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Sauna DIY

Sauna DIY

A powerful way to raise body temperature and sweat

Want to create a sauna experience at home and for free? Ever wonder how to induce a fever, how to raise body temperature to sweat out a cold?  I did, and I believe I have the answer. It’s a combination of principles that many of us know, wrapped into one hot and healing combo. 

Ok, it’s unorthodox, but therein lies the power! The principles we’re combining are 1) The towel and steam method 2) A hot bath 3) Bundle up 4) Drink hot fluids. All in one, and you can steam and sweat to your hearts delight. 

But what are the benefits of a sauna and sweat?


With temperatures of 80 Celsius or greater, saunas have been recommended for arthritisasthma and chronic fatigue, among other things, since they were used by nomads in Finland centuries ago. Some reputed benefits have not been examined, but there is evidence that saunas may speed recovery from colds and reduce their occurrence.

New York Times

Step 1: The hot bath

Begin with a bath as hot as you can tolerate. Bring along a kettle of boiled water and a mug for serious intake of hot fluids. Heat up as much as you can, and when you’re at maxiumum, put on another kettle of water. Get back in the tub and heat up again. 

Step 2: Bundle Up

Dry off from the bath and wrap yourself in layers of toasty clothes, sweaters, coats, whatever you like. I wrapped myself in a sheet, then a long, heavy, wool coat, and then a heap of wool blankets.


“The cure for anything is salt water – tears, sweat, or the sea.” 

Isak Dinesen

Step 3 (the golden secret): Sip and Steam

Include some salt or lime in your water, because in the sweating, you will want to replenish electrolytes. The magic trick here is to keep refilling your hot water. I kept the hot kettle in amongst the blankets for heat retention. Keeping the mouth of the cup near my nose, I exhaled into the heat to release waves of heat and humidity. In between the bursts of steam, I sipped the hot water until the kettle was empty. 

Let the heat overtake you

At this point, the heat and perspiration will be flowing in a full sauna immersion. The more you can breath and drink in the hot tea, the more profuse this sweat will be. By the end, this was as effective as proper sauna, and incredibly healing for the cold I was trying accelerate. After the home-made sauna, my body was in high-gear expelling the virus and I was on the fast-track to full health. 

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