromatherapy, should you add essential oils to your hot tub? Absolutely not. This is incredibly important for a few reasons. 

  1. Essential oils are very concentrated and strong. It takes 200 lbs of lavender flowers to distill one pound of lavender essential oil. 
  2. Just like any oil, like canola or olive, essential oils do not mix in water. Pouring them into the hot tub means you have a very powerful ingredient that’s floating on top of the water. When it gets on your skin undiluted, it could cause serious irritation.
  3. Oils can clog up the hot tub as they move through the filter, leading to expensive repairs. 

How to Enjoy Hot Tub Aromatherapy Safely

Fortunately, you can still enjoy the fragrant, soothing experience hot tub aromatherapy offers; you just need the right products. You need to look for products approved for hot tub use as these won’t clog your filter and they are considered skin safe. Typically, they will be in a water-soluble liquid, dissolving salts, or something similar to a bath bomb that will foam and fizz and create a lovely fragrance. Just make sure you use any product according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. 

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If you’re dreaming of spending evenings relaxing away tension and soothing stress, aches, or pain, we can help! Shop our selection of high quality hot tubs for sale in Raleigh today or for more information call us at 888-884-3742

About The Author:

Manny Brambila

Pool & Spa Expert

Manny has been in the Pool & Spa industry for over 15 years and is considered a pool, swim spa, & hot tub expert. He has been a Certified Pool & Spa Operator (CPO) since 2009 and worked 15 years in aquatic training and development for the largest pool chemical and customer care company. He also has been an outside consultant for the Pool and Spa industry in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles since 2018. In the past few years Manny has become Director of Operations for Epic Hot Tubs with a priority of providing customers with the most reliable information and best service possible.