A visit to the sauna is a very satisfying and enjoyable experience, as long as the rules of the steam room are followed and the accessories used are made of high quality materials.
In this article we look at two types of sauna accessories. The first are those that a person wears on his body. The second is the accessories used in the sauna room.
A sauna hat is an important sauna accessory, as it protects our skin and hair from damage caused by the hot steam released during a sauna session. Wearing a sauna hat is not mandatory, but it is recommended because it is safer not only for the scalp, but also protects against heat stroke.
There are many types of sauna hats to choose from, from traditional hats made of cotton to more expensive hats made of sheep’s wool or linen. These caps may have additional features, such as tying at the back to help secure them and prevent them from slipping off while in the sauna, and are usually called a “turban.”
Prices of high-quality sauna hats vary depending on the type and material they are made of. However, you can usually get them in the price range of $10 to $30 apiece. A good cap with a price/quality ratio will cost about $10-15. Cheap caps deteriorate quickly and often cannot be washed.
Kilt and towel in the sauna
A second, but no less important sauna accessory for both men and women is a bath towel or kilt.
A sauna and bath kilt is a piece of natural fabric that is wrapped around the body and fastened securely with clips. It serves an aesthetic and hygienic function, is a bathing garment and protects the intimate areas on the body of men and women during treatments. Women’s kilts are longer to cover the upper body.
In principle, a kilt is the same as a classic towel, but more comfortable to use. It stays more securely on the body and does not fall off like a towel. It also protects the skin in case of contact with the benches in a public sauna.
You can save the purchase of a kilt by sewing a Velcro strip to the towel.
Sauna towels and kilts should be made of natural materials, such as cotton, linen or bamboo fiber.
The average cost of a good quality towel is $20. A good kilt will cost about $35.
Whisks (whisks) are used in saunas for massage or, in other words, for flogging. The whipping in the sauna has a positive effect on blood circulation in the body and helps open the pores of the skin. Biologically active substances contained in organic whisks have an additional therapeutic and aromatherapeutic effect. The whisks are made of wood, especially birch wood. To enhance their healing properties, birch twigs can be combined with eucalyptus or birch twigs with mint. They can also be made from other types of wood – oak, eucalyptus, bamboo and other twigs. The average price of whisks ranges from $30 to $40 apiece, depending on the species and size of the twigs.
The whisk brewer is a wooden bucket with handles. Its dimensions allow for complete immersion of whisks in hot water to maximize their softening and extract their fragrance. They come in a version with or without a lid. The lid helps to brew the broom better, retaining the heat in the bucket.
The problem with cheap zaparnikovs is that they start leaking. Since the bucket is made of wood, it needs proper maintenance. You can choose a whisk steamer bucket that has a metal inner liner, an accessory that will last for many years.
Inexpensive steamers cost from $80 and up. A good premium oak steamer costs about $150-200.
Sauna bulbs and ladles
Bulbs and ladles are used to pour water over the stones in the sauna stove to generate steam. Wooden and aluminum buckets and spoons of various sizes and shapes are available in online stores. On average, prices range from $50 to $100, depending on the model, size and material used.
Wooden buckets have a plastic insert into which water is poured. Aluminum buckets, complete with an aluminum spoon and wooden handle, look great and serve a very long time.
Sauna shower buckets
Sauna shower buckets are used for pouring cold water after using the sauna. The bucket has a special attachment to the wall and a string, which a person pulls and receives a portion of icy freshness. An ordinary bucket can also be used for this purpose.
The humidifier is used to increase the humidity in the sauna. When you use it, the increased humidity in the sauna will last longer than if you pour water over the stones in the stove. Humidifiers have a sort of cavity/tank into which you pour water, and it gradually evaporates due to the high temperature in the sauna. The humidifier is made of stone or stone and metal.
Sauna floor mats
Sauna mats are special mats that are placed on the sauna floor and benches. They are usually made of wood and are designed to provide sauna-goers with a comfortable and safe place to sit and lie down.
A floor mat, which can be placed on the bench, can help you relax in the sauna. It will ensure both hygiene and good ventilation of the space between your body and the sauna bench, preventing overheating. The mat can also be used on the floor to solve the problem of slippery floors in the room.
A floor mat made of wood can cost from about $30 to about $120, depending on the type of wood it is made of.
Sauna headrests are designed for lying on a sauna bench and protect the head from overheating and the neck from strain. Sauna headrests are made of wood for durability and strength. In online stores you can find floor mats and headrests made of the same type of wood and place them on the benches in your sauna, it will look beautiful and practical.
Prices for sauna headrests vary greatly depending on the model and manufacturer. As a rule, prices start at $20.
Hygrometers and thermometers for saunas
Sauna hygrometers and thermometers are devices used in every sauna room to control temperature and humidity. They are needed to ensure optimal conditions for sauna use and the safety of visitors.
Hygrometers and sauna thermometers are easy to use. In the case of hygrometers, all you need to do is choose a convenient place to measure the humidity in the sauna. Thermometers should be placed on the wall opposite the stove, but not near the door or window.
With accurate information, it is possible to regulate the conditions in the sauna depending on the needs and preferences of the user – to reduce or increase the temperature and humidity.
Prices of hygrometers and thermometers for Finnish saunas range from $20 to $100. It all depends on the brand and the materials they are made of.
Sand hourglasses and sauna clocks
Sand hourglasses and sauna timers are essential tools that allow you to determine and control the time you spend in the sauna. Their use ensures that you avoid overheating or dehydration during your sauna visit.
An hourglass is hung on the wall in the sauna, which is turned over when the steaming process begins. When the sand is empty, it indicates that time has passed and it is time to leave the sauna.
The prices of an hourglass and a regular sauna clock can vary depending on the manufacturer and model. The cheapest models cost from $10 to $50, and the more expensive ones can cost more than $100. Classic wall clocks are not suitable for the sauna, they can break down due to the increased humidity and temperature.
Some people think that if they build a sauna and buy a sauna stove with stones, they can use it for a long time without changing anything in it. But the stones in a sauna stove, whether wooden or electric, need to be replaced every year. Otherwise they lose their useful properties, start to deteriorate and crumble against the floor.
Do not just go and pick up stones from the river; they are not useful, and they can also smell and crack, damaging the heating elements of the sauna stove. For sauna stoves, buy special eco-friendly stones made of natural materials, such as jade, soapstone, peridotite, quartzite and others. They are excellent at retaining and releasing heat, saving energy and helping to heat the sauna room faster.
The cost of one 20 kg package averages about $30-40.
Sauna fragrances and essential oils
Various fragrances and essential oils are used in the sauna to affect our mood, relax our muscles and bring us into a state of deep relaxation.
Here are some popular fragrances for the sauna:
- Eucalyptus – has a refreshing effect, eases breathing and relieves cold and flu symptoms.
- Lavender – has a soothing effect, reduces stress and improves mood.
- Lemon – has a refreshing effect, improves mood and acts as a stimulant.
- Mint – has a refreshing and cleansing effect, improves concentration and aids digestion.
- Rosemary – has cleansing and soothing properties.
Essential oils are concentrated plant substances that emit an intense aroma and have many healing properties. When added to the sauna, essential oils help fight the symptoms of illness, induce a state of deep relaxation and improve mood.
The use of essential oils in the sauna is simple – just add a few drops of your chosen oil to a bucket of water, then pour the mixture onto a heated sauna stove. Alternatively, you can put a few drops of oil on a towel and place it on the sauna bench. There are also special stones on sale, into which you can pour essential oils and place this stone on top of the other stones on the stove. It will heat up and the poured oil will release a strong aroma.
It is important to use high-quality essential oils, as low-quality oils can be harmful to your health. Before using essential oil in the sauna, make sure it is safe for your skin and does not cause allergic reactions.
Online stores offer a large selection of sauna kits that include various accessories and equipment for sauna lovers. Here are some examples:
- Sauna scent bucket and spoon set – includes a bucket and a wooden spoon, which are used to water the stones in the sauna. The kit usually also includes a fragrance concentrate, which gives the sauna a pleasant smell. The price of such a set usually starts at $40.
- Textile sets, consisting of a towel, kilt and cap, consist of a towel made of material that is easy to wash and dries quickly, a kilt that has adjustable Velcro straps for comfort and an easy fit, and a cap to protect the head from the hot steam. Such a kit can be purchased for about $70.
- A sauna kit includes various tools, such as a water bucket, a massage broom, a wooden thermometer and a hygrometer for controlling the temperature and humidity in the sauna. The price of such a kit usually starts at $70.
Such a set can make a great gift for a friend who likes sa As you have noticed in this article, there are a large number of optional sauna accessories. We have not even managed to list them all, and have only told you about the most common ones. It’s worth remembering that sauna products are best bought in specialized stores that value their reputation, and not on All*gro, where prices are lower, but the product is of poor quality and will not benefit your health in any way.