In this article, we will explore 9 wood fire sauna products that you need to enhance your sauna experience and maximize the benefits of sauna therapy.
1. Sauna Stones
Sauna stones are an important component of a wood fire sauna, as they are used to store and distribute heat. It is crucial to use sauna stones that are specifically designed for sauna use, as regular stones may contain impurities or chemicals that can release harmful fumes when heated.
Using the correct sauna stones can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. There are many different types of sauna stones available, ranging from traditional lava stones to more specialized stones such as soapstone or basalt. Choose the type of sauna stones that best meet your needs and preferences.
2. Bucket and Ladles
A bucket and ladles are essential for adding water to the sauna stones to create steam. It is important to use a bucket and ladles that are sturdy and able to withstand the high heat of the sauna.
One option is the Harvia Deluxe Accessory Kit, which is made of durable stainless steel and includes a bucket, a ladle, and an easy-to-read thermometer/hygrometer. Other options include wooden buckets and ladle sets, like the Almost Heaven Bucket, Ladle, & Thermometer Package and the Saunacose Bucket and Ladle Sauna Accessory, which can add a rustic touch to your sauna decor.
3. Sauna Brushes, Scrubbers, and Whisks (Vihtas)
Sauna brushes, scrubbers, and whisks, also known as vihtas, are used to stimulate circulation and exfoliate the skin during sauna use. These tools can be made of various materials, such as wood, fibers, or plant materials.
You can purchase vihtas from sauna supply stores, or you can even make your own using natural materials such as birch branches or juniper twigs. When choosing a vihta, consider the material and handle length that will be most comfortable and effective for you.
4. Sauna Hat
A sauna hat can help to keep your head and ears warm during sauna use, which can help to improve your overall comfort. It can also help to prevent heat loss from the head, allowing you to stay in the sauna longer.
My Sauna World offers a variety of sauna hats like the Auroom Sauna Hat, which is made of soft, comfortable linen and cotton material.
5. Backrest and Leglifts
A backrest and leglifts can help to improve your comfort and relaxation during sauna use by providing support for your back and legs.
Here at My Sauna World, we offer a variety of backrests and leglifts, including the Almost Heaven Cedar Sauna Backrest, which is made of durable cedar wood and has a comfortable, contoured design. Other options include adjustable backrests that can be customized to your preferred angle or leglifts that can be used to elevate your legs for improved circulation.
Seat cushions can help to improve your comfort and relaxation during sauna use by providing a soft and supportive surface to sit on. There are many different types of seat cushions available, including ones made of foam, gel, or memory foam.
In addition, some seat cushions are specifically designed for use in saunas and are made of moisture-resistant materials to prevent damage from sweat. Likewise, you can simply fold up a towel or two to make your own DIY sauna seat cushion!
6. Thermometers, Hygrometers and Timers
A thermometer and hygrometer (which are often combined into one easy-to-read-tool) can help you to monitor the temperature and humidity level in the sauna, while a timer can help you to keep track of how long you have been in the sauna. This information can help ensure that your sauna sessions are safe and enjoyable, as you can use it to gauge your tolerance and determine the optimal length of time for your sessions.
There are many different options available for thermometers, hygrometers, and timers, so you can choose the one that’s best for you.
7. Aromatherapy Oils
Aromatherapy oils can be used in the sauna to enhance the overall experience and provide additional benefits. For example, eucalyptus oil is often used in sauna therapy due to its decongestant and respiratory-supportive properties. Other popular oils for sauna use include peppermint, lavender, and pine.
How to Use a Wood Fire Sauna
Using a sauna is a simple process that can provide numerous health and wellness benefits. Here are some steps to follow when using a sauna:
Before using the sauna, it is important to prepare yourself and the sauna for the session. This includes showering or cleaning yourself to remove any dirt or sweat from your skin and ensure that the sauna is clean and ready for use.
Set the temperature
When it comes to setting the temperature for a wood fire sauna session, you will first need to pre-heat it by making a fire in the sauna stove, and then allowing at least 30 - 45 minutes for the interior to reach your preferred temperature. If you have a thermometer, you’ll be able see when it has reached the perfect temperature. The optimal temperature for a sauna will vary depending on personal preference and tolerance, but a good starting point is around 150-180 degrees Fahrenheit.
When it comes to saunas that are powered by electric stoves, you’ll be able to use the thermostat to adjust the heat to your desired level. It is important to start with a lower temperature and gradually increase the heat as you become more comfortable.
Once you are ready to use the sauna, find a comfortable spot to sit or lie down. You can use a towel or cushion to make yourself more comfortable, if desired.
Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes that are not too tight or restrictive. It is also a good idea to remove any jewelry or watches, as these can become uncomfortable or even dangerous in the heat of the sauna.
It is essential to stay hydrated while using the sauna, as the heat can cause you to sweat and lose fluids. Keep a bottle of water with you in the sauna and take sips as needed. It is also a good idea to drink plenty of water before and after your sauna session to help replenish any fluids that were lost.
Make some steam and relax
The key to a good sauna experience is to relax and let the heat work its magic. Once the stove and sauna stones are warm, you can ladle water onto the sauna stones to create steam. Take deep breaths and try to clear your mind as you enjoy the heat and steam. You can also try closing your eyes and focusing on your breath or listening to calming music to enhance your relaxation.
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It is important to use high-quality, pure essential oils in the sauna to ensure the best results and to avoid any adverse effects. You can use an essential oil diffuser or simply add a few drops of oil to a bucket of water and then pour or splash the scented water over the hot sauna rocks to enjoy th benefits of aromatherapy steam.
8. Himalayan Salt Panel
A Himalayan salt panel is a decorative panel made of natural Himalayan salt crystals. These panels can be used in the sauna to provide a soothing and relaxing atmosphere and help purify the air.
The natural negative ions in the Himalayan salt are thought to help neutralize positive ions in the air, which can help to improve air quality and promote a sense of calm and well-being. Bathology offers a variety of Himalayan salt panels, such as the Bathology Himalayan Salt Panel, which is made of natural salt crystals and is designed to fit seamlessly into any sauna decor.
Limit your time
Limiting your time in the sauna is vital to prevent overheating or dehydration. A good rule of thumb is to start with short sessions of 10-15 minutes and gradually increase the time as you become more comfortable. Most people find that 20-30 minutes is a good amount of time for a sauna session.
Exit the sauna
When you are ready to leave the sauna, take a few deep breaths and slowly exit the sauna. It is a good idea to cool down gradually by sitting or standing in a cooler area for a few minutes before showering or jumping into a cold pool.
Avoid exposing yourself to extreme temperature changes, such as jumping into a cold shower or pool immediately after leaving the sauna. This can cause your blood vessels to constrict and potentially lead to dizziness or fainting.
After resting for a few minutes, head to the shower to rinse off any sweat and cool down your body. Use lukewarm water rather than cold water to avoid shocking your system.
Take a rest
Take some time to relax after your sauna session. This can help to prolong the benefits of the sauna and allow you to unwind fully. You may find it helpful to do some light stretching or meditation or to simply sit or lie down and rest.
Wrapping it Up
Overall, these 9 wood fire sauna products can help you to make the most of your sauna experience by enhancing your comfort, relaxation, and overall enjoyment. Choose the products that best meet your needs and preferences to create a personalized and enjoyable sauna experience.