Updated 19th March, 2017
PLEASE READ FIRST – How to protect yourself from breathing ozone
What is an ozone sauna?
What equipment you need
How to put it together
How to use it / Settings
What kind of sauna can be used as an ozone sauna?
Are foldable saunas toxic?
Super Saver Tip: Ozone compatible sauna for around $100
Hard-shell ozone saunas
Paola’s Tip for heat intolerant people
Risks and how to avoid them
WHAT IS AN OZONE SAUNA?
An ozone sauna is a type of a box which allows for the person’s head to remain outside. It prevents the person sitting in the sauna from breathing in ozone. It induces sweat and allows for ozone to penetrate the skin. Steam saunas are the most common types of ozone saunas. Steam comes in from one side, creates heat, and induces perspiration. Ozone comes in through the other side and is absorbed through the open pores of the skin.
It’s also possible to use infrared saunas as ozone saunas. Unfortunately, only few infrared saunas have wire linings which are resistant to ozone.
It’s possible to turn most portable sauna tents into ozone saunas.
Click on the links in the description below the video in Youtube. They will direct you to shops where you can buy the presented or equivalent equipment.
Oxygen source: Either an oxygen tank or an oxygen concentrator can be used. Ozone saunas require a relatively high flow of oxygen of around 0.5 LPM (=1/2 LPM). The heat inside the sauna continuously destroys a lot of ozone, so a higher volume of ozone is required to make up for the constant destruction.
Because of the relatively high flow, more oxygen is used up. For ozone saunas, oxygen concentrators offer an advantage over oxygen tanks because they cannot run out of oxygen.
Ozone generator: Use a generator which uses ozone resistant materials in the air chamber, uses oxygen from an oxygen concentrator or an oxygen tank, can reliably produce stable ozone concentrations at given oxygen flows, and does not exceed ozone concentrations of 80 ug/ml. For ozone saunas it should be able to generate ozone concentrations between 20 and 40 ug/ml (gamma) at 0.5 LPM of oxygen flow.
Accessory: This would be the sauna box itself. Ideal are hard shell saunas. Foldable, mobile saunas also work very well. Infrared saunas are trickier since most seem to contain parts which are not ozone resistant like the linings of wires or heater panels.
Some foldable sauna models already come with a stool. If that’s not the case, you will need to purchase a stool or chair to sit inside the sauna, adequate for your height and weight. Wooden or steel stools can be used for that purpose.
The extra long silicone tubing is needed to bridge the distance between ozone generator and sauna.
Extras: Towels. Ozone will bleach most textiles, so either use old or white towels. You will need one towel to put on the seat inside the sauna, another one to put around your neck, and (depending on the type of sauna you will use) more towels to put on the bottom of the sauna to soak up the water.
Different ozone generators require different attachments. For an overview of the different connectors and tubing, please read this page first.
1. Assemble your ozone sauna according to the instructions of the given model.
2. Take the clear PVC oxygen tubing and connect one end with the oxygen concentrator output. The other end goes onto the ozone generator “oxygen in” port.
3. Take the milky silicone tubing, connect it to the “ozone out” port of the ozone generator. Drop the other end of the silicone tubing through the neck or arm hole of the assembled ozone sauna.
4. If you’re gonna use a fan, place the fan in front of the sauna.
5. Plug everything into electric outlets. You will need four: one for the oxygen concentrator, one for the ozone generator, one for the steam pot of the sauna, and one for the fan.
Oxygen flow: 0.5 LPM = 1/2 LPM
Ozone concentration: 20 to 40 ug/ml (gamma)
Duration: ideal are 30 minutes, but some people need to work up to it slowly.
Extras: old or white towels (ozone will bleach everything)
1. Make sure everything is plugged into an electrical outlet.
2. Pour water into the steamer pot of the sauna, set it at around 40 min, and wait until it starts to boil.
3. Once the water is boiling and steam is coming out of the sauna, turn the oxygen concentrator on and set it at 0.5 LPM.
4. If you’re using a fan, place it in front of the sauna and turn it on. It should be aimed at your face to blow away any ozone which will be escaping through the neck hole. You can wear a mask instead of using a fan.
5. Get undressed.
6. Turn the ozone generator on. If it has an output dial, set it at around 20 gamma.
7. Get an extra towel and wrap it around your neck.
8. Step inside the sauna, zip it up. Remain in the sauna for 30 min or whatever feels comfortable to you.
9. Once the time is up, step out of the sauna, turn the ozone generator off, and then the oxygen concentrator. Dry the sauna. You can put the fan so that it points into the empty sauna to make it dry faster.
10. It’s recommended to take a shower afterwards. It will help minimize the typical “ozone sauna rash”.
Any sauna which satisfies the following four criteria can be used as an ozone sauna:
1) Your head remains outside of the sauna (to be able to breathe air instead of ozone. Breathing ozone should be avoided as much as possible during ozone treatments.)
2) It generates enough heat to make you sweat. (Theoretically, both steam and infrared saunas can be used but there are only few infrared saunas which are made entirely of ozone compatible materials. Most cheap, foldable infrared saunas can contain non-ozone resistant wire linings and heaters which can get destroyed by ozone and in rare instances cause fires.)
3) It offers an opening through which you can introduce the ozone output hose. Usually, the ozone output is slipped into the sauna through the neck hole. Some saunas have extra zippers for hands which can also be used.
4) It is made of ozone compatible material. Hard shell saunas made from fiberglass or acrylic offer the ideal solution. Foldable cloth saunas have proven to be surprisingly ozone resistant and offer a great and affordable alternative.
Full body walk-in-saunas should not be used for ozone therapy because they do not allow to leave the head outside of the steam/ozone mixture, hence they make it impossible not to breathe in ozone, something which should be avoided during ozone treatments.
Many people worry that the foldable sauna tents might emit toxic chemicals which could then be absorbed through the skin.
Fact is that most portable saunas are made of PVC cloth or are lined with PVC. PVC is a very ozone resistant material which is used in Germany in medical ozone applications. It’s certified as an ozone safe material by the most stringent regulations.
Fact is also that many of the simple sauna tents will emit a strong chemical scent when new. An effective way to get rid of the smell is to run ozone through it. After 30 min the scent is in most cases gone.
There are many people (me included) who have used the simple foldable saunas for ozone purposes for years. Even after hundreds of ozone applications, the saunas remain intact.
You can find a wide variety of foldable steam saunas on either amazon or ebay. Just stick the ozone output tube of your ozone generator through the neck or arm hole, and voila! you have yourself a super low budget ozone sauna.
- Amazon: run a search for “foldable steam sauna tent“. Most of the saunas with a silvery shiny cloth are lined with PVC inside which makes them very ozone resistant. Pick the one you like the best or the one which fits your budget.
- Ebay. This model combines a super easy and quick setup with the typical silver cloth which has proven to be remarkably ozone resistant. Use a mask for maximum ozone protection.
The crème de la crème of ozone saunas are hard shell saunas. They are made of glass fiber or acrylic, are highly ozone resistant, and cost several thousand dollars.
Once set up, they can be used virtually indefinitely. They require more space than foldable saunas. They are often seen in Wellness spas or offices of ozone therapists. They provide the utmost comfort with the best quality materials.
Some people are very heat intolerant and can’t be inside a sauna for longer than a few minutes. A great solution for those situations, which allows to take advantage of the full skin ozone contact without being exposed to excessive heat, is the ozone body suit:
The ozone body suit a big bag endowed with a zipper, which allows to cover the entire body, excluding the head. It’s made of highly ozone resistant PEVA material. The body’s natural sweat is trapped inside the bag and creates an environment in which the skin remains constantly moist. Ideally combined with an electric heat blanket underneath, it allows for ozone to penetrate the warm and wet skin.
Heat intolerance is usually a sign of impaired adrenals. Adrenal insufficiency is a good indication to check for mercury poisoning.
Risk: extremely itchy, sometimes oozing rash, mostly over the abdomen and back. Usually looks like small red dots, but can also look like slightly bigger red round circles or streaks.
- once the rash sets in reduce frequency, ozone concentration and/or length of time of the saunas, but do not stop entirely
- apply a stream of hot and cold water to the itching skin for a few minutes each
- apply any of the following:
- previous stroke (this is for saunas in general, not exclusively ozone saunas)
- pregnancy (this is for saunas in general, not exclusively ozone saunas)
- transplanted organ (ozone is known to stimulate the immune system which could lead to a rejection of the foreign organ)
- hyperthyroidism (light forms of hyperthyroidism are not a contraindication; more severe, untreated cases could be problematic. Ozone is known to stimulate hormone production, but also to be a hormone modulator.)
- G6PD or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, also known as favism. One assumes that ozone could be dangerous with this rare genetic condition since affected patient lack an enzyme which is crucial for an important ozone induced biochemical reaction. Without this enzyme, ozone administration could lead to an uncontrolled destruction of blood cells. It’s interesting to know that this contraindication seems to be more a theoretical nature, since there is not one documented case of ozone having caused uncontrolled bleeding in a G6PD patient (at least not to my knowledge. If anyone does know of such a case, please contact me at thepowerofozone @ gmail.com). On the contrary, Prof. Velio Bocci reports in his book “Ozone – A New Medical Drug” of a woman with G6PD who actually benefited from ozone. Nevertheless, it’s better to err on the side of caution and not administer ozone with this known genetic disorder.
None of the ozone generators presented on this website have been approved for medical purposes. Any application of the machines for other than water purification is at the sole risk of the user.
Information provided is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. No health claims for these products have been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nor has the FDA nor any other medical authority approved these products to diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. Since every person is unique, we highly recommend you to consult with your licensed health care practitioner about the use of ozone products in your particular situation. Neither The Power of Ozone nor the manufacturers of these items are responsible for the misuse of this equipment. It is highly advised to receive professional council from a licensed doctor before using Ozone Therapy on yourself.
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