The Benefits of Infrared Saunas on Depression

Taking care of your mental health is a necessary factor in your overall well-being. If you or a loved one are facing depression, infrared sauna use might be a beneficial addition to your health routine in conjunction with advice and treatment from your doctor. Many studies have recently been conducted to test the effectiveness of whole-body hyperthermia, or the use of extreme heat, to assist in the treatment of depression. Read on to learn more about these recent studies and how they are paving the road toward more knowledge on the benefits of hyperthermia and infrared saunas on depression.


Studies on Saunas for Depression & Mental Health


Feasibility and Acceptability of an Integrated Mind-Body Intervention for Depression

Exciting new research from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) led by Dr. Ashley E. Mason is unveiling innovative ways to treat depression with infrared sauna technology. This 2024 clinical trial has demonstrated significant reductions in depression symptoms using a combination of whole-body hyperthermia (WBH) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Published in May 2024, the study is groundbreaking in its use of infrared sauna sessions alongside traditional psychotherapy. The trial utilized Clearlight’s Curve™ Far Infrared Sauna Dome to treat 16 adults diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) over eight weekly sessions, combining the benefits of heat therapy with structured psychological support. Participants experienced whole-body hyperthermia through infrared sauna sessions, designed to elevate body temperature, paired with weekly CBT sessions.

Initial findings are promising. Of the 12 participants who completed the combined treatment, 11 no longer met the criteria for major depressive disorder by the end of the study. This remarkable outcome suggests that integrating WBH and CBT could revolutionize depression treatment. While the trial had a small sample size, the results warrant future larger controlled clinical trials.

“This is exciting work, and it is early days,” stated Dr. Mason. “That 11 of 12 participants who completed treatment no longer met criteria for major depressive disorder sends a positive message – we need to continue researching this treatment package.”


Woman Improving Mental Health in Curve Infrared Sauna Dome


Feasibility and Acceptability of a Whole-Body Hyperthermia (WBH) Protocol

A recent 2021 study has shown promising results with whole-body hyperthermia (WBH) as a non-pharmacologic treatment for major depressive disorder while using Clearlight Saunas Far Infrared heating technology in The Curve Far Infrared Sauna Dome. Where prior trials in similar studies have used medical infrared hyperthermia devices, this study studied to see if a commercial device without FDA-imposed limitations could produce the degree of core body temperature (101.3 °F) associated with reduced depressive symptoms in prior WBH studies.

The study assessed the amount of time needed to achieve this core body temperature and the changes (pre-post WBH) in self-reported mood and affect. Twenty-five healthy adults completed a single WBH session lasting up to 110 min in the Curve Sauna Dome. Core body temperatures were recorded during WBH as well as mood and affect at points before and after whole-body hyperthermia. Whole-body hyperthermia treatment ended after a participant maintained 101.3 °F for two consecutive minutes. The study shows the effectiveness of Clearlight Saunas Far Infrared Heating technology at raising core body temperature.

Results found that all participants achieved the target core body temperature (101.3 °F) within 82.12 minutes on average. In analyses of changes in mood and affect, the study found that participants noted reductions in self-reported depression symptoms from 1 week pre- to 1-week post-WBH, and reductions in self-reported negative affect before and after their whole-body hyperthermia session. This research shows that WBH protocol holds promise in further research on the benefits of commercially available infrared sauna devices and hyperthermia in major depressive disorder treatment.


Happy Couple Enjoying Infrared Sauna for Mental Health


Whole-Body Hyperthermia for the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder

A 2016 study conducted by psychiatry professor Charles Raison and his team aimed to explore the need to identify novel treatments for major depressive disorder. Prior to this study, a smaller study took place in which of 16 individuals with major depression, a single hyperthermia treatment reduced their depression scores almost by 50% five days later. The 2016 study was conducted to test whether whole-body hyperthermia has specific antidepressant effects when compared with a placebo condition and to evaluate the persistence of the antidepressant effects of a single treatment.

A 6-week, randomized, double-blind study took place comparing hyperthermia with a placebo condition. Participants were medically healthy, met criteria for major depressive disorder, were free of psychotropic medication use, and had a baseline 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale score of 16 or greater. During the study, researchers compared a single session of active WBH to a placebo condition. The placebo condition matched all aspects of the whole-body hyperthermia condition except intense heat.

When compared with the placebo group, the active WBH group showed significantly reduced Hamilton Depression Rating Scale scores across the 6-week post-intervention study period. A single session of hyperthermia produced a rapid and powerful antidepressant effect that was not observed in the placebo group. Additionally, the benefits of a single hyperthermia treatment persisted for six weeks, leading to the conclusion that whole-body hyperthermia holds promise as a safe, rapid-acting, and prolonged antidepressant effect.


Man Setting Up Curve Infrared Sauna Dome for Mental Health


A Hot Topic for Health: Results of the Global Sauna Survey

Researchers set out to determine the motivations and experiences of typical sauna users. An online 71-item questionnaire compiling information on the individual characteristics, sauna-related habits, and perceived health and wellness experiences of regular sauna bathers was conducted. The 2019 study incorporated a quality of life scoring tool to measure physical and mental indicators of well-being.

The study was made up of 482 respondents who sauna-bathed approximately 1–2 times per week. The key reasons indicated by respondents for sauna-bathing included relaxation/stress reduction, pain relief, and socializing. Nearly a third of respondents reported medical conditions. Of this group, those with back/musculoskeletal pain and mental issues cited the greatest improvements in their conditions with sauna use. Of all respondents, 83.5% reported improved sleep after sauna use. This study documents that sauna users are motivated to use saunas predominantly for relaxation, reporting health benefits especially around mental well-being and sleep

Analysis of well-being scores after grouping respondents into groups by sauna-bathing frequency revealed that sauna users who utilize a sauna 5–15 times monthly recorded comparatively higher mental well-being scores as compared to respondents who were sauna-bathing less frequently.


Friends Smiling While Using Infrared Sauna


Benefits of Infrared Saunas on Mental Health


Mental health can be based on a number of factors, from chemical imbalances to chronic pain. Frequent sauna use can assist in reducing the symptoms of depression and other mental health issues. A short daily session in an infrared sauna can increase your exposure to heat therapy and help with:


While medical treatment should be discussed with your doctor for clinically-diagnosed conditions, adding infrared sauna use to your regular routine can offer many health benefits that assist in symptom reduction and enhance medical therapies. If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of major depressive disorder or need to discuss your mental health, be sure to discuss with your doctor regarding next steps and proper treatments.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or a crisis, please reach out immediately to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. The services are free and confidential.




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Mason, Ashley E et al. “Feasibility and acceptability of a Whole-Body hyperthermia (WBH) protocol.” International Journal of Hyperthermia vol. 38,1 (2021): 1529-1535. DOI: 10.1080/02656736.2021.1991010

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Pioneering Study at UCSF Shows Promising Results in Combating Depression with Infrared Sauna Therapy

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, groundbreaking research from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is shedding new light on innovative treatments for depression. A new 2024 clinical trial led by Dr. Ashley E. Mason, a clinical psychologist associated with the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Health and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, has indicated notable reductions in depression symptoms through a combined approach of whole-body hyperthermia (WBH) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

The study, officially published on May 14, 2024 in The International Journal of Hyperthermia, is pioneering in its integration of infrared sauna sessions with conventional psychotherapy. Utilizing Clearlight’s Curve™ Far Infrared Sauna Dome, the trial treated 16 adults diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) over eight weekly sessions, blending the therapeutic effects of heat with structured psychological counseling.

Read the full press release here.


Why Whole-Body Hyperthermia and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?


Dr. Mason’s inspiration for this innovative approach came from previous studies that showcased the rapid alleviation of depressive symptoms through infrared heat treatment. The integrated treatment approach aims to harness the synergistic effects of physical and mental therapies. Infrared saunas are known for their ability to induce deep relaxation and improve mood, which could translate into powerful mental health benefits when combined with CBT, a widely recognized method for treating depression.


Remarkable Preliminary Results

The preliminary findings from Dr. Mason’s trial offer a beacon of hope for those battling depression. Out of the 12 participants who completed the combined treatment, an impressive 11 individuals no longer met the criteria for major depressive disorder by the end of the study. This significant result suggests that the dual approach of WBH and CBT could be a transformative treatment for depression.

“This is exciting work, and it is early days,” remarked Dr. Mason. “That 11 of 12 participants who completed treatment no longer met criteria for major depressive disorder sends a positive message – we need to continue researching this treatment package.”


Man Using Clearlight® Curve™ Infrared Sauna Dome


Health & Wellness Industry Leaders Back the Findings


Clearlight’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Raleigh Duncan, expressed strong support for the trial’s promising results. According to Dr. Duncan, “This groundbreaking study on depression from UCSF aligns with what we have been hearing from our customers for the past 25 years. People have been telling us how using our infrared saunas has changed their lives by reducing stress and lifting their spirits. Thanks to Dr. Ashley Mason and all the people at UCSF who have worked tirelessly to bring these facts to light so that people can find new ways to heal.”

Dr. Duncan has been a pioneer in infrared therapy, contributing significantly to advancements in technologies designed to heal the human body.


A Promising Future for Sauna and Depression Research


While the results from Dr. Mason’s trial are indeed promising, she acknowledges that further research is essential. Future trials will aim to validate these findings across larger groups and differing demographics to more fully understand the therapeutic potential and practical implementation of this innovative treatment. This UCSF study marks a hopeful step toward newer, more effective treatments for depression.

For those interested in delving deeper into the scientific nuances of the study, the full research is available here.

As mental health challenges continue to impact millions of lives, pioneering research like this demonstrates the importance of exploring diverse treatment options. By leveraging the benefits of infrared sauna therapy and CBT, this UCSF study illuminates a promising path forward in the ongoing battle against depression.

Build Your Dream Sauna with a Custom Infrared Sauna

Rising above the humble origins of traditional saunas, infrared saunas have carved a niche in the wellness landscape due to their distinct health benefits. Enthusiasts advocate their prowess in detoxification, relaxation, and a host of other health-promoting effects, all without the fiercely high temperatures associated with conventional saunas.

For many, the allure of a custom infrared sauna lies in its ability to combine the innate healing properties of infrared heat with a tailored environment that speaks to one’s personal aesthetics and functional needs. This tailored approach marks a paradigm shift, turning a solitary wellness practice into an immersive, aesthetic, and even a spiritual experience tailor-made for each user.

Read on to delve into the world of custom infrared saunas, exploring the different options available and how you can create your own personalized oasis of relaxation with the help of Clearlight’s expert custom sauna team.


Types of Infrared Saunas


When it comes to infrared saunas, there are two main options to consider: pre-built saunas and fully custom saunas. Both have distinct benefits depending on your ideal infrared sauna situation, offering options for everyone depending on space and budget needs.


Pre-Built Saunas

Pre-built infrared saunas are an excellent starting point for those seeking efficient set-up, lower costs, and space-saving sanctuaries. Designed to fit a variety of spaces, these saunas often come with amenities such as chromotherapy, halotherapy, and other modern add-ons that elevate the sauna experience. They are particularly suited for home use, where space might be a constraint, and for those looking for a well-rounded sauna experience without the intricacies of customization.


Fully Custom Saunas

For the true wellness connoisseur aiming for a singular statement, a fully customized infrared sauna is an irreplaceable option. This choice offers the freedom to dictate every detail to fit all of your design and wellness needs, from the equipment and layout to the type of wood and any additional features you can envision. With Clearlight’s custom sauna option, the only limit is your imagination – and, of course, the physical dimensions of your space.


Woman Using Custom Clearlight Infrared Sauna

Creating Your Ideal Custom Infrared Sauna


For interior design and wellness enthusiasts alike, the allure of a fully customized space is irresistible. Beyond the sheer beauty of a tailored environment, bespoke saunas offer a distinct advantage: control. The ability to craft wellness spaces with personal touches provides a unique incentive to construct one’s own infrared sauna. From home spaces looking for a unique design to contractors working on unique home builds looking to accommodate clients’ wants, opting for a custom-built sauna can allow you to establish a sanctuary fit for all your wellness needs.


Designing with Clearlight

At Clearlight, we specialize in creating fully custom infrared saunas that are meticulously designed to meet your exact specifications. Our state-of-the-art True Wave™ low EMF heaters are available as a comprehensive kit, empowering you to either build your own sauna from scratch or seamlessly convert your existing one. Simply provide us with the dimensions of your room, and we’ll tailor the kit to fit your space perfectly. Our build-your-own sauna components are adaptable for rooms of all sizes, whether you envision a large commercial sauna room or a cozy home sauna retreat.


Sauna Customization Options

When collaborating with Clearlight, the possibilities for customization are virtually endless. Whether you require a sauna for a commercial space, a large room, or have an irregular area to work with, we’ve got you covered. While we don’t physically construct the sauna, we provide all the essential materials you need, including infrared heaters, a digital keypad, power supply, lighting, and high-quality wood. You can even upload files from architects and contractors to ensure seamless integration with your design, ensuring that your custom sauna harmonizes effortlessly with your space.


Streamlined Process and Support

Our design process is both straightforward and efficient. Simply submit your floor plan, and we’ll provide you with a comprehensive overview of what’s feasible based on your specifications. With just a five-day turnaround for the initial design and 2-3 revisions included, you can expect to have your custom sauna design perfected in about a month. Production typically takes 6-8 weeks, after which you’ll require the expertise of a licensed carpenter and electrician to handle the installation.

Opting for a professional installation and customized design offers invaluable peace of mind. With Clearlight, you can rest assured that your sauna will be constructed to the highest standards of quality and safety. Our heaters are meticulously engineered to withstand moisture and high temperatures, ensuring optimal performance and longevity. Moreover, our dedicated team is always on hand to provide support and guidance throughout the design and installation process, ensuring our clients a seamless and stress-free experience.


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Woman Using Clearlight Red Light Tower in Custom Sauna

Further Sauna Customization Options


On top of choosing your ideal custom sauna design, you can upgrade your Clearlight infrared sauna experience by adding a number of customization options. These allow you to enhance your infrared heat therapy sessions by combining a range of health benefits, offering a more comprehensive and holistic wellness sanctuary.


Medical Grade Chromotherapy

Upgrade your Clearlight Infrared Sauna to feature medical-grade chromotherapy, a cutting-edge enhancement that elevates your sauna experience to new heights. With 96 LED lights and 12 color settings, this advanced chromotherapy system allows you to immerse yourself in a spectrum of therapeutic colors. Additionally, a handheld adjustable brightness control empowers you to tailor the intensity of the light to suit your mood and wellness goals.


Clearlight Red Light Therapy

By concentrating powerful medical-grade LEDs, Clearlight’s innovative light therapy delivers targeted healing to specific areas of the body. The red and near-infrared wavelengths stimulate cellular function, particularly in the mitochondria, promoting the production of ATP – the energy currency of the cell. This results in enhanced cellular repair, reduced inflammation, and accelerated healing.


Vibrational Resonance Therapy Module

Enhance relaxation and rejuvenation by adding Vibrational Resonance Therapy (VRT) to your Clearlight sauna. VRT combines the benefits of sound and vibration to soothe both body and mind, promoting deep relaxation and stress relief. These VRT modules attach to the bottom of the sauna bench, while the amplifier, responsible for delivering the therapeutic vibrations, is discreetly situated underneath.


AROMA ONE® Aromatherapy Device

Utilizing ultrasonic, high-frequency technology, the AROMA ONE essential oil diffuser converts water and essential oils into a fine mist that permeates the air, filling your sauna with the soothing aroma of your chosen essential oils. Whether you seek relaxation, invigoration, or respiratory support, aromatherapy offers a delightful and therapeutic addition to your custom sauna experience.


HALO ONE® Halotherapy Generator

Transform your Clearlight sauna into a healing salt cave with the HALO ONE halotherapy generator. This innovative addition harnesses the therapeutic benefits of salt therapy, known as halotherapy, to promote respiratory health and skin rejuvenation. Our infrared saunas create an ideal environment for salt therapy, allowing the liquid salt aerosol to be evenly distributed and providing optimal salt concentration for healing.


Choosing the Best Infrared Sauna for You


When deciding between a pre-built sauna and a custom sauna, there are several factors to consider. Your personal preferences, available space, budget, and long-term benefits should all play a role in your decision. While pre-built saunas offer convenience and affordability, custom saunas provide unmatched flexibility and the ability to create a truly unique sauna experience tailored to your needs.

The world of home saunas offers a wide range of options to suit every lifestyle and preference. Whether you opt for a pre-built sauna or choose to create a fully custom sauna with Clearlight, you can look forward to enjoying the many health and wellness benefits that saunas have to offer. So why wait? Take the first step towards a healthier, more relaxed lifestyle today by exploring the possibilities of custom infrared saunas with Clearlight. Contact us now to learn more or start your custom sauna journey.

Benefits of Infrared Saunas for Your Spa or Gym Business

Infrared saunas are great at home for personal use, but can also be great assets for gyms, spas, and other wellness centers. Including an infrared sauna in your list of services will give your customers that extra health boost after a workout or spa treatment and a lasting impression of your facility. It is an easy service to include that requires little to no attention and can exponentially improve a customer’s holistic experience. Saunas, along with halotherapy and chromotherapy, are amenities that can attract new customers to your business. See how adding an infrared sauna to your business can help you provide the ultimate health and wellness experience.


Benefits of Having a Sauna at a Gym


Sure, gym saunas are relaxing and can be turned into a social activity, but is there a connection between sauna use and fitness? Are they just a nice gym perk, or do they actually provide any health benefits? Research shows that post-workout sauna use can boost recovery, strengthen your heart, and aid your whole body to reach a relaxed state. Learn more about the health benefits of having a gym sauna can provide for your members: 


Muscle Recovery 

The #1 reason pro athletes turn to saunas is for their proven aid in muscle recovery. Saunas are an optimal way to relax muscle tissue and relieve pain. The heat from the sauna enhances oxygen and nutrient-rich blood circulation throughout your whole body. This makes sauna sessions excellent for a post-exercise wind-down routine. Any sports-focused gym can benefit from it!


Improved Cardiovascular Health

A workout for your heart. There aren’t many treatments that specifically train your heart like saunas do. In fact, a 2019 study in Complementary Therapies in Medicine found that the changes in blood pressure and heart rate levels during sauna bathing are similar to those induced during a moderate-intensity cardio exercise session. Studies show that regular sauna sessions can even reduce your risk of stroke.


Weight Loss

You’ve probably heard saunas are popularly known for supporting weight loss. And there’s research backing this up. A quick sauna session can help boost your metabolism and caloric burn by increasing sweat production, heart rate, and circulation. Though those quick weight loss claims may be exaggerations, incorporating sauna use into your regular health and wellness regimen can provide long-term support during your weight loss journey.

For these reasons, a sauna room isn’t only an extra gym membership perk; it can also be a treatment tool that contributes to any fitness plan. These are just some of the many benefits sauna bathing can provide in the search for a fitter, healthier life. 


Woman Enjoying Clearlight® Infrared Sauna at the Spa


Benefits of Having a Sauna in a Spa


Sauna bathing can also provide great benefits to any spa or wellness center. Wellness businesses can differentiate themselves from competitors by providing unique wellness services. Saunas amplify any customer’s service and make their overall experience feel more luxurious. Because not every spa or wellness facility offers amenities like commercial infrared saunas, having one will make your overall business proposition stand out. Learn more about the amazing benefits adding a sauna experience to your spa can provide for your clientele: 



In the search for a healthy body, people are always concerned about what goes into their bodies. Unfortunately, most of us don’t live a 100% off-the-grid lifestyle and are exposed to chemicals in our environment, and even food, daily. We breathe and ingest dangerous pesticides, plastics, heavy metals, and many other toxins that accumulate in our bodies and can potentially make us sick. This is why everyone in the wellness and fitness community is constantly on the lookout for the new detox juice or supplement that claims to clean your body.

As it turns out, enhanced sweat production is the only solution that is actually proven to flush your system of these toxins. Sauna-induced sweating is one of the easiest, most natural ways to do this. Aside from eliminating toxins from your body, sauna bathing is also known to aid your body in recovering from a cold, hangovers, or even help you quit smoking.


Stress Relief

Saunas have the power to put your body in a fully relaxed state. There is nothing like unwinding from a stressful day like at a spa with a facial, massage, and sauna session. It’s a warm and quiet space where guests can take a moment to focus on their breathing and meditate. 

The heat from the sauna relaxes aching muscles, raises circulation, and even stimulates the release of endorphins, that’s the “feel good” chemical in our brains. Saunas are also said to reduce cortisol levels, the hormone that induces stress. That’s what makes sauna sessions perfect for anyone dealing with any stress level or even mental health problems. Saunas truly help induce people into a relaxed state. 


New Spa Services: Sauna Ceremonies 

Not only is sauna time in high demand at spa and wellness facilities but with a sauna, you can now add a new service called Aufguss. The Aufguss ritual is a traditional sauna ceremony that is designed to enhance the benefits of any sauna session. Heightening guests’ levels of endorphins and serotonin, the ritual soothes both the mind and the body.

A multi-sensory experience that combines lights, sound, essential oils, and blasts of hot air, for an amplified healing experience. Any sauna session can turn invigorating with a ceremony run by an Aufguss master. The master circulates around the sauna room flipping a towel to provide the service. It is truly an experience no one will want to miss when they visit your spa. 


Custom Clearlight® Infrared Sauna in Professional Spa


Why Get an Infrared Sauna for Your Business?


Incorporating an infrared sauna into your business extends the range of services you offer and significantly elevates the client experience. By prioritizing wellness and introducing a customizable sauna experience, you’re directly contributing to the health and satisfaction of your clientele.

The versatility in customization options offered by Clearlight, from the sauna’s size and type to the ability to enhance features, allows businesses to craft an environment that embodies their unique brand of care and wellness. To create a truly unique experience in your professional gym or spa, you can incorporate additional services to enhance your clients’ or members’ overall experience, including halotherapy, red light therapy, chromotherapy, aromatherapy, and vibration resonance therapy

Furthermore, the ease of installation and the variety of features ensure that regardless of your business model, integrating an infrared sauna will be seamless and highly beneficial. You can choose from pre-built or custom saunas, with easy do-it-yourself installation, that come in a wide range of sizes, from group saunas to individual sauna domes.

This move towards a more holistic wellness approach positions your business as a leader in health and fitness and caters to the growing demand for comprehensive, health-oriented services. In the end, the decision to include an infrared sauna is more than just an addition to your amenities; it’s a statement about the value you place on health, wellness, and the overall experience you wish to provide.

Adding an infrared sauna to your business helps you get back to what’s important: making your spa clients and gym members happy and healthy.

Mother’s Day: Embracing Self-Care and Resilience

Guest Author: Melissa Van Riper 

When I was pregnant with my Daughter, I had a doctor who was bullying me about my weight. So, I found a prenatal yoga class a few towns away. I fell in love with the community and sisterhood our teacher, Kelly, had created. I have never felt so comfortable around women before. We were all in different phases of pregnancy, so almost every week, someone gave birth and graduated from the Mommy and Me class. So, to keep these women in my life, I created a Facebook group, and each week, I would quietly go over to a few people and ask if I could add them to my group so that we could stay in touch. Never in my life could I have predicted that my Yoga Mommies Facebook group would be what it is today. After we started having our babies and venturing out to different Mommy & Baby and music classes, the group began to grow. It was more than play dates; it was a trusted, safe space to know we were not alone. It was here that I found my tribe.

In 2013, I was going through the divorce process. I was 33 years old, and my Daughter was barely 2. I had given up my career and didn’t have any savings. I was alone in a house I couldn’t afford with a baby I adored. I had always had a host of unexplained medical problems and never really felt “healthy.” But when I was nursing my Daughter, I felt grounded and balanced despite the lack of sleep and emotional turmoil I was going through. 

To “find myself again,” I was drawn to a Pranic healing center in my town. They had a free community night every week. I convinced my Mother to stay with my Daughter while I took an hour for myself. There, I met a lovely healer named Marie. Pranic healing is energy healing without touching. After our first session, Marie pulled me into the hallway and said, “Listen, honey, I don’t know what’s going on with you, but you have the most depleted Chakras I have ever seen.” I knew I was pretty bad, but I didn’t realize how bad it was. She recommended “Radical self-care.” Before I heard those words, I considered self-care as getting a pedicure or taking a bath…… yes those things can be nice, but they are forms of grooming. Radical self-care is healing from the inside out. I proceeded to go back to her every week. 

Then, in October of that year, I had a freak accident that landed me in the hospital for two weeks. I was terrified. That was the first time I had ever been away for the night from my Daughter. They admitted me to the stroke floor and said I had to have an Angiogram, which at the time felt scary. I called one of my friends, who I thought had been through something similar with her husband, and I broke down on the phone, saying how scared and alone I felt. 

The angiogram showed that I didn’t have a stroke, “just” two torn vertebral arteries in my neck. When I wheeled into my new room on the Neuro floor, I met the most lovely human being, Stephanie. She was sitting up in her bed with her husband next to her; she was a beacon of light, and I now refer to her as my guardian angel. She was battling brain cancer and had the most positive attitude and kind spirit I have ever witnessed. I was only with her for one night, but her amazing attitude towards life has inspired me to this day (Sadly, Stephanie lost her battle against cancer seven months later). Her positive attitude set the tone for my reawakening. I was surrounded by my family and my friends. I had so many visitors. My Yoga Mommy friends cooked for me and brought me treats and magazines. One even made plant-based milk for my Daughter because of the meds I had to stop nursing. I left the hospital two weeks later, feeling more loved than I ever had before. 

I had a rough road to recovery, but it was radical self-care, and the love of the strong women that I surrounded myself with that got me through rebuilding my life.

I can remember my first Mother’s Day after my divorce. I took my Daughter out to get our favorite gluten-free pancakes. I looked around at all of these big tables with families celebrating the women in their lives. Then I looked across the table at my toddler. She was the reason I learned to celebrate myself. Fast-forward 10 years, and now we always do something together.

To me, Mother’s Day is about celebrating the aspect of myself that I love the most but am most critical of. 

Being a strong Single Mom practically kills me every day. We were designed to raise our babies in a village, but now we must build our tribes. It feels hard because it is hard. We aren’t meant to do it alone. 

These are some of the self-care practices that I have adopted over the years

  • Therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Weight training
  • Sauna – I read in the sauna
  • Stretching
  • Self-love
  • Massages
  • Skincare
  • Healthy meals
  • Eating Brisket alone in my car
  • AcupunctureEssential oils
  • Cryotherapy
  • Pranic healing
  • Eating fancy chocolate alone
  • Active rest
  • PEMF mat
  • Acupressure
  • Red light therapy
  • Walks with friends
  • Saying No
  • Removing toxins 
  • Volunteering
  • Acupuncture
  • Journaling/ brain dump
  • Drawing
  • Singing horribly in my car
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Cleaning my kitchen listening to 90’s R&B
  • Vibration resonance therapy
  • Soaking in the tub with a fancy bath bomb
  • Hiking
  • Finding a job that I love and feel supported and set up for success.

I’m not going to tell you to get lots of sleep or reduce stress because every time I read that advice, I roll my eyes and say that it doesn’t apply to any Moms I know. 

Find the things that make your soul happy.

Self-care makes you a better Mom. You don’t need permission to do this. You are the only one that is going to take care of you. You can’t take care of your family if you aren’t well. I lead by example; I take time to do something for myself every day. Sometimes, it’s reading for 30 minutes in my Infrared Sauna, taking a walk with my Daughter while we talk, and sometimes, it’s an at-home spa night. This shows my Daughter that I am strong and human and shows her how to do the same for herself.

This is to say, take care of yourself and nourish your female friendships. They are the people who will save you when everything falls apart. Celebrate yourself and the strong women around you.

Happy Mother’s Day to Mothers everywhere. I see you, I feel you. Take some time to honor and celebrate yourself. You are amazing, and you are worth it.

Inside Look: How the Moms at Clearlight Get Their Self-Care

It’s no secret that finding a little “Me Time” is hard for the mothers in our lives, so we polled the team at Clearlight to hear how the mothers in our midst find their personal sanctuaries in between their hectic schedules. 

Jessica McCullum, Project Manager

I LOVE working for such a revolutionary line of wellness products made possible by Clearlight.  I am a mother of 3 children on the Autism spectrum, as well as the founder of a small nonprofit advocating for resources for the Autism community here in Hawaiʻi.

My children struggle with inflammation and a lot of other respiratory issues given their compromised immune systems.  My eldest daughter, Ava, is nonverbal so our communication challenges are exponential especially when she is unable to voice when she is not feeling well.  We swear by the HALO ONE that carries us through continual viral illnesses as well as inflammatory struggles that cause a lot of chesty coughs and irritability.  We get ahead of the game by using the HALO ONE as recommended once per week for preventative care.  We pair this with a nightly routine of AROMA ONE aromatherapy to make sure we get a good nightʻs sleep (which is not easy to come by).  At the end of the day, I make sure that I bathe myself in the PERSONAL Tower Red Light Therapy to ground myself, as being a mother of children of special needs can be incredibly overwhelming and Iʻm constantly battling that “fight or flight” mode of anxiety, and mental health is a continual work in progress for me.  

We continue to research the best in the wellness industry as a family living with Autism, so I am confident in saying that I am caring for my family in all facets of parenting, while also showing up to work everyday to further promote the science and the quality of this dr-designed, cutting edge technology.  We very much look forward to exploring the endless benefits that is made available by Clearlight, including but not limited to Chromotherapy, Vibrational Resonance Therapy, Infrared Therapy, and much more as we grow along with such a fantastic company that is just good for us, as well as the rest of the world that we live in.



Jordann Bohlin, Customer Experience Representative

I am pregnant currently and the HALO ONE® is great for my shortness of breath, haha! The Red Light PERSONAL is great for my aches and pains as well!




Melissa Van Riper, Consumer Product Manager

Being a strong Single Mom practically kills me everyday. We were designed to raise our babies in a village but now we need to build our own tribes. It feels hard because it is hard. We aren’t meant to do it alone. Take some time to honor and celebrate yourself. You are amazing and you are worth it.  

Read Melissa’s Full Story Here



Patty Ryan, Infrared Sauna Specialist 

I have two older kids who are back at home for a bit longer for schooling. I rely on my Sanctuary 2 for my relaxation and time out from the kids and dogs. I was also diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis this past year and am doing my best to stay off medication! I have the Red Light CORE and HALO ONE® mounted inside my sauna. I love that I can do my sauna and red light at the same time! We also have the Amethyst PEMF Mat at my family’s beach house in Florida. When you have a sauna at home and travel away, you sure do miss it! The Amethyst Mat helps me relax and also helps with any joint pain/inflammation that I have. 




Danielle Yanke, VP of Marketing

Being a toddler mom means having a little shadow accompany me everywhere and at all times, which includes personal self-care time. (Maybe that makes it “Us Care?”) But I don’t mind being able to cuddle together on our Amethyst PEMF mat, because she likes to fiddle with the settings while I absorb her snuggles.



Dana Young, Public Relations

As the mom of triplet girls, I have a sign in our house that reads “Good Things Come In Threes.”  And, I can tell you that this is absolutely true. From our favorite childhood fairy tales to Chinese proverbs and even the movies, my trio are living proof that people and things that come in threes are often luckier, more entertaining, and more effective than most other combinations. So, of course the Clearlight products that I swear by—but often have to wrestle back from my hat trick of 21 year olds—are our red light therapy tower suite of wellness solutions!  For me, there’s nothing better after an Oakland run or a morning of stand up paddling in Alameda than to plop myself in front of my CORE Tower to get the tightness out of my limbs. 

For the trio, they love using red light therapy to help with skin clarity, acne reduction as well as stress relief from internship project deadlines and finals—before and after exams. My husband, who has early onset Parkinsons, uses red light to help lessen the symptoms that often come with the disease, including heaviness in his arms, leg cramps and increased fatigue. Almost every night, he uses red light therapy as he drifts off to sleep to ensure a good night’s rest.  And, since Clearlight now offers three red light towers (the Personal, the CORE, and a 3rd, the FULL BODY Tower—coming soon!) in our wellness family of products, I’d say the proverb of 3s is spot on!



Pilot Dad’s Self Care Travel Tips: Taking Flight On and Off the Ground

Guest Post By: Doyle Tonneson


As a Major Airline International Pilot, I have realized how much Americans love to explore unique cultures and traditions. Traveling is one of the greatest ways to do so. It comes with some cons, though, and travel plans can quickly be impaired if you have severe jet lag. From temporary sleep disorder to just the feeling of tiredness after a long plane journey, these are things you don’t want to experience when you plan on hitting the ground running and seeing new sites.

But, there’s good news. As an athletic #girldad who is always chasing around my dancing queen, I found myself missing a key ingredient to my fitness lifestyle. The key was gaining the knowledge of HEAT therapy and the benefits of an infrared sauna. I purchased a Sanctuary 3 Full Spectrum 3-Person Infrared Sauna from Clearlight and I can honestly say it’s been a game changer that I’ve implemented into my daily routine and pre/post trip regimen. I can relieve any discomforts of traveling and finish a long haul trip feeling refreshed, thanks to Clearlight.


Pilot Doyle Tonneson in Cockpit of Plane


Piloting Your Health with Self Care While Traveling


Better Mood

I’ve found that hot stimulation in a sauna can act as a mood enhancer and also promotes a feeling of contentment. My wife always jokes with me – anytime I get a little “moody” she tells me to “go sit in the sauna” – hahaha! That in and of itself says a lot about the experience, pleasure and overall well-being I get from my infrared. The calming effect reduces cortisol levels and positively impacts my mind and body.


Muscle Relief

As for flying internationally, 95 percent of my flights are 8+hours. Flying for this long can cause muscles to stiffen, poor circulation from long periods of sitting, and dehydration as a result of climbing and descending through different cabin pressure altitudes. Lengthy flights also add to joint and muscle spasm. For me, a hot sauna session is an excellent way to heal my sore body parts. I make it a priority when returning home from a trip to always get in a sauna session for at least 30 mins before I tackle my “Honey Do” list.


Improved Sleep

Another benefit I’ve found within a few sessions is how much better I’m sleeping. Jet lag is no joke and causes a mismatch between your daily ‘rhythm’ and a new time zone (sometimes 5-7 hour time zone changes within one sequence) – so  I’m always at risk for this to have a potential impact on my mental performance. This psychological condition can cause disturbed sleep. As a pilot, we have strict guidelines on what we can and cannot take during duty so I cannot and do not take any medication or sleeping aids.

I now rely on my sauna to help combat insomnia. And, I’ve found the infrared heat automatically increases my melatonin production – a sleep-inducing hormone which helps me doze away faster than usual when I am resting between flights. And, this offers a much milder therapy than medicines and is something that won’t jeopardize my career.


Pilot Doyle Tonneson’s Clearlight Infrared Sauna Setup


The Key Components to a Healthy Lifestyle


These infrared sauna sessions are powerful to me and also help mitochondria reach my body at a cellular level. I can truly say that my sauna sessions pre and post-flight are the best approaches to boosting stamina and energy – not to mention just sweating out all the toxins I’ve picked up along the route. Without a doubt this has been the best investment to date.

For me, I have always said there are three key components to a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Exercise
  3. Sleep

And, I’ve now added a 4th must – heat therapy. It’s really just as important as the first three. And, an added bonus, my wife, Josie Tonneson, has joined me in our Sanctuary and she’s feeling better than she ever has. Together, we are getting to instill this practice with my daughter (8 years old) as she watches my every step into the sauna and I know it’s molding into her what a healthy lifestyle should be.

2024 Health Trends: From Infrared Saunas to Blue Zone Diets

In an era where health and wellness have become paramount, 2024 promises to be a year of significant trends shaping how we approach self-care, fitness, and longevity. From cutting-edge technologies and ancient rituals turned modern, to the rise of at-home health and the adoption of Blue Zone diets, individuals are increasingly seeking holistic approaches to well-being. Let’s delve into the key trends defining health in 2024. 


Infrared Saunas


In recent years, saunas have evolved from mere indulgences to essential components of holistic health routines. Among these, infrared saunas have surged in popularity, boasting a 40% increase in usage compared to last year according to Yelp research. What makes them stand out is their ability to penetrate the skin deeply, offering health benefits like detoxification, pain relief, and improved circulation.

This trend isn’t just about sweating it out; it’s about embracing a comprehensive approach to self-care. Infrared saunas are often paired with other therapies such as halotherapy, red light therapy, PEMF, chromotherapy, VRT, and aromatherapy, amplifying their holistic benefits. From prestigious spas to local wellness centers and even home setups, these energizing pods have become accessible to all.

The trend reflects a shift toward integrating rejuvenating experiences seamlessly into daily life, where individuals prioritize both physical and mental well-being. As the sauna experience continues to evolve, so does our understanding of its potential health benefits, driving further interest in sauna “biohacking” for personalized wellness optimization.


Health at Home


The landscape of healthcare is shifting profoundly toward home-based solutions, fueled by consumer demand for convenience and autonomy. At-home health diagnostic kits have become increasingly popular, allowing individuals to assess their health from the comfort of their own spaces. According to research from McKinsey, with 26% of US consumers eager to test for vitamin and mineral deficiencies, 24% interested in diagnosing cold and flu symptoms, and 23% seeking to monitor cholesterol levels at home, the appeal of these kits lies in their quick results and the ability to test frequently.

This trend reflects a broader desire for personalized health management, empowering individuals to take proactive steps toward their well-being. Concurrently, there’s a growing trend of creating wellness sanctuaries within homes, where individuals curate spaces conducive to daily health and wellness routines. From meditation corners to tech-equipped workout zones and personalized nutrition pantries, the home is becoming the epicenter of holistic health practices. This evolution signifies a profound shift towards health solutions that are accessible, integrated, and tailored to individual needs.


Group Taking Low-Impact Yoga Class


Low-Impact Exercise


In recent years, the fitness landscape has significantly shifted towards low-impact exercise, moving away from the high-intensity ethos that dominated the early 21st century. This change reflects a broader understanding of health and wellness, emphasizing not just physical vigor but also mental serenity and emotional well-being. According to recent data, 4 in 10 consumers are incorporating low-impact exercises into their fitness routines, with preferences leaning towards gentle and traditional yoga (17% and 16%, respectively) and martial arts (10%).

Another 41% of participants highlight the calming and relaxing benefits of low-intensity exercises as their primary motivation. This emerging trend underscores a growing recognition of the importance of sustainable fitness practices that nurture the body and mind, suggesting that the once-popular maxim “no pain, no gain” is being replaced by a more nuanced, holistic approach to health.


Evidence-Based Wellness


Consumers are increasingly discerning about their wellness products, prioritizing evidence-based solutions over the allure of ‘clean’ or ‘natural’ labels. According to McKinsey data, roughly half of US consumers prioritize clinical effectiveness when purchasing in 2024, compared to just 20% who prioritize natural ingredients. This shift underscores a growing awareness of the importance of research and expertise in achieving optimal health and well-being.

Moreover, this trend extends beyond product labels – it’s a holistic approach that emphasizes the value of evidence-based wellness practices. In 2024, consumers are not only scrutinizing the products they use but also seeking advice from qualified professionals who can offer informed guidance rooted in research and expertise. This shift marks a significant step towards a more conscientious and informed approach to health and wellness. The market is responding to this demand, with products and services now vying for attention based on their clinical credentials rather than superficial claims.


Aiming for Longevity


The pursuit of a long and healthy life takes center stage in 2024, with a surge in demand for products and services geared towards healthy aging and longevity. Baby boomers are at the forefront of this movement, with 78% expressing a heightened importance of wellness compared to previous years, according to Mindbody research. Their commitment to health is driving the trend towards a proactive approach to aging, with 67% prioritizing health and wellness to achieve a long and fulfilling life. Additionally, 30% are motivated by the desire to maintain or enhance mobility, recognizing its crucial role in overall well-being.

This growing interest is fueled by a number of factors, including advancements in health technology and a cultural shift toward preventive medicine. The demographic shift underscores a broader cultural narrative of prioritizing health and vitality, with individuals of all ages embracing the notion of investing in their well-being today for a healthier tomorrow. As we navigate the complexities of modern life, the pursuit of longevity becomes not just a goal but a guiding principle, shaping our decisions and behaviors toward a future of vitality and well-being.


Friends Hanging Out with Alcohol-Free Drinks


Going Dry


In a society where the social and cultural weave has long been intertwined with alcohol consumption, an unexpected yet powerful trend is emerging. Mindbody research found that approximately 25% of people across all age groups have already adopted an alcohol-free lifestyle, incorporating it into their wellness routines, with an additional one in five considering making this significant lifestyle shift within the next year. This movement isn’t just about abstaining from alcohol – it’s a conscious decision towards a more mindful way of living, emphasizing the importance of health mental well-being, and even affecting environmental consciousness.

The growing trend reflects a deeper cultural shift towards mindful consumption and the recognition of alcohol’s impact on overall health. It’s challenging the age-old narrative that fun and socialization are predicated on alcohol consumption, fostering the emergence of alcohol-free social alternatives. This isn’t mere sobriety but a holistic approach to a healthier, more present lifestyle. It marks a pivotal change in societal norms, spotlighting the role of consumer choices in driving the wellness revolution.


Wearable Health Tech


In 2024, wearable health technology is poised to revolutionize how we monitor and manage our well-being. While smartwatches have been popular for tracking exercise and sleep, new advancements are taking us to the next level. Biometric rings now offer insights into sleep quality, while continuous glucose monitors provide real-time data on blood sugar levels. These innovations empower individuals to take charge of their health and receive personalized guidance from professionals.

This year marks a shift towards wearables that offer a deeper understanding of our bodies and health metrics. Biometric rings and continuous glucose monitors are leading the charge, providing insights once exclusive to medical facilities. As consumers seek more comprehensive health data, these wearables offer actionable insights that can inform better lifestyle choices. With the integration of wearable tech into daily life, we’re entering an era where personal wellness is more accessible and personalized than ever before.


Blue Zone Diets


In 2024, a significant dietary trend gaining momentum is inspired by the ethos of the “Blue Zones,” areas around the globe renowned for their high number of centenarians. This movement encourages a shift towards consuming more vegetables, engaging in community-supported agriculture, and frequenting farmer’s markets for fresh, whole, plant-based foods. A popular documentary series highlighted the importance of these habits, noting their role in nourishing the body and fostering community connections, and advocating for a slower pace of life amid our busy, modern routines.

This dietary trend is less about strict calorie counting and more about the culture of eating, emphasizing quality over quantity and local sourcing. It reflects a wider lifestyle shift that prioritizes community ties and a deeper connection with our food’s origins, aligning with the principles of longevity and health observed in the Blue Zones. By adopting these practices, individuals are improving their physical health and enriching their sense of community and well-being.


Embracing Health Trends in 2024


In conclusion, the health trends of 2024 reflect a holistic shift towards a more connected and informed approach to wellness. From prioritizing longevity and adopting alcohol-free lifestyles to integrating wearable health technology and embracing Blue Zone diets, these trends underscore a collective movement towards better health, mindfulness, and sustainability.

These changes are not just about individual choices – they represent a cultural evolution that challenges traditional norms and embraces a future where well-being and vitality are at the forefront of our lives. As we continue to innovate and adapt, the pursuit of health in 2024 is characterized by a deeper understanding and appreciation for the interconnectivity of our physical, mental, and environmental well-being.

Essential Oil Blends: How to Get the Most Out of Aromatherapy

In a world full of stress and unrest, the allure of aromatherapy has never been stronger. The soothing scents of essential oils enchant our senses and possess the power to heal, align, and invigorate. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of essential oils or just warming up to the world of aromatherapy, harnessing the full potential of these botanical wonders starts with knowing how to blend them.


Understanding Aromatherapy and the Art of Blending


At its heart, aromatherapy is the practice of using aromatic plant extracts, commonly known as essential oils, to promote holistic healing. These oils, derived from leaves, bark, peels, flowers, seeds, or even roots, contain the very essence of the plant, imbuing them with potent medicinal properties. Blending essential oils is akin to creating a symphony of healing, where the individual oils play a unique role in achieving a harmonious effect on your well-being.


The Benefits of Essential Oils


Before diving into the skill of blending, let’s explore the vast number of essential oils and their benefits. Oils like lavender aid in calming the mind and body, eucalyptus is a natural decongestant, and the uplifting scent of sweet orange can chase away the blues. Each oil serves a specific purpose, and by combining them thoughtfully, you can enhance their benefits and create a profound therapeutic experience.

For example, the crisp aroma of peppermint is known to relieve headaches, while the warm and spicy notes of cinnamon can help battle infections. When mixed with other oils, their properties can be broadened to improve many facets of life, including mental clarity, digestive health, and somatic well-being.


Aromatherapy Bottles with Different Essential Oils for Blending


How to Create the Best Essential Oil Blends


Blending essential oils is more than just mixing scents; it’s an art form that demands balance and cohesion. To ensure that your blend resonates with your desired intent, consider the following:


Aligning with Personal Goals

Begin with your objective. Are you crafting a blend to relax after a long day, or do you seek focus and mental clarity? Let your purpose guide your choice of oils. If the goal is to calm your mind, oils like chamomile, geranium, and lavender can work wonders. Or, if you’re looking for an energy boost, grapefruit, rosemary, and juniper can help invigorate your senses.


Harmonizing Scents and Intents

Pairing essential oils that share common benefits or properties can amplify their effects. For instance, combining grounding oils like sandalwood and patchouli with soothing lavender can create a blend that promotes better sleep and relaxation.


Finding the Right Ratio

When blending, the proportion of each oil is crucial. Typically, a balanced essential oil blend consists of a base note (the foundation of the blend, known for its long-lasting scent), a middle note (adds body to the blend, balancing the top and base notes), and a top note (the first scent you experience). A common ratio for a 10ml bottle is 30% base note, 50% middle note, and 20% top note, but adjust as needed for your personal preferences.


Essential Oil Combinations that Blend Beautifully


The key to crafting a memorable essential oil blend is understanding how different scents and properties complement each other. Here are some essential oils that play particularly well together:


  • Lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus form a formidable trio for cold and flu season. With its anti-inflammatory and sedative properties, lavender soothes the nerves, while eucalyptus’s cool, clear aroma opens the airways. Peppermint adds a refreshing note, uplifting the spirits.
  • Frankincense and bergamot make a delightful pair for anyone in pursuit of peace and tranquility. Frankincense, an age-old oil used in sacred rituals, promotes a sense of grounding, while bergamot’s citrus and floral notes help alleviate fear and despair.
  • Lemon, lime, and orange possess similar uplifting and purifying qualities. When combined, they create a tangy, refreshing blend that can elevate mood and dispel fatigue, helping reduce brain fog without needing the help of caffeine.


Woman Researching Best Essential Oil Combinations


Aromatherapy Blends for Health and Wellness


To get you started on your essential oil blending journey, here are a few tried-and-true recipes for day-to-day enhancement:


The Morning Blend

Awaken your senses each morning with this energizing blend:

  • 3 drops of Peppermint
  • 3 drops of Sweet Orange
  • 2 drops of Rosemary


The Pick-Me-Up Blend

A midday refresher to reinvigorate your spirits:

  • 3 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 3 drops of Peppermint
  • 2 drops of Lemon


The Stress-Be-Gone Roll-On

A calming roll-on blend for on-the-go relaxation:

  • 10ml of carrier oil such as sweet almond or jojoba
  • 4 drops of Patchouli
  • 3 drops of Lavender
  • 2 drops of Bergamot


The Bedtime Blend

For a peaceful night’s rest, prepare this blend:

  • 3 drops of Lavender
  • 2 drops of Frankincense
  • 1 drop of Roman Chamomile
  • 1 drop of Ylang Ylang


Woman Adding Essential Oil Blend to Clearlight AROMA ONE® Diffuser


Essential Oil Blending Do’s and Don’ts


While essential oils can be potent allies, they should be handled with care. Before you start blending, keep these guidelines in mind.


Do Your Dilutions

Never use undiluted essential oils on your skin, especially not on sensitive areas like the face or around mucous membranes. Always dilute them with a carrier oil, such as coconut, jojoba, or grapeseed oil.


Allergies and Sensitivities

Be aware of any allergies or health conditions you or anyone who may be using the blends may have. Some oils can trigger allergic reactions or interfere with medications, and some are dangerous for use around pets and children.


Quality Over Quantity

Invest in high-quality, pure essential oils. Synthetic oils lack the therapeutic benefits of natural ones and can even be harmful. Look for oils that are 100% pure and preferably organic.


Pregnant Pause

If you are pregnant or nursing, consult with a healthcare professional before using essential oils, as not all oils are safe for use during these times.


Patience is a Virtue

While your essential oil blend can be used immediately, allow your blend to rest and ‘mature’ for at least 24 hours before use for best results. This gives the oils time to meld and the scent profile to develop fully.


Inhale and Enjoy

Once you’ve created your essential oil blend, it’s time to enjoy it! If you’re on the go, a roller ball applicator can deliver quick aromatherapy on your wrists or temples. Or, have the scent fill the air and surround you in your own wellness sanctuary with the AROMA ONE® portable aromatherapy diffuser. Whether on your bedside table, at your desk, or in your infrared sauna, you can harness the benefits of essential oils wherever you go.


As you venture deeper into the aromatic world of essential oils, don’t be afraid to experiment. Essential oil blending is a highly personal art; what works for one might not resonate with another. Your unique blend is out there, waiting to be discovered – so dive in, trust your senses, and enjoy the olfactory symphony that is aromatherapy. Remember, in the world of essential oils, the nose knows the way.

Update Your Diet with these Immunity-Boosting Foods

In an era where health and wellness are top priorities, the focus on bolstering our immune systems couldn’t be more significant. Our bodies are constantly under attack from environmental toxins, pathogens, and stress, all of which can compromise our natural defense mechanisms. If you’re looking to help boost your immune system and have stronger protection against seasonal sickness, allergies, and more, some healthy diet changes can help make a huge difference. Read on to find tips for your diet to boost your immune system, along with some additional lifestyle tips.


The Role of Nutrition in Immunity


Your immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins designed to defend the body against infection. What you eat directly affects your immune system’s capabilities; therefore, a diet rich in certain nutrients is paramount. Specific foods can enhance immune responses and help the body fight infections more effectively. In contrast, a diet high in refined sugars and unhealthy fats can hamper your immune system’s functions.



An antioxidant-rich diet is a great way to boost your immune system naturally. Antioxidants are compounds that can neutralize free radicals, thereby protecting the body’s cells from damage. They also play an essential role in the immune system, enabling the body to fight harmful pathogens. Some of the most potent sources of antioxidants include berries, dark chocolate, and certain beans.


Vitamins and Minerals

Nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E, as well as the minerals zinc and selenium, have been shown to bolster immune health significantly. Foods rich in vitamin C, for instance, not only protect against immune system deficiencies but also offer a powerful defense against chronic diseases. Kiwi and citrus fruits like oranges are well-known sources of this essential vitamin. Focusing on a diet with these nutrients can help you maintain a strong immune system.


Woman Drinking Orange Juice with Vitamin C for Immunity Boost


Best Foods for Immune System Support


Now that we understand nutrition’s essential role in immunity, let’s explore how to incorporate immune-boosting foods into our daily diet. If you’re ready to fortify your immune defenses, the following list of foods to stock up on will serve as an excellent starting point. Adopting a diet rich in these elements will not only benefit your overall health but provide you with a line of defense that can ward off illnesses.


Citrus Fruits

Perhaps the poster children of immune health, citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are abundant in vitamin C and other essential nutrients and antioxidants. Enjoying a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning or incorporating lemon to season your meals can add a necessary kick to your immune system.


Leafy Greens

Popeye was onto something with his love for spinach. Vegetables like spinach, kale, and broccoli are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are vital for healthy immune functions. They can be used to create salads, smoothies, or as hearty sides to your main dish.


Lean Proteins

Lean proteins, such as chicken, turkey, and fish, are rich in iron and zinc. Both minerals aid in developing immune cells and can help the body defend against infections. Including these meats in a balanced diet will ensure you do not fall short on these critical nutrients.



Known for their high levels of vitamin C, which is a potent immune system booster, berries such as blueberries and strawberries are also rich in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants. These superfruits can easily be added to your breakfast, snack, or dessert and are a tasty way to improve your health.


Woman Eating Yogurt and Blueberries for Immune Support


Yogurt and Fermented Foods

Probiotics found in yogurt and other fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut can help regulate the immune system by balancing the gut microbiota. A healthy gut is key to a robust immune system, making fermented foods a must in any immune-supportive diet.


Nuts and Seeds

Almonds, sunflower seeds, and hazelnuts are excellent sources of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps immune cells function optimally and protect cells from damage. Seed and nut butters can easily be spread on toast or used in various recipes to pump up the nutrition.


Spices and Herbs

Garlic, turmeric, and ginger have long been used for their immune-boosting properties. They have anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects, making them excellent additions to soups, stews, and stir-fries, especially during flu season.



Certain teas, particularly green tea, contain powerful antioxidants like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that can enhance immune function. They also contain L-theanine, an amino acid that may aid in producing germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells.


Woman Using Infrared Sauna to Boost Immune System Naturally


Other Lifestyle Factors that Support Immunity


Diet is just one piece of the immunity puzzle. Additional lifestyle habits can also influence the body’s ability to resist diseases. Regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and stress management are critical to maintaining a strong immune system.


Infrared Sauna Use

Saunas offer various health benefits that help boost the immune system naturally. Infrared sauna use can help boost white blood cell production, create an artificial fever to improve immune cell efficiency, release impurities through sweat, reduce stress by balancing cortisol levels, and enhance blood circulation.


Stress Management

Chronic stress can suppress the immune system, making it difficult for your body to properly fight off antigens. Techniques such as meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, and deep breathing can reduce stress levels and promote a healthy immune response, leaving you feeling better mentally and physically.


The Power of Exercise

Regular physical activity can contribute to general good health and help your immune system protect you from illnesses. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, protects against various diseases, and improves sleep – all factors that affect immune system strength.


Quality Sleep for Health and Recovery

The body uses sleep as a time to rest and recover. During these periods, the immune system can produce and distribute infection-fighting antibodies and cells. Chronic sleep deprivation can impair your immune system and leave you more susceptible to infections, so getting an appropriate amount of sleep can help safeguard your body.


Incorporating these lifestyle habits along with an immune-boosting diet will create a synergy that can significantly enhance your body’s defense system. As you make these changes, it’s important to remember that no single food or supplement can prevent illness. Still, a well-rounded approach to nutrition and healthy living can help give your immune system the edge it needs to keep you healthy.


Embracing a diet filled with immune-boosting foods is just one step on the path to wellness. When combined with an active, health-conscious lifestyle, it becomes a formidable strategy for enhancing your overall health. Whether you’re looking to protect yourself during flu season or simply wish to improve your body’s resilience against everyday threats, you can take control of your health and feel the positive effects of a strengthened immune system.