Using essential oils in the bath
Who doesn’t love a bath? Feeling weightless in a giant tub of warm water can be both relaxing and refreshing.
Taking a bath is a wonderful way to help shut out the world around you and just focus on some much-needed alone time, but most people look for ways to enhance this experience.
Sometimes that’s adding bubbles, a bath bomb, lighting some candles – or our personal favorite, adding a few drops of essential oil!
Using essential oils during a bath can enhance the experience by making it even more restorative. But how do you go about this?
That’s where we come in. Today, we’re going to teach you everything you need to know about creating an essential oil blend for your next bathtime – whether it’s for you or your kids!
We’ll share some carrier oil & essential oil options we recommend, along with a few essential oil recipes you can try for yourself. Let’s dive right in!
How To Use Essential Oils In Bath
Using essential oils in the bath is just as simple as using any other product you might have added in the past – Epsom salts, bubbles, you name it. It’s just a matter of determining what recipe you want to use!
This will come down to what you’re looking to get out of the bath – we’ll explain how your specific essential oils and carrier oil factor into that now. Then at the end, we’ll share some of our favorite recipes you can give a try yourself!
One key takeaway we want you to have is that essential oils are fat-soluble and need to be mixed with a carrier before adding to water or they will not disperse correctly. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite carrier oil options.
Which Carrier Oil Should I Use For My Bath Recipe?
When choosing a carrier for your essential oils, you often want to look at your goal. In a bath, you might be wanting to get clean, moisturized, or even attain pain relief.
What you decide to dilute with can also help your outcome. Unscented soap or bubble bath is a great option when you are just looking to foam up a bit and wash the dirt away.
Adding about 5-7 drops of essential oil to 1 tablespoon of soap is safe for children and 10-15 drops for adults.
After mixing the Essential Oils in with the soap or oil pour it into the stream from the faucet as the bath fills. This will help it all disperse into the water.
If you plan on using salts like Epsom or Sea Salt, you should know that the salts alone do not solubilize the Essential Oils.
It is recommended that you use soap or a carrier oil first and then add your salts to that mixture. This is a great idea for inflammation as salts can be great for calming body aches.
When using Epsom Salts along with an anti-inflammatory oil blend, you can get amazing relief from pain.
Oftentimes, pre-made bath bombs can be a good option as well. Just make sure that they are made utilizing a carrier oil and not just baking soda or cornstarch.
Which Essential Oils Should I Use In The Bath?
Almost any Essential Oils can be used in a bath if you do it the safe way, but some oils are much more irritating to the skin than others. “Hot” oils are not usually the best idea for bathing as they can be harsher and more sensitizing.
This includes Essential Oils like Cinnamon, Clove, or Thyme. If you do choose to use any of these, make sure it’s in a really low dilution. If you plan on using a blend like Protect in the bath to guard against a pending cold, it might be best to only use about 3-5 drops of the blend in your carrier.
For aches and pains, soaking in a tub with anti-inflammatory Essential Oils is a great idea for relieving discomfort caused by sore muscles, backaches, or even joint pain.
One of REVIVE’s absolute favorites for pain is our Sore No More Blend. This cooling and soothing synergy are perfect for taming inflammation.
There are also many single oils that you could use to create your own soreness-busting essential oil blend. Eucalyptus, Ginger, Chamomile, Peppermint, or Thyme are good options to utilize when making your pain-relieving bath blend.
If relaxation is what you seek, several Essential Oils could benefit you while bathing. Calming oils like Lavender, Frankincense, Tangerine, or Cedarwood can be blended or added as single oils to encourage an extra boost of stress relief.
Alternatively, you could use one of REVIVE’s synergy blends that are already created for you. A great money-saving set you could purchase called Worry-Free includes 3 uber relaxing oils. Check out this DIY recipe below.
DIY Essential Oil Bath Recipes
Ready to start using essential oils in the bath, but not entirely sure how to go about it? That’s the fun part – once you understand the ratios of which certain essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil, you can create your own unique essential oil blends!
In the meantime, we’ve put together two really awesome recipes you can try to concoct yourself using some of the essential oils we listed above.
Calm the Kiddos Essential Oil Bath Blend
- 1 Tablespoon Unscented Bubble Bath
- 3 Drops Tangerine Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 Drop Cedarwood Essential Oil
Mix the essential oils with the bubble bath, then pour into the stream of water as the bath fills. Safe for ages 2 and up.
Flame Fighter Essential Oil Bath Blend
- 1 Tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
- 1 Cup Epsom Salts
- 5 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 4 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 4 Drops Ginger Essential Oil
Mix the Essential Oils with the grapeseed oil, then stir the salts into the oil blend. Add to the warm stream of water as the bath is running. Take care not to get into your eyes.
Final Thoughts On Using Essential Oils In Bath
Now that you know how to use essential oils in the bath, you can grab your favorite products and create your own recipe, or follow one of the two we outlined above!
When you shop at Revive, you’ll get 100% therapeutic-grade essential oils that can offer incredibly healing properties. We even have diffusers for aromatherapy and roll-on essential oils for on-the-go relief!
No matter what you need, you’ll find it in our catalog – at the best prices online, and backed by our 100% money-back guarantee. Give an essential oil bath a try for yourself and see what the hype is about.