Since a Steamist Total Sense™ steam shower system makes it possible to create an “aroma spa” in your home, we thought it appropriate to touch on the age-old topic of aromatherapy. We turn to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) for this introduction…
“Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.
It was the French perfumer and chemist, Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, who coined the term “aromatherapie” in 1937 with his publication of a book by that name. His book “Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy” contains early clinical findings for utilizing essential oils for a range of physiological ailments. It seems vital to understand what Gattefosse’s intention for coining the word was, as he clearly meant to distinguish the medicinal application of essential oils from their perfumery applications.
So we can interpret his coining of the word “Aromatherapie” to mean the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing. As the practice of aromatherapy has progressed, over the years, it has adopted a more holistic approach encompassing the whole body, mind and spirit (energy).”
For more great information on aromatherapy, the NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) is a great resource.
Aromatherapy by Steamist
We make aromatherapy available to homeowners in two ways:
AromaSense™ is one of four Total Sense™ spa options available for our steam shower systems. The others are ChromaSense™, AudioSense™ and ShowerSense™.
AromaSense infuses the steam shower experience with 100% pure fragrant essential oils, added directly into the steam line, and holds two easily-replaceable 100 ml essential oil canisters allowing the user to choose his or her preferred scent without leaving the steam shower. This “two-scent” feature is a Steamist exclusive. Our AromaSense technology pumps just ¼ drop of pure undiluted oil at a time, so each canister lasts for months.
Steamist’s selection of essential oils is also available in smaller 10 ml bottles. These are intended for use in steam showers not equipped with AromaSense. Users can place just a few drops of oil into a small “well” built into the top of our 3199 Steamhead. While not as strong or consistent as AromaSense, this will create an enjoyable and therapeutic aromatherapy experience.
Steamist offers five different essential oils blends, each designed to achieve a specific result.
Restore, to refresh and rejuvenate the spirit. Essential oils: Orange California, pine needle, ho-oil, frankincense, patchouli, citrus labdanum, vetiver, cedarwood virginia.
Relax, to balance mood and clear the mind. Essential oils: Lavender, lavendin super, orange, geranium, cedarwood, marjoram, frankincense.
Renew, to comfort and revive the soul. Essential oils: Cedarwood Virginia, grapefruit, peru balsam, lavendin, lime, sweet basil, elemi, clary sage, angelica root.
Energize, to stimulate and empower the mind. Essential oils: Rosemary, lemongrass, orange, ginger root, red grapefruit, mandarin orange, cinnamon leaf.
Respiratory, to soothe the respiratory system. Essential oils: Sage, hyssop, eucalyptus globules, spruce needle, eucalyptus radiate, thyme, myrtle.