Thai Herbal Steam Sauna

Rising Sun Holistic Center Steam Sauna

Benefits of herbal steam sauna:

Helps the skin
-acne cases
-opens the pores
-cleanses the toxins
-makes the skin soft and smooth
-tones and improves the texture of the skin

Helps in cleaning the respiratory system
-clears the nasal passage and throat
-helps with breathing problems

Ideal for removing the toxins from the body, which
-tones the skin
-it improves the texture of skin
-increases glow of skin
-beautifies a person

It has a calming effect
-helps in relaxing the person both physically and mentally.

½ hour Session – $20.00
Package of 6 Sessions – $100.00
Package of 12 Sessions – $180.00
$15 when added to any other service at Rising Sun Holistic Choices.

Cindy Hammond Reutter

Steam baths are not for everyone

1. People with known heart conditions or those women who are pregnant should not take an herbal steam bath, as essential oils are very powerful and they may cause them a problem while inhaled and or absorbed.

2. Drink plenty of water before and after, as a steam sauna causes a lot sweating and could result in dehydration.

3. Although these herbs and oils are natural, but sometimes people are allergic to some things, even with the natural things, so before using herbs and oils, consult the physician or herbal or aroma therapist. Use the appropriate herbs in the steam bath recommended for your skin type, which could result in a better and beneficial way.

4. In steam bath, as the body is subjected to a high temperature so the heartbeat reaches to about 140 beats per minute. Therefore, pregnant women, persons having heart or blood pressure problems or elderly people should not take this bath because it may cause some severe problems in them.

Thai Herbal Steam Sauna History
Exotic Aromas combined with steam heat create a penetrating therapeutic mist that helps to sooth the body and aids in the ability for the body to heal itself.
Steam Sauna’s have been around for centuries and utilized by many cultures.  The American Indian’s form of a steam sauna is the sweat lodges, Mexico and Central America used a similar system as a sweet lodge but call it temazcal, and many Europian countries utilize Sauna’s on a regular basis, in Finland almost every home has a built in sauna.
Documented records show that Thai Herbal practitioners have been using therapeutic steam saunas since as early as the mid 1700’s, and more likely prior to the documented records.    Thai Herbal Steam Sauna’s can be based on classic Ayurveda or folklore practices from rural communities based on the plants from the community. The folkloric practices are rarely written and survive by oral communication and instruction from generation to generation.  This makes me think of current day family food recipes and wellness rituals that have been passed down for generations.
Thai herbal steam saunas are located in many healing centers and beauty spa’s since the steam helps provide moisture to the skin allowing oils and vapors to be more easily absorbed.  The scented aromas soothe and relax the body as well as penetrating through absorption and inhalation to help the body return to a state of healing itself by balancing the four Ayurvedic elements of: earth, wind, fire and water.  Thai Herbal Steam Sauna’s also helps to detoxify the body.  Body temperature rises, blood vessels expand coming closer to the skin surface, perspiration begins to flow from the pores, carrying excessive chemical substances from the blood, such as sodium and potassium, as well as toxins and other impurities lodged into the tissue and skin.
Thai Herbal Steam Sauna’s can use just one ingredient of a combination of several ingredients depending on the needs.

Many herbs that are used in sauna treatments may be classified into five types:
1. Volatile oils:
• Possess a sublime aroma
• Relax emotions and lift the spirit
• Stimulate peripheral circulation
• Soothe skin conditions
• Relieve nasal and respiratory conditions.
Jasmine, lotus, turmeric, camphor, eucalyptus leaf, lemongrass, kaffir lime and ylang ylang
are in this category, these aromatic herbs are often calmative and diffuse into the heart.

2. Mildly acidic  (herbs with a sour taste):
• antibacterial and cleansing properties
• Relieves chest congestion
• strengthening respiratory function
• heals many skin diseases
Kaffir lime, lemongrass and tamarind, are a part of this group.

3. Curative herbs (Herbs with a hot taste and nature):
• dispatch heat to allow other herbs to penetrate into deeper levels of the body
• used for specific ailments
• anti-inflammatory
Hot herbs include cassumunar ginger, ginger, turmeric and eucalyptus.

4. Sweet Scents(Herbs with a calmative nature):
• calm aggravated emotions
• bring a sense of peace
• relax and release tension
Jasmine is a sweet calmative herb.

5. Herbs indigenous to the local area of the sauna
• phak naam (Lasia spinosa, stem) for measles and fever accompanied by rash
• soap berry fruit (prar karm dee khwai, Sapindus emarginatus) for seborrhoea and fungal infections
• castor oil plant leaves for infected wounds
• chingchee (Capparis micracantha, stem and leaf) for bronchitis and infected skin diseases
Many indigenous rural herbs have no formal classifications and are used purely because they have been found to be effective.
DO NOT ENTER the herbal sauna if the following applies:
• during pregnancy
• fever or other bacterial infection
• hypo or hypertension
• heart disease
• not recommended for hot body conditions or for those with fiery temperaments (excess fire element).

After your sauna, rub your body dry with a towel then sit and relax for a while. Be sure to drink plenty of water (but not chilled) afterwards.

Popular Herbs used in Sauna Blends:

Acacia Concinna (Sompa)
Relieves tooth and mouth aches

Ginger has a stimulating and warming effect, relieves wind and cold conditions including abdominal discomfort, nausea and painful and irregular menstruation, and balances the four elements. Also used to treat contusions, general body aches and discomfort, as well to improve circulation. Has a powerful effect especially at the beginning of the common cold. As a skin herb, it relieves fungal conditions, infections, pimples and acne.
Tumeric (Khamin chan, Curcuma longa) Sauna applications: Reduces inflammation and is effective for insect bites, wound healing and skin diseases (being astringent and antibacterial). Strengthens the digestion and so eases indigestion and gastro-intestinal complaints.
Galangal (Khaa, Alpinia Galanga) Sauna applications: Promotes circulation, speeds healing of contusions and treats skin diseases. An essential herb to treat early stage common cold. Used both in herbal saunas and in herbal compresses for moving blood, healing bruises, curing skin diseases including acne, and for flushing out toxins. Mr Doi said it was an excellent sauna herb to stimulate the digestion and rectify bloating, nausea and diarrhoea
Cassumunar Ginger (Plai, Zingiber Cassumunar) Sauna applications: This rhizome relieves tight, stiff muscles, assists wound healing and benefits menstrual discomfort, joint sprains, inflammation and skin diseases as well as being an effective insect repellent. Like common ginger, it is also used as an antiseptic for wounds, cuts, and skin infections. After childbirth, women traditionally drink cassumunar ginger tea for one month to move wind from the abdomen. An important herb in the Thai herbal compress to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Used postpartum for dry steaming.
Kaffir Lime (Ma krut, Citrus hystix) Sauna applications: Penetrates to alleviate headache and dizziness. Inhaled to treat colds, congestion, and cough. Taken internally, it stimulates the digestion to alleviate flatulence and indigestion. It is used to promote regularity in the case of blocked or infrequent menstruation. It is well known as a blood purifier, as an antioxidant with cancer-preventing properties, and is used to treat high blood pressure. When fresh leaves are unavailable, they can be bought and kept active by freezing in an airtight bag. Mr Shan adds the peel to the sauna as a heart and digestive tonic. A principal herb in the herbal compress. If unavailable it can be swapped for regular lime.
Eucalyptus (In yu kha, Eucalyptus globulus) 5 Sauna applications: Often used in herbal steams to relieve respiratory conditions by opening the breathing passages, clears the sinuses, decongests the lungs and relieves cough (anti-viral), and for sprains, bruises, and sore muscles (anti-spasmodic effects).
Camphor (Ga ra boon, Cinnamonum camphora) Sauna applications: A strong decongestant, it is inhaled to treat colds, clear blocked sinuses and relieves congestion, sore throat, cough, sinusitis, and bronchitis by opening the breathing passages. Use the crystals sparingly as they can be overpowering. Mr Shan and Mr Doi spoke of camphor being beneficial for menstrual irregularity and its effectiveness in treating fevers, arthritis, softtissue injuries, pain, and cuts and lacerations, as well as being soothing for bites and stings.
Menthol crystals (Pimsen, Mentha crystals, Hexahtdrothymol-1) Sauna applications: With a fragrance similar to camphor, it is often used in herbal saunas and inhalations. It is effective for common cold and flu symptoms, including nasal stuffiness and congestive coughs. Also used for muscle aches and sprains.
Tamarind (Ma Khaam, Tamaridus indica) Sauna applications: Calming, wound healing,  treats skin lesions, eczema, boils, ulcers, sores and infected wounds (antiseptic qualities), relieves pain and swelling and arthritis. Used also as a general tonic and helps other herbs penetrate into the body.
Pandanus (Toei, Pandanas tectorius) Sauna applications: The long narrow leaves have a wonderful fragrance which imparts a calmative effect. Used as a tonic for the heart, the blood and the digestive system. Characteristic: Sweet, cooling Part used: Leaf. After relaxing and absorbing the vapours for 15 to 20 minutes, the same herbal infusion can be poured over the hair and body before drying off. The benefits of herbs transformed into the subtle medium of steam have five principal rewards.