Use Essential Oils to Make Luxury and Healing Bath at Home

7:17 PM Posted by Jo Pedranti


Using essential oils in the bath is one of the most enjoyable and effective methods of aromatherapy. The oil is absorbed through the skin, and the essential oils are also easily inhaled due to the warm water causing the oils to evaporate.  You can use essential oils in a bath to revitalize the spirits, help reduce stress, or fight colds.


According to Battaglia, an aromatherapy bath can:
  • relieve mental and physical fatigue
  • calm the nervous system
  • clear heat, fever, and inflammation
  • reduce pain and inflammation
  • enhanced removal of metabolic wastes
  • improve circulation of blood and lymph
This time of the year is perfect for blending some essential oils with a suitable carrier in your bath. It is getting darker earlier in the evening, and it is less inviting to be outside for longer period of times. So, why don't you pamper yourself with a relaxing and healing bath? There is no need to spend a lot of money to go to a day spa when you can make a healing and relaxing bath at home. And, better yet, you don't have to go outside to go home when you are done.

Dispersion is important because most essential oils will float on the surface and may burn the skin. Essential oils can be blended with a variety of things to make an inviting bath.

The following are some suggestions of items to use, which you may already have at home:
Basic Bath:
Add about 8-12 drops of essential oils or blend to a full bath.

Dispersions:
Here is information of suitable dispersions and the amount needed for a full bath. Make sure you blend the essential oils with the dispersion agent before adding it to the bath.

Castile Soap Quick bath: 2 teaspoons bubble bath: ¼ cup plus ¼ cup glycerine. Cleans skin, prevents tub ring, disperses essential oils. Can be drying to the skin.

Massage Oil 1/4 cup.
Moisturizes lightly, disperses essential oils. Agitates the bath water. Be sure not to slip.





I found this beautiful bottle at Hobby Lobby the other day and I thought it was perfect for the bath oil my children use.  I quickly mixed 4 oz. of apricot peach kernel oil and 20 drops of an essential oil blend of Tangerine (Citrus nobilis), orange (Citrus aurantium), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) and blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum).

I use very little and not more than a couple of teaspoons in their bath,
 but they feel very special when I use fancy bottles.

More ideas and recipes for using essential oils in baths.



Jojoba Oil 1/8 of a cup.
Moisturizes deeply and heals.

Epsom Salt 1/3 to 2 cups
Detoxifies the body, eases muscle pain and joint aches, disperses essential oils. Do not use in cases of low blood pressure. Mix with essential oils before adding to water.

Sea Salts 1/3 to 2 cups
Detoxifies, heals eczema, remineralizes the body, disperses essential oils. Use caution in cases of high or low blood pressure. Mix with essential oils before adding to water.

Dead Sea Salt 1/3 to 2 cups
Detoxifies, heals eczema, remineralizes the body, disperses essential oils. Use caution in cases of high or low blood pressure. Mix with essential oils before adding to water.

Hydrated Bentonite Clay ½ to 2 cups
Detoxifying. May absorb smell of essential oils.

Kelp 1/8 cup
Detoxifies, contains minerals. Has a strong smell.

Honey 1/8 cup
Conditions skin, disperses essential oils. Mix with essential oils before adding to the water.

Milk 3 cups or more
Conditions skin, disperses essential oils. Mix with essential oils before adding to the water. Do not use if Candida is present.

Apple Cider Vinegar ½ to 2 cups
Conditions skin, detoxifies.

As you can see, it is not hard to make a luxury and healing bath with ingredients you may already have at home. Be sure to look over the essential oil safety page to make sure that the oils you use are safe for you. You find more ideas and recipes for using essential oils in baths here.
Also, be cautious when you use citrus oils such as lemon or spice oil such as cinnamon, and peppermint. These oils can easily irritate the skin.


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Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives.
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