Benefits of Steam Bathing


Steam Bathing is a method of bathing where you stay in a steam filled room for 20-30 minutes. Anyone who has experienced this, say that it is relaxing and cleansing at the same time. But there is more to that. Steam Bathing has a lot of benefits too, physical and mental, even environmental. This method of bathing is very common in spas, gyms and country clubs. Normally it would be a good social interaction activity since all mentioned above are very public and you tend to share steam bathing with random people. That is good but isn’t it more comfortable when you steam bath all by yourself; in the comfort of your own home? There are companies that sell portable steam tent. If you are rich enough you could also have a built in steam bath in your bathroom. Either way steam bathing is really good for you, and here are the reasons why:

Steam bathing has been used for more than a thousand years. Hippocrates found that fever could cure many diseases, and steam baths and saunas have been producing ‘simulated’ fevers ever since that time and maybe even earlier than that. There are excellent healing attributes of both saunas and steam baths but the steam bath is especially good for respiratory troubles like bronchitis, asthma, and allergies the since it offers an elevated moisture content. The steam bath is also useful for cleaning and toning the skin surface. The increased volume of sweat that is induced by the steam bath and sauna leaves the skin soft and supple while the bathers are left feeling re-energized and recharged.

Steam bathing can give you clear and moisturized skin. As little as 20 minutes of steam per week can help improve your skin’s tone and clarity. Steam cleanses your skin and increases your perspiration, in turn getting rid of dead skin cells, bacteria and dirt that build up in the top layers of your skin. The result is a decrease in blackheads and other blemishes. A steam bath also softens hair and makes it easier to shave without risking razor burn.

Steam bathing is good for your respiratory system. A steam bath is excellent for respiratory ailments since steam can remove allergens and mucus from the lungs. Doctors have been advising that patients breathe steam for various respiratory problems for a long time now. The steam bath allows the user to inhale a larger concentration of steam than by using a vaporizer. This allows maximum benefits to those with breathing problems. Steam has a soothing quality for the breathing passages since it raises the moisture level in the lungs, throat and nose. People that suffer from the problems of asthma or the common cold will find they feel much better after indulging in a steam bath. No matter how good the sauna bath might feel by relieving symptoms it is not cure for respiratory diseases. The temporary benefits of relief from the symptoms are good enough that many sufferers go back to the steam bath again and again.

Steam bathing can be relaxing. Deep sleep is one of the best medicinal ways to heal the body. Our contemporary life is filled with daily stresses, and these stresses will build up over time and can induce stress linked illnesses such as high blood pressure and hypertension. Steam baths is an excellent method of unwinding and help relieve the daily stresses. The heat of the sauna allows the muscles to loosen up, and the steam makes available a comforting atmosphere for calming the mind. You will discover that a steam bath ahead of bedtime is an excellent method of promoting a deep restful sleep. You come out of the steam bath experiencing a relaxed and calm state. When you take a steam bath on a regular basis, you will reap remarkable benefits for your health and your state of mind.

Steam bathing is good for water conservation. Using less than 3 gallons of water for a typical session, steam units will also help you conserve water - a big deal most everywhere nowadays, especially in drought-afflicted areas where water use is carefully monitored. Even with the customary cold shower afterward (really more of a rinse), significant water savings can be had. Remember, though: you can't get something for nothing - energy use will go up, although a steam generator still uses less energy than typical tank-style water heaters.