Who doesn’t love a luxurious bath? From the time of Cleopatra, women especially have enjoyed indulging in a soak using bubbles, oils or bath products. It’s more than just tradition, too: The benefits of essential oils for relaxation, skin-softening and mental well-being are pretty impressive.
Essential oils have had quite a resurgence in the past decade. Dating back to ancient times, people have used essential oils to heal both the body and the mind. Essential oils are aromatic liquids distilled from plants, seeds, flowers, fruit, stems, bark, roots and leaves by a distillation process. It takes hundreds of pounds of plant material to distill a batch of pure oil. Once distilled, these oils have hundreds of uses that range from helping you sleep to healing your rash.
Adding essential oils directly to the bath can sometimes cause skin irritation, and since oil and water don’t mix, you’ll need to add essential oils to your bath salts by putting 10 to 15 drops into a handful of Himalayan or sea-salt bath salts, along with a couple teaspoons of jojoba oil. If you don’t have salts, you can add essential oil directly to jojoba oil and then add to bathwater.
Some essential oils aren’t suited for the bath, since they can cause skin irritation. Some include cinnamon, clove and oregano. Also, essential oils may not be safe for pregnant women so be sure to check with your doctor before using them. The National Association for Holistic Therapy has a comprehensive list of essential oils, their properties and contraindications.
Putting essential oils in your bath can promote relaxation, creativity, smooth skin, improve mood, relax muscles and provide dozens of other benefits. Here are essential oil combinations you can try in your next bath.
Be sure never to swallow essential oils, and always check with your doctor to see if oils are safe for your condition. To learn more about the health benefits, look for an aromatherapist in your area.