With all of the topical application health benefits achievable through the use of essential oils, it should not be surprising that many individuals have started adding essential oils to their bathwater. Using essential oils for baths isn’t exactly new or novel, however. Back in the days of the ancient Egyptians, for example, plants, flowers, etc. were frequently added to bathwater for a number of benefits.
Why Bathe with Essential Oils?
Taking a warm, steamy bath is, in general, relaxing. But by adding essential oils to your bathwater, you also add the benefits of the oils themselves. Now, with a simple bath, you could relieve respiratory illness, diminish menstrual cramps, ease muscle aches, smooth skin, promote circulation, and relax your body and mind.
Bathing with essential oils is, for the most part, a form of aromatherapy. The fumes rise from your bathwater. You inhale them. And between inhalation and the oils soaking through your skin – voila! You are taking full advantage of some of the most powerful stress relief techniques available. And, let’s face it, your body can be far better balanced when your mind is less stressed and more relaxed.
Bathing Safely with Essential Oils
As good of an idea as this is – and it is – you won’t necessarily receive positive results by adding just any old oil to your bathwater. Truth be told, some essential oils should not come into contact with the skin. Be sure to check out any cautionary advice before using an essential oil topically or in bathwater. Essential oils to avoid (in this situation) because they may cause skin irritation are thyme, oregano, clove, cassia, and cinnamon.
To make sure that other oils are safe to use on your skin or to add to your bathwater, they must be 100% pure, high-quality essential oils.
And, there is a right way and a wrong way to add these oils to your bathwater. Just adding a few drops will simply create a film that floats on top of the water. That could be irritating and is unnecessarily wasteful. But by mixing your chosen essential oil with bath salts, carrier oil, or into milk, then swirling the mixture into running bathwater, you will lessen the chances of a floating film.
Some Suggestions for Various Results
- Specific desired results will require different essential oils. If it’s close to bedtime and you want to relax, try the following: chamomile, ylang-ylang, or lavender.
- If you desire an energizing bath, try the following: citrus oil, eucalyptus, peppermint.
You can discover the wonderful world of scented bath water through the use of 100% natural essential oils found at the Plant Guru. Don’t put off enjoying the fresh scent and the multitude of health benefits achievable through a relaxing soak in the privacy of your own home. Search through our impressive inventory and put together a little selection of your own, so that you can change things up whenever the mood strikes you. With so many essential oils and so many mental and physical health benefits, you can lavish in whatever kind of therapeutic bathing session you desire.