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Can I Add Essential Oils to My Hot Tub?

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There’s nothing quite like a tranquil soak in the hot tub. Ideal for melting away the tensions and problems of the day, the heated water and jet massage are both relaxing and rejuvenating. An easy way to increase your pleasure is with scent, also known as aromatherapy. Let’s examine the right way for you to reap the benefits of aromatherapy without harming your hot tub.


Aromatherapy is an age-old holistic healing treatment using natural plant extracts to heal and relax. Also known as essential oil therapy, this method has been effective in treating everything from anxiety and depression to chronic headaches and muscle tension.

Hot Tub Aromatherapy

Modern hot tubs have been designed with advanced water care systems that are compatible with aromatherapy. That doesn’t mean you can add just any oil to your water, however.

It’s important to only use products that have been designed to work with your specific hot tub. That means pure essential oils cannot be added to the water. Instead, visit your local hot tub store to find a range of spa-friendly aromatherapy products.

How Essential Oils Can Damage a Spa

Essential oils have many uses, but pouring them into your hot tub shouldn’t be one of them. Not only will this cause buildup over time it can result in a clogged filter and other damaged parts. Why? Hot tubs simply were not designed to filter any liquid other than water. So, if you don’t want a costly hot tub repair in your future, it’s best to avoid adding any scent directly to your water.

Spa-Friendly Aromatherapy Products

The right scent is not only relaxing, but has powerful healing properties. The key to enjoying this in your spa without causing damage is by purchasing products designed for spa use. These aromatherapy products come in a variety of forms including salts, crystals, liquid or capsules. Your best bet is to purchase your product from a certified hot tub dealer to ensure compatibility with your spa.

The Best Aromatherapy Scents to Choose


A known sleep agent, this aromatic scent can calm mind and body and is an effective way to help treat depression, anxiety, cramps, headaches or muscle pain.


Hailing from the East, this scent’s antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for arthritis sufferers. It is also known to enhance relaxation and libido.


Found in Southeast Asia, jasmine has long been used to treat stress, anxiety and depression. It’s a great sleep aid at night but is equally effective at boosting alertness during the day.


Known for its pungent scent, eucalyptus is great to use when you’re sick. An effective way to clear the sinuses and soothe a sore throat, it can also help ease body aches.


Mango, known for being rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, is a natural way to boost the immune system. It has also been found to contain anti-diabetic, anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Van Dorn Pools and Spas

Our goal at Van Dorn Pools and Spas is to help our clients live their best lives. If you are interested in adding hydrotherapy to your routine, visit one of our three showrooms. We sell the best hot tubs in the region. So whether you favor therapeutic massage or even a bit of reflexology for your feet, we can help you find the model that’s right for you.

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