As essential oils are highly concentrated, never just add a few drops directly into the bathtub. The danger of doing this is that oil and water don’t mix so the oil can separate from the water and adhere to your skin, which can irritate your skin and even cause a burning sensation. What you want is for the oils to disperse throughout the water rather than just sitting on top of the water.

To achieve this, mix your essential oils with a carrier oil first, such as coconut, olive, sunflower, or jojoba before putting it into the bathtub. It’s also suggested that you stir the bath before getting into the bathtub to help circulate the oils. Just because you love a certain scent doesn’t mean it’s good for your skin and it may just irritate your skin.

As such, we’ve compiled a list of six essential oils for baths and their benefits that will relax both your mind and body.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil is a must-have oil in your self-care and skincare routine due to how versatile it is.  Lavender has a relaxing and calming aroma, making it a perfect way to end a long day just before bed. Lavender is known to help improve blood circulation and soothe sore muscles. When added to bathwater, it does a wonderful job of soaking away stress and reducing anxiety, preparing you for a restful night’s sleep.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

While the Ylang Ylang essential oil may be less common compared to other more popular oils, it’s actually great for relieving stress and anxiety as it creates a calm and positive atmosphere. When added to the bath, it also nourishes and provides ample hydration to the skin. Combine a few drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil with lavender essential oil for a dreamier bath experience.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Another essential oil that’s a must-have addition to your self-care and bath routine is the Sweet Orange essential oil due to its fresh uplifting aroma and health benefits. The oil is obtained from the peels of sweet orange by way of cold compression. Sweet Orange essential oil is said to help with muscle relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and even alleviate depression.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

The warm and gentle aroma of the Roman Chamomile essential oil calms you as you unwind down for the night. It’s known for its soothing benefits for dry skin, calming your mind and body at the end of a long day.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Adding Clary Sage essential oil to your bath will instantly melt away and erase any tensions that you may have after a long and stressful day at work or school. Clary Sage essential oil has been known for its calming and soothing benefits to the skin since the Middle Ages. For a stress-relieving bath, mix Clary Sage essential oil with Chamomile essential oil before adding it to the bathwater.

Bergamot Essential Oil

Unlike other citrus oils, Bergamot is able to create an uplifting yet calming environment. Bergamot has been used for years to reduce stress and rejuvenate the skin. If you’re feeling tired after a long day, having Bergamot essential oil in your bathtime bath will not only lift your mood but will also purify and cleanse your skin.