What are the various benefits and pleasures of using essential oils in the bath? Here I take a look at a range of oils to enhance your bath time experience, some essential, some just pure luxury.
There are many benefits to using essential oils in the bath. From relaxation to muscle relief and recovery and general well-being, essential oils have been in use fora long time. This guide will outline the benefits and how to use oil in the bath. Also, the precautions you should take.
Here’s what you need to know BEFORE using essential oils in the bath.
Essential oils are potent things. That’s not to say they are dangerous, but there are some precautions you should exercise before using them.
The main mistake people make is buying some essential oil and dropping it straight into the bathwater. What do we all know?
Yes! Oil and water do not mix. Therefore the drops of oil added this way will float on the top of the water. What you will experience is undiluted essential oil on your skin, which can irritate. Not what you were looking for, I am sure.
Use a Carrier Oil or Buy Bath Ready Oil
If you would prefer to take the hassle out of mixing your own, scroll down the page for a list of ready-made products to buy.
A safely tested mixture would include around ten drops of your essential oil, combined with a carrier oil. A carrier oil like Apricot Kernal, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, or Grapeseed would be excellent choices.
Now, read this before you run off and do it! The oil will still not mix with the water, but what you will have is a diluted version that you can run on your skin while in the bath that should not irritate.
And something else you probably know already, but I will repeat for the sake of safety. Oil in the bath is slippery, so be careful. We don’t want any knocks or worse by slipping out of the tub.
Use Oil That won’t irritate your skin
Some essential oils do not belong in the bath with you.
Avoid the following oils and skin issues.
- Black Pepper
H3 Check with your physician about using essential oil if you have a skin condition. He may advise against it, in which case, you may be better avoiding them altogether, and checking my other tips for a relaxing bath.
What are Essential Oils?
Produced from the plant or other sources, after which they are named essential oils, are used for a range of purposes. A process of distillation derives them either from a form of cooking or cold-pressing. Always choose organic essential oils when buying to ensure its purity.
How do Essential Oils Work?
Mostly used as aromatherapy products, they work in conjunction with your sense of smell. The inhalation of these scents can stimulate areas of your brain that play a part in how you feel. This comes through functions like your heart rate and blood pressure, which in turn help regulate your breathing.
Which Essential Oils are Good for Baths?
Look out for the following essential oil products, which are generally safe to use and the most popular. They have a range of benefits from calming your nervous system, relieving anxiety and stress or lessen insomnia.
- Clary Sage
What essential oils are good for sore muscles in the bath?
Camomile or lavender are both excellent essential oils to use for relaxing muscles. Chamomile can also help with insomnia, while lavender will also aid stress relief and calm anxiety.
How do you use Lavender Oil in the bath?
Mix your lavender oil with some Epsom salts, add to the water and agitate vigorously for effective distribution. It will have excellent results for muscle relaxation, and to melt away any stress you have brought to the bathtub.
You can also do the same for a relaxing foot bath. Your feet will feel like new.
Can you use essential oils in the shower?
You can use essential oils in the shower for sure. And with a couple of hacks, it is far more straightforward than you think.
You don’t even have to go for melts or shower bombs. They are easy enough to buy or also make yourself. Don’t be tempted to use a bath bomb, it doesn’t work at all. here is an easier way.
And we all love easy, right?
Now, plopping a few drops on the floor of the shower isn’t going to work. Not for long anyway. Once the water hits them, they will be running down the drain before you know it, and your essential oil shower experience will be over.
Set yourself up with your favorite essential oil, or the bland you need to suit your mood.
You may need a dropper for the next part as you are going to take a few drops and get them on the wall of the shower, well away from the running water. A few splashed here, and there are not going to flush them away as quickly as if on the shower base.
You can also add some to a cloth and hang that over a convenient hook, tap or shower control somewhere close by.
Don’t forget to thoroughly rinse the walls where the oils were at the end of the shower to keep it fresh and clean