Using Essential Oils at Bathtime
When you add essential oils to your bath, you may be expecting a time of unparalleled bliss. But beware, carelessness with your choice and application of oils can lead to misery instead of relaxation. So instead of wildly throwing thing together and seeing if it works, have a read of our guide into the best essential oils at bathtime.
It’s important not to use essential oils in the bath when:
- You have scratches or broken skin
- You are pregnant
- You are breastfeeding
- You are bathing an infant under 1 year of age
It’s also vitally important to remember that children under 12 and pets can be affected by the diffusing of essential oils. Please bear in mind who is around you when you use your essential oils.
Dilute Your Oils
Failing to properly dilute your oils prior to use can lead to tremendous skin irritation. This is because when oils are used in water, they stay separated and cling to any surface they can find, like your skin.
Because hot water makes your skin more susceptible to irritation, you may find that you react more to undiluted oils when in the bath.
To properly use essential oils during your bathtime, I would recommend combining your chosen essential in a carrier like coconut or jojoba oil. An ideal mixture for a singular bath would be 8 drops of essential oil, added to a tablespoon (15ml) of carrier oil. Depending on your preference, you can adjust the amount of essential oil by up to 3 drops.
What Oils Should I Add?
The oils you add to your bath all depend on what you want to experience. If you want to be relaxed then you’re going to need a different combination of oils than if you want to boost your mood.
Personally, I would suggest making up large combinations of these blends so that you are able to simply add several drops to the carrier oil just before use. This makes the entire process hassle-free, which is perfect when all you want to do is just hop in the bath.
The blends below are designed for 1 bath, and to be combined with 15ml of carrier oil.
- 4 drops lavender
- 3 drops clary sage
- 2 drops orange
This beautiful blend should help to relax your body and mind, while also providing a mood-boosting effect thanks to the orange.
- 3 drops sandalwood
- 2 drops orange
- 2 drops frankincense
This trinity of oils is perfectly suited to help anxieties and stresses simply melt away. An excellent choice when struggles in life seem to be a little tougher than usual.
Deep Muscle Soak
- 3 drops marjoram
- 3 drops lemongrass
- 3 drops lavender
Using this blend is absolutely ideal after a long day of work, as it can help your muscles to shed some of their aches and pains more quickly.
If you’re interested in trying multiple blends or creating your own, I’d suggest the Luxury Aromatherapy Essential Oils Set. Since it comes with a recipe book too, there are plenty of new ideas for you to try.
Of course, you’re free to play around and develop your own blends of oils to use in your bath. When you do though, make sure to look at the effects of the oils you’re using. The menthol effect of peppermint, for instance, can be very bracing, and completely ruin any attempt at relaxation.
When to Add
So you’ve got your mixture, but when should you add it to have the best effect? Adding your oils too early can mean all those lovely smells and effects have evaporated by the time you get in.
Your best bet is to hold off adding the oils until a couple of minutes before you get in. This way, they can begin to release their gorgeous vapours into the air and you’ll be able to experience maximum comfort when you take a soak.
Don’t forget to give the water a quick swirl, so that the oils aren’t all in one place. You ideally want the oil to be spread around the water, rather than clustered in one area.
This is because when it’s spread out, you’re more likely to experience the effects of the oil across your entire body. When the oils are clustered, they may not even disperse properly, making all of your efforts into creating a wonderful bath, nearly useless.
Step it Up a Notch
If you’re intent on creating the best possible bathroom experience for yourself, then why not grab a little speaker, and play some wondrous spa sounds. Spa music is especially relaxing and combined with the aromatic effects of the essential oils, you can really create an incredibly indulgent experience.
Once you’ve had your bath, you might be feeling tired and relaxed. It’s important, however, that you make sure you exit the bath carefully. The essential and carrier oils can leave your bathtub quite slippery.
If you have any sort of support, make sure that you use it when getting out. It’s also best to have a fabric bathmat nearby that you can easily step onto, as this will make you far less likely to slip.
Make sure to clean your bathtub in between uses. A small squeeze of washing up liquid works an absolute treat and getting rid of the grease.
So now you know all you need to have a fabulous bathtime experience. What blend will you try first? Let us know what you think, or if you’ve developed your own blend that’s too good not to share!