You have had a long day at work, and all you want to do is to run a bath, soak in and go off to la-la land.
And you do just that – you have run a bath, and that’s when you remember it – you can put a few drops of essential oils in your bath, after all, why are they for?
Wait – before you do that, just stop for a minute.
Don’t just simply put essential oils in your bath – did you think that you can soak on after adding a few drops of essential oils?
And that’s where you are doing it completely wrong – instead of the stress-relieving, mind-soothing bath that you had hoped, your bath time will turn into a torture session.
Listen to this – of course, if you have bought essential oils, then, you must know that they are powerful stuff, and using the wrong ones can put you in a lot of trouble – just try adding peppermint essential oil to your bath, and you will know what we are talking about.
So, then, what is the right way?
Putting essential oils in your bath is not that hard, you only need to know a few tricks that will transform your soak time in a heavenly session plus you will also get to know the three best combos of essential oils that you can’t help but go ‘aaahhh’.
Ready? Then, let’s go!!
Before opening the cap of the vials of essential oils, here’s what you should know about.
You should never add essential oils directly in the bathwater
…or else it will spell doom for you.
Despite the fancy name ‘essential oils’, in the end, they are just oils, and when it comes to oils, you know that oils and water don’t get along together.
So, it will be a mistake to just add essential oils directly in the bathwater as they are not soluble in oil, and if you do just that, think of what will happen to you if you get in the bathwater. Since the essential oils will just sit above the water, and if you get in the water, the drops of essential oils will adhere to your skin – and then, it will just as if you had applied the essential oil directly on to your skin.
So not an ideal situation – they will irritate and burn your skin.
You should always combine essential oils with a carrier oil first
When using essential oils during your bath time, you will want them to be dispersed throughout the water, and not sit on top of the water, right?
And the best way to do that is to combine the essential oils with a carrier oil first. Also known as vegetable oils, there are many carrier oils can go for, but what we suggest is that to pick one that will suit your skin.
Not all skin type is considered equal – basically, there are four main types of skin, and that are normal skin, dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin.
For normal skin, any type of carrier oils will suit them such as coconut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil and such. For dry skin and combination skin types, baobab oil will work wonders, and for oily skin, hazelnut oil will best suit them since oily skin loves astringent carrier oils.
For a single bath, three to ten drops of essential oils in three teaspoons (15 ml) will work best and is sufficient enough to create a very aromatic bath. Also, one more point to be noted is that after mixing the essential oils with the carrier oils, add them to the bathwater, and stir the bathwater gently that will help to circulate the oils evenly.
Take note of what essential oils to use
…and that’s important.
You are not suggested to use just any essential oils for your bath – you know, just because you love the scent of a particular essential oil, it doesn’t mean that it will do good to your body – think cinnamon and peppermint essential oils.
Even if you use a carrier oil to mix your essential oils, some essential oils are just too potent, they can still irritate the skin and mucous membranes, and hence, it’s recommended to avoid essential oils such as cinnamon, clove, savory, peppermint, spearmint, oregano, thyme (you can go for the linalool type) and wintergreen.
Instead, it’s advised that you should opt for skin-loving essential oils such as chamomile, rose, and lavender essential oils.
Don’t add essential oils after running the water
Okay, so, you are feeling a bit lazy, we get that, but that still doesn’t mean that you will add the essential oils to your tub when the water is running.
If you do that, the running water will cause the essential oils to escape the bath, and you can guess what will happen next, right? The essential oils will scent the bathroom instead.
What you should do, then?
To get the best of the essential oils, fill your tub with water first, then turn it off, and only then, add the essential oils, but mixing it with a carrier oil first, as mentioned before.
Make sure you watch out for a slippery tub
Adding a carrier oil and essential oil is all good to go, they will hydrate your skin, but you are missing out on one important point – all the oils can make your tub into a slippery zone.
It is suggested that you take extra care when you are getting out of the bath and make sure that you clean it afterward to prevent any nasty accidents happening. You can take the help of either castile soap or baking soda – they work as great de-greasers.
Now, that you know what and what you shouldn’t do when it comes to essential oils, it’s time to pick up the best essential oils combos that you can pick up to make your bathing experience a truly relaxing one.
For a mood-boosting session
Add in 5 drops of lemon, 3 drops of rosemary and 2 drops of thyme linalool. Combine the essential oils with three teaspoons of carrier oil and then, add them to the bathwater.
For relaxing the muscles
Add in 5 drops of marjoram, 4 drops of lemongrass and 3 drops of lavender. Combine the essential oils with three teaspoons of carrier oil and then, add them to the bathwater.
For a truly relaxing experience
Add in 5 drops of lavender, 4 drops of either Roman chamomile or German chamomile and 3 drops of frankincense. Combine the essential oils with three teaspoons of carrier oil and then, add them to the bathwater.