Creating a steam bath in the woods can be a fun DIY project to try while out on a long camping trip. Taking a steam bath may be something you enjoy at the spa or gym, or something new you’d like to try. First and foremost, always put safety first while building a steam bath. Also check out our post on how to do a DIY Steam Facial.
Sweat lodges were traditionally created by Native Americans for use during ceremonies in North America. Visits to the sweat lodges were methods of purification. These lodges were wooden structures; sometimes they were created out of covered holes in the ground. Today, steam showers are popular in personal bathrooms. Bathing with steam relaxes the mind and the body and has various health benefits.
Before using the steam bath you create while camping, be sure not to wear any tight clothing in the steam bath. To begin, you will need an old dome tent. Cut off the bottom of the tent and lay it out in a wide, level space in the woods. Make sure you have a border around the bottom of at least half a foot to a foot wide. It will behoove you to set up the tent in a space near a source of water, like a lake or river.
Build the structure of the tent using tent poles. You can secure the poles in place with rocks. It is crucial that you do not use rocks from a water source. These rocks will overheat, may explode and may burn someone using the steam bath. You will need to build a fire near the tent; do not build the fire too close to your tent for your safety.
You will use the fire to heat stones for half an hour. These stones are then placed inside a ring of rocks created in the middle of the tent. While moving the heated stones, be sure to protect yourself using the correct type of gloves or other protection to avoid burning yourself.
Now you are ready to start your DIY steam bath in the woods. Close the door to the tent and leave it cracked to let air in and out of the tent. Take a pan of cold water and slowly pour it over the heated stones. Steam will be created and begin to fill the tent. Repeat this until the tent is filled with steam.
The practice of pouring or sprinkling water on heated stones is how saunas are traditionally heated. A sauna uses hot and dry steam, while a steam shower produces steam at a lower temperature and at a higher humidity. Today, saunas installed in modern homes are usually electric.
Use the steam bath you’ve created for fifteen minutes at a time. After your steam, pour cool water on yourself or take a swim in a cool body of water. Different cultures in a variety of areas around the world have been using steam for centuries to relax the body. Steam rejuvenates tired muscles, makes it easier to breathe when suffering from a cold or asthma and steam deeply cleanses the skin. Have you ever created your own steam bath?