Health Benefits of
Steam Bathing

The benefits of steam bathing have been known for centuries. Hippocrates believed fever could cure nearly all disease, and steam baths and saunas have been used in this capacity since at least that time.

While both saunas and steam baths are therapeutic, the high moisture content of steam baths is especially useful for respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis, asthma, and allergies. A steam bath will also help cleanse and tone the skin, by causing extreme perspiration making the skin soft and supple and leaving bathers invigorated and refreshed.

Special Benefits of Steam Baths

Steam baths clear allergens and mucus from the lungs. Doctors have recommended breathing steam for many kids of respiratory problems for years. The steam bath provides a higher concentration of steam than a vaporizer, giving greater benefits to those with respiratory problems.

Steam soothes bronchial passages by increasing moisture content in the lungs, throat and nose. Those who suffer from discomforts such as asthma or even the common cold can find relief in a steam bath.

This type of bath will not cure the respiratory illness but simply provide relief from the symptoms.


Heavy perspiration helps create and maintain healthy skin. Dermatologists recognize the value of steam in creating a beautiful, healthy glow. Heavy perspiration cleanses the skin more thoroughly than soap and water by opening the pores and allowing oil, dirt and dead cells to be flushed out. A steam bath also improves blood circulation to the skin contributing to the healthy, glowing appearance.

Pain Relief

Heat is an effective treatment for muscular pain. Steam baths can speed up the healing process of injured tissues and muscles. Heat causes blood vessels to expand increasing circulation and allowing more oxygen into the affected areas. It not only reduces pain but also speeds healing.


Deep rest is one of the most therapeutic ways to heal the body. Modern life is filled with daily stressors, which can cause stress related illnesses such as high blood pressure and hypertension. The heat of the sauna causes the muscles to relax, and the steam provides a soothing atmosphere to calm the mind.

A steam bath before bed promotes deep restful sleep. It creates a feeling of relaxation and calm. When used daily, the steam bath has tremendous benefits for the health and state of mind of the bather.

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