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Bath stones – advantages
The bathhouse is not only pleasant, but also, undoubtedly, a useful healing procedure for body and soul. Bath procedures can also become healing – the main thing is to choose the right stones for the heater-stove here. But what kinds of stones are best used and where to find them? Unfortunately, this issue still causes heated discussion among fans of bath procedures.
Stones that are found on the beach or in the fields are completely unsuitable for use in a sauna or heater. Oddly enough, but the stones for the steam room should be somehow special. It is believed that they must withstand high temperature changes without cracking. In the event of a stone fracture, dust is emitted, which, if it enters the human respiratory system, can harm health.
As practice shows, good solid stones for a bath retain heat for a long time and release a lot of useful substances into the air, increasing immunity and improving the general well-being of a person. Steam emanates from the stones, after which a feeling of relaxation and tranquility appears. Thus, the correct choice of stones for the bath will bring tangible benefits to the whole body.
How not to be mistaken with the choice of stones for the bath
Initially, you should familiarize yourself with the main characteristics of stones, regardless of breed and origin. So, it is important that the stones for the bath are strong enough. Checking them out is completely easy. For example, you can try to hit a stone with some heavy object. A quality stone is not in danger, but if the stone is crumbled or cracked, it means that it is absolutely not suitable for a bath. There is one more way to check the quality of the stone. To do this, it must be heated well and then thrown into the water. If the state of the stone does not change (does not split), then it means that the stone is good in front of you.
It should be noted that the stones for the bath are chipped and boned (polished, smooth). There is no big difference between them, but it is advisable to choose smooth stones for the stove-heater, since this will warm them up more evenly. As for the chipped stones, they have a large area for evaporation. And finally, stones vary in size. Here everything is extremely simple: for small stoves, the best option is small stones (about 60 mm), for large stoves – medium-sized stones (70 to 120 mm). And it is important that if there are inclusions of other rocks or mica on the stones, then it is better not to touch them, because after a while they will crumble, forming a blockage in the chimney and causing harm to your health.
Varieties of stones for a bath
As you know, each type of stone has its own useful properties. Below are the most popular and popular types of stones that are recommended for use in a steam room.
Peridotitis and gabbro-diabase
Black diabase is an environmentally friendly and inexpensive black stone. Unfortunately, it does not have any special distinctive healing properties, but it has optimal characteristics for use in bathing. It is better to lay the diabase down the stoves, and put more useful stones on top of it. Gabbro-diabase perfectly accumulates heat and gives it away for a long time, thereby creating an ideal microclimate in the steam room. This stone is durable, resistant to temperature changes. But, with long-term use, diabase can crack, so it is recommended to renew it 1 time within 2 years. Also, peridotite is traditionally used as a basis for the heater. It has properties identical to black diabase and is low in cost. In addition, it reacts with carbon dioxide to disinfect the air.
Jadeite is considered to be a semi-precious stone of luxurious emerald color. Even in the distant past, its healing properties were known in China and America. This stone was used to make jewelry and magical amulets, since it was even more valuable than gold itself. Jadeite was widely used in China for cladding furniture in the emperor’s baths. The symbol of Thailand is the emerald Buddha statue made of jadeite.
Jadeite has such characteristics as heat resistance, increased strength, it will not crumble or crack even after years. In addition, it is distinguished by a reduced degree of water absorption, and a mass of healing properties, among which is the normalization of the work of the cardiovascular and nervous system, pain in the joints disappears, various diseases of the genitourinary sphere pass, distinguishes it from other types of stones. It is thanks to these properties that jadeite is considered the best stone for a bath and does not require special care. It is not worth completely filling the stove with jadeite; it is quite enough if you put it on top of other stones. Since jadeite is considered to be a rather expensive stone, it will be rather irrational to fill the whole stove with it exclusively. On sale jadeite is presented in a boned and split form.
Talcochlorite belongs to the rock of volcanic stones. Unlike other stones, it is able to withstand heating up to an extremely high temperature – about 1600 degrees. It is important that this stone transfers heat in a certain wave mode, which coincides with the rhythms of the human body. It is believed that the presence of such a wave mode provides it with a number of healing properties: it helps to strengthen the immune system, normalize the functioning of the circulatory system, heals colds and perfectly removes phlegm from lungs, in addition, is recommended for people who are overweight, as it promotes weight loss. As practice shows, after such a bath procedure with talcochlorite, a person loses up to 1.5 kilograms. This miraculous stone is used in the treatment of osteochondrosis, rheumatism and joint diseases.
Raspberry quartzite is a luxurious red stone with many useful properties. In the distant past, this stone was used for facing the royal palaces. V. Lenin’s mausoleum and the grave of Napoleon Bonaparte himself are faced with crimson quartzite. Tsar’s stone (raspberry quartzite) is considered the most durable filler when used in a heater. It should be noted that it produces a special, subtle vapor that is extremely beneficial for health promotion. Quartzite normalizes blood pressure, treats colds, and fights joint diseases. Quartzite, like the 2 previous types of stone, is recommended to be laid on top of other stones – peridotite or diabase.
White quartz or in another way “bath stone”
White quartz got this name for its resistance and increased strength to extreme high temperatures. Its main advantage is that in the event of a sharp change in temperature, it is able to release ozone, which has a general strengthening effect on all organs of the human body. In addition, the “bath stone” is prized for its incredibly rejuvenating effect.
Useful tips for using stones
- When filling the stoves for a bath, you should first put large stones down, and on top of them – smaller stones.
- Before use, stones should be heated until redness appears, and then doused with cold water: this way you can identify cracked stones.
- It is advisable to inspect stones for chips and cracks once every 3 months. The damaged stones must be removed, and the good ones must be washed and dried well enough – this will prolong their service life.
- Before using the stones, it is recommended to soak them in salted water for 60 minutes, and then dry them well.
- In order to water the stones, it is preferable to use hot water, since this way the stones will last longer, and the steam will be of higher quality than when doused with cold running water.
The choice of stones for a bath is not an easy task, because the effectiveness of the entire wellness procedure depends on their quality and healing properties. By adhering to the above recommendations, you can make the right choice.