Bathing is a Great Way to Enjoy the Benefits of Essential Oils
If you’ve read how I used a rose essential oil in an aromatherapy bath to treat my migraines, then you’ll have a hint of the effectiveness of adding essential oils to bath water and immersing yourself in the healing waters. However, there are some technical reasons bathing in essential oils is so effective, also some precautions you should use.
How and Why the Aromatherapy Bath Works
Baths allow the essential oils to enter the body in two different ways; through the skin and by inhaling the fragrance in the steam. The warm water opens the pores and allows the healing properties of the essential oils to quickly enter the bloodstream. Additionally, relaxing in a warm bath soothes the mind and allows tension to flow out of the body.
How to Use the Aromatherapy Bath
Fill up the tub with warm-to-hot water, adding about four to six drops of an essential oil blend…
The reason I say “blend” is that essential oils are so potent, that full-strength oils, floating on the top of the bath water could be a bit much. So dilute your essential oil in a carrier oil before adding it to your bathwater. Add the essential oils to your tub just before you get in to prevent too much evaporation.
- Next, prepare your skin by dry-brushing your skin with a natural-fiber brush; this will open the pores and remove dead skin cells.
- While soaking in the tub, massage your skin with gentle, circular motions to bring the blood to the surface faster.
- Don’t bathe for too long, not only will the water cool, but after about 20 minutes you end up drying out the skin.
- Don’t bathe on a full stomach or after a meal to avoid getting an upset stomach.
- Help yourself to relax by using a bath pillow or a rolled up towel to support your head and neck against the end of the tub.
- After bathing, make sure you relax for at least an hour to allow the therapeutic properties of the essential oils really work.
Applications of the Aromatherapy Bath
Almost any number of essential oils can be used effectively in a bath; however, a few do particularly well.
- Rosemary Essential Oil – with a scent reminiscent of eucalyptus, which some of the congestion-relieving properties, when used in a tub, rosemary essential oil opens nasal passages, clears bronchial tubes, acts as an expectorant and relieves the urge to cough. It also aids in circulation and helps ease the aches and pains associated with fever. CAUTION: Don’t use in the bath if you have low blood pressure, as it acts to lower blood pressure.
Tea Tree Essential Oil – Have a cold? Adding tea tree oil to your
bath is a great way to strengthen a weakened immune system. The
antiviral properties of Melaleuca alternifoliaI will also help
kick that nasty cold in the butt. Other uses for tea tree oil include
athlete’s foot and ringworm, nasal congestion, bug bites and even burns.
Thyme Essential Oil – Is an immune stimulant, and also acts to boost the metabolism, while warming and energizing the whole body. With its antibacterial properties it’s ideal for colds, flu and bronchitis, as well as those achy joints that you get with such infections.
Recipes for the Aromatherapy Bath
To boost your immunity, mix the following and add to your bath:
- 5 drops each of Eucalyptus and Thyme essential oils
- 2 drops of Tea Tree
- 1 tablespoon each of: olive oil, gin or vodka, and honey
To fight sinus infections, mix the following and add to your bath:
- 4 drops each of Spike Lavender , Peppermint, and Tea Tree oil
- 1 tablespoon each of: honey, vodka or gin, and sweet almond oil
To relieve congestion and fever, mix the following and add to your bath:
- 6 drops each of Rosemary and Thyme
- 1 tablespoon each of: honey, sunflower oil and vodka or gin
Precautions When Using Essential Oils in a Bath
Follow the recipes, since essential oils are so strong, don’t add more of the essential oils than called for in the recipe calls.
You should always dilute essential oils before adding to the bathwater using a carrier oil, a bit of honey and alcohol. These dilute the oils and allow them to dissolve better when used in bathwater.
To get the full benefit of an aromatherapy bath, rest for 30 minutes or so after getting out of the tub.
Now grab your oils, start the water flowing in the tub...invite a friend...enjoy.