Fragrance is a powerful tool. It has the ability to calm us down, to wake us up, or to put us to sleep. It’s so closely tied to memory and emotions that it has the influence to render us happy or sad and affect us in a way that is unlike any other sense.
Using fragrance to manipulate mood can be great when used in conjunction with your spa. Hot tub aromatherapy is a simple way to get more out of your soaking time, whether you’re trying to ease sore muscles or relax before bed.
There are specific scents that trigger specific moods. With that in mind, you can add either essential oils or spa crystals to your tub in hopes of achieving that particular disposition. Here is a summarized rundown of some scents and their purpose as provided by Underground Health.
Chamomile, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang
Cedarwood, frankincense, lavender, marjoram, myrrh, orange, peach, rose
Bay laurel, jasmine, lavender, lemon, rosemary
Clary sage, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, orange, sandalwood, tangerine, ylang-ylang
Frankincense, jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood
Jasmine, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, ylang-ylang
Cinnamon, cardamom, camphor, clove basil, cypress, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, pine, sage, spiced apple
Relieve stress, nervous tension, and insomnia:
Chamomile, cloves, frankincense, lavender, lemon, myrrh, nutmeg, orange, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, violet, ylang-ylang
If you’re using essential oils, you want to add it straight to the water and not use a carrier oil which can gum up the pipes. If you have a smaller tub that only seats 3-4 people, add 6-8 drops of oil. If you have a larger seating capacity, add up to 10 drops straight to the water with the pump operating. Keep an extra eye on your chemistry levels after adding essential oils to your water. It may alter your pH.
The power of smell is also often boosted by touch. If you have someone in the tub with you who is willing to give you a massage, take advantage for added relaxation.
If you don’t have access to essential oils or want to use something that’s more spa-friendly, you can always buy spa crystals that are specially formulated for use in your hot tub. Therapy crystals come in formulas that specialize in muscular therapy, joint therapy, detox therapy, respiratory therapy, and stress relief. Follow the directions on the bottle to know how much or how little to add.
Therapy crystals and hot tub elixirs are great because they’re formulated specifically for hot tubs, baths, and spas. They won’t clog filters, motors, or get gummed up in your jets. It won’t foam, bubble, or be harsh on your acrylic. When you get spa specific aromatherapy crystals or gels, they also don’t affect your chemistry balance like your pH or sanitizer levels.
Whichever method you choose, hot tub aromatherapy can be incredibly relaxing and will help you to feel revitalized. If you’ve invested in a hot tub for you and your family, it’s worth noting all the amazing ways it can serve you. Adding a little aromatherapy into the mix can only help you use it more often.