It is really important to your health and self-care to find the time, or better yet, make the time to relax which can start with an aromatherapy bath. You can enhance the sensual experience of relaxation with an aromatherapy bath. Fragrant additions such as bath salts and a few drops of soothing essentials oils can provide the benefits of aromatherapy and soothe your skin.
There are many aromatherapy products available; bubble bath, pure essential oils, bath oils, soaps, bath salt. You can also buy an aromatherapy kit with all of these items in it. Essentials oils can be added to hot water.
A lavender scent is a good essential oil for an aromatherapy bath. When lavender is mixed in a nice warm bath, lavender oils helps alleviates stress, anxiety and promotes relaxation and a calming effect. It is a great muscle relaxant. This oil blends with most oils, especially good with citrus oils, chamomile and clary sage.
Use a bath tray along side the tub to prop a book or to hold a beverage. Surround the tub area with scented candles for more relaxing aromatherapy. Play some jazz or other soft music in the background transforming the bathroom into a miniature spa. Imagine yourself on a quiet tropical island relaxing on a lounge chair while you are inhaling the lavender scent surrounding and soothing your body.
Tips For Using Essential Oils in the Bath
As you begin using essential oils more often, one thing you might want to do is start using the oils in the bath. You can add it right to your bath water for aromatherapy, softer skin, and many other benefits. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to using the oils in the bath.
Use the Tap End For Direct Oils
There is some controversy about adding essential oils directly to the bath, related to whether or not they should be diluted first. This is really up to you and you should experiment first to see how your skin reacts. If you have extra sensitive skin, a current sunburn, or other skin issues, it is best to dilute them first. However, if you think your skin can handle it, try just a few drops added to the bath directly. Make sure they are added to the tap end of the bath, running them under the water first. Don’t use more than 3-5 drops if you are not using a carrier oil.
Consider Diluting it First
A safer option is of course to dilute your essential oils first by mixing them with a carrier oil before you add them to your bath. This will reduce skin sensitivity, but still allow you to moisturize your skin and get the aromatherapy benefits from the oils you decide to use. Try carrier oils like olive oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil to start with. If all you have is vegetable oil, you can use that, but other oil options are much better to use. You can also try liquid coconut oil if that’s all you have.
Try Different Combinations
Experiment a little when adding essential oils to your bath. Try adding some oils to a little milk, then pouring that in your bath. This gives you a nice soft, creamy bath that really helps your skin. You can try different carrier oils, or combine the oils with bath salts before adding them to the bath water. Try different oils, like lavender and rose for relaxation, chamomile to help you sleep better, or vetiver and frankincense for an entirely different bath experience.
When choosing the oils, think both of the scents you want to experience, and what the health benefits are. If your bath is for stress relief or anxiety, the oils might be different than when your muscles are sore and tired.