There is absolutely nothing more relaxing and soothing than a good long soak in the tub, except perhaps soaking in a tub of hot water scented with fragrant essential oils.
Essential oils don’t just smell amazing, they also have many healing and soothing properties. However, it is important to remember that they need to be used with care and, following the instructions of use to avoid skin irritations and burns. Here are our favourite oil suggestions for your next bath:
To Relax And Ease Sore Muscles
Lavender essential oil helps improve circulation and has a soothing and calming effect. Soaking in a tub of this oil is a great way to prime yourself for sleep. Frankincense is another great option. With its woody aroma, it has been found to help with relaxation and also has great anti-inflammatory properties.
To Relieve Pain And Discomfort
Copaiba, an oil distilled from a tree indigenous to South America is really good for overall skin health and it also has a nice grounding fragrance that helps to calm the mind. It has also been found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, and relieve pain for those suffering from arthritis.
If You Have A Cold Or Itchy Dry Skin
If you have a cold, or are feeling under the weather, diffuse some eucalyptus for your bath water. An expectorant, it also boosts ceramides, helping to hydrate dry skin and soothe itchiness and discomfort associated with mild irritations.
Be Mindful Of “Hot” Oils
“Hot” oils, like cinnamon, oregano, and thyme may also cause irritation, while most citrus oils have the potential to burn the skin when added to a bath.
If you’re unsure, test a drop of oil on the back of your hand and watch for any reactions. If you feel any burning sensation, it’s best to keep it out of the tub completely.
If you have sensitive skin, patch test with any oil once a day for five days on the inner arm to check for allergic reaction before soaking in it.
Dilute Your Oils First
Avoid adding your essential oils right into the bath, since this can cause oils to sit on top of the water, allowing them to come into direct contact with skin, causing irritation and even burns.
The best way to dilute oils is to first mix them with a carrier oil, like jojoba or fractionated coconut oil by combining one tablespoon of your choice of carrier oil with six to 10 drops of essential oil in a small bowl and pour the mixture into the bath water, swirling to combine.