Using Essential Oils In A 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. Using Essential Oils during a bath can enhance the experience by making it even more restorative.
One important thing to remember when using Aromatherapy in a bath is that Essential Oils are fat soluble and need to be mixed with a carrier before adding to water when using topically or they will not disperse correctly. This is very simple to do in a bath as there are many things that can easily be used as the carrier.
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. If you are looking more for replenishing moisture, using a vegetable or seed oil is a great option. Use the same ratio as the soap, but add the EO’s to Sweet Almond Oil or Grapeseed Oil. 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. Often times, 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.
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 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 from sore muscles, back aches, or even joint pain. One of REVIVE’s absolute favorites for pain is our Sore No More Blend. This cooling and soothing synergy is perfect for taming inflammation. There are also many single oils that you could use to create your own soreness busting 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, there are several Essential Oils that could benefit you while bathing. Calming oils like Lavender, Frankincense, Tangerine, or Cedarwood can be blended together 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.
Flame Fighter 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.