Unwinding in your own spa pool is the ultimate at-home sensory experience. The warmth of the water, the healing pressure of the jets, the sights and sounds of the gentle bubbles; it’s a feast for the senses. But there's one level of perception that you can add to your soaking experience to provide an even deeper and more immersive escape: smell.
By incorporating the benefits of aromatherapy—soothing scents with possible therapeutic effects—into your daily soak, you can add another dimension to your evening soak.
Spa pool owners should proceed with caution, however. The last thing you want is for the essential oils used during a relaxing and aromatic soak to damage your spa’s components. But while spa pool aromatherapy requires certain considerations, if you use the right products the right way, it can be even easier and more enjoyable than you might think!
Can you use essential oils in a spa pool?
First things first: Hot Spring spa pools aren't designed to circulate and filter thick substances like oils. While you might be tempted to use your spa as a particularly large version of an oil warmer or diffuser, it’s not a good idea.
Before you go dropping scented essential oils into the water, consider the potential damage to your spa, as well as the subsequent damage to your wallet when you find yourself paying for repairs to your spa and the replacement of parts.
Considerations for how to use aromatherapy in your spa pool
Today's best spa water care systems keep your water fresh and clean with minimal maintenance for up to a year, but adding oils or other substances that filters aren't designed to remove will lead to issues over time. A good rule of thumb: if a product isn't specifically designed for use in a spa pool, don't add it to your water.
Follow the guidelines for maintenance of your spa pool water system to keep your water clean and clear—both for the performance and longevity of your tub, and to avoid cleaning and changing the water more often than necessary.
Aside from the risks they present to your spa pool components, not all essential oils are designed for direct contact with your skin, and may cause irritation or worse. Homemade spa pool aromatherapy is never a wise choice.
What is wise, however, is to choose an aromatherapy method that's free from potential negative side effects. The good news is that there's a simple way to integrate aromatherapy into your spa pool experience without the risk of costly or damaging side effects.
Use aromatherapy in your home spa pool safely and effectively
Aromatherapy options specifically designed to safely interact with your water care system come in a wide variety of forms and fragrances, including spa pool aromatherapy crystals, liquids, salts and capsules. Your trusted spa pool dealer will be able to suggest products that will work best for your spa.
Today's top spas now have innovative water quality systems that are cleaner, gentler on your skin, more energy efficient, and that adapt to your lifestyle. Along with features like easy DIY testing and maintenance, you can enjoy aromatherapy products specifically designed to work with your spa's water quality system.
Your spa pool dealer may recommend a product such as MPScents® non-chlorine oxidiser plus aromatherapy, which is designed for use with the EverFresh® water care system from Hot Spring® Spas. In addition to being a reduced-chlorine system, which makes it ideal for chlorine-sensitive spa pool users, MPScents features your choice of aromas designed to create a relaxing and luxurious home spa experience.
Look forward to an invigorating soak with the Citrus Blossom scent, a relaxing getaway with Island Escape, a refreshed mind with Spring Shower, or the meditative experience of Zen Garden.
Unlike essential oils and other homemade forms of spa pool aromatherapy, these ambient scent blends were designed to create the ultimate sensory experience without impacting your spa pool's longevity or performance. Following the instructions on the bottle, add a capful or less of the granules to your spa's filter compartment before each use. You’ll refresh your water without adding chlorine, then be able to unwind in the soothing, fragrant waters of your spa pool, confident your aromatherapy won't cause any unwanted side effects for you or your spa.