There is nothing better than taking a nice warm bath or shower at the end of the day to wash your cares away. Whether you take baths in the morning or at night, that time is important to you. And because it is important to you, you have developed a ritual. A ritual that calms you down or wakes you up. Something that helps fight that oncoming cold or the one that gives you the confidence you need for that anticipated date.
Whatever it may be essential oils may help you achieve that wanted feeling. You just have to know what to do for maximum effect.
So are essential oils safe for your bath?
Using certain essential oils in your bath can be safe and easy. The key to a relaxing soak is dispersion. Essential oils need to be dispersed in your bath so as not to cause any irritation to your skin. If done right, essential oil baths have even been used by expecting mothers.
How can I use essential oils?
Here are 3 types of ways to disperse your essential oils in your bath or shower:
- Aromatherapy Bath Salts
- Aromatherapy Oil Mixes
- Shower Melts
Any one of these types of methods can give you the bath time you have always wanted. They are customizable to fit your lifestyle and schedule.
Aromatherapy Bath Bomb
We are all familiar with bath bombs. Those heavenly scented globes of color and wonder that make a familiar plopping sound as it hits the water. But did you know that essential oils are one of the reasons why we soak in the bomb?
The bombs ingredients that make it dissolve and fizz act as a carrier for the essential oils and creates a protective layer between your skin and the essential oils. This allows you to bathe longer and soak in the benefits even more.
You can make them at home too! And making them at home allows you to try new scent combinations and to play with the color as well. If you want to get even more fun with them, you can invest in some silicone molds. Here is a recipe you can try at home with essential oil bath bombs.
DIY Aromatherapy Bath Bombs
- Combine citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and oil in a bowl
- Add essential oil of choice about 8-10 drops. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!
- Mix well with a spoon until your mixture becomes a soft dough like texture
- Extra Tip: add some natural dyes to give your salts an extra pop a color and mix in some petals or dried herbs that will match the scent you are going for.
- Place mixture in silicone molds. A circle is traditional but you can also use other shapes
- Let it dry and harden
One of our favorite essential oils to try in a bath bomb is lavender. Try it for a relaxing before bed ritual. It may just help you sleep better. Or Eucalyptus and spearmint are great together for relaxing after a long day at the office, or when you are not feeling well.
Aromatherapy Oil Mixes
Don’t want to worry about the mess you can make while trying to make a bath bomb? You can still use certain essential oils in your bath! By following a few simple tips, essential oils can be mixed into a bath without having to use a solid carrier.
First, you want to place your essential oil(s) into a carrier agent. This could be anything from an unscented bubble bath, unscented body wash, or jojoba oil. Mixing your essential oil into something other than just the water will help distribute the oil more evenly in the bath and also will create a protective barrier between your skin.
Having it disperse in the water will prevent the essential oils from sitting just on top of the bath water. You want your oil to swirl and mix inside your warm water, not sit on top. Having the essential oils sit on the surface of the water allows it to sit on your skin and may cause irritation with long exposure. And we all know that you are going to be sitting in that bath for a long time.
Next, you can mix and match your oils for different boosting or soothing combinations. Try this bath blend below.
DIY Bath Oil
- Take 2-4 oz of jojoba oil
- 20 drops of your favorite oil or a mix of your favorite oil. (Just make sure they are ok for topical use)
- Shake well
- Add just a couple drops into your bath. It will distribute nicely throughout the water.
Lastly, sprinkle some petals into your bath, light some candles and grab your favorite book to enjoy a nice relaxing soak in your essential oils bath.
Try one of our blends in your next essential oil bath oil to help you get ready for that special someone.
Not a bath person but still want to enjoy the benefits of essential oils? Look into shower melts. These little guys are easy to make and use.
Once you find your perfect blend of essential oils to help soothe, it is as easy as placing it on the floor of the shower and letting the water wash over it. As the water washes over it, the melt will slowly start to dissolve releasing its delightful essential oil smell.
Try this amazing melt recipe and relax:
DIY Shower Melts
- Combine 1 part Epsom salt
- With 1 part baking soda
- Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil (Just make sure they are ok for topical use)
- Tip: Ads a couple of drops of coloring to give your melts a pop of color.
- Mix until combined and slightly damp
- Place in a silicone mold
- Let it sit until fully harden.
Pop one out and put it at the bottom of your shower and enjoy.
Depending on the size of your mold shower melts can last up to 3 showers. With the natural ingredients, they won’t ruin the floor of your shower.
A tip to getting the most out of your shower melt is to place it directly in front of you while you shower. The water will still hit the melt and release the fragrance but you will be able to enjoy the full fragrance and benefits of the oils you picked with it in front of you. Also, your body will be a slight barrier and will minimize the water that hits the melt so the essential oil shower melt will last longer.
Our lemon and grapefruit together may give you bright refreshing wake-up call you have always wanted.
There are many different ways to use essential oils. This article only covers a few ways. Essential oils can be used in your bath as long as you do it properly. Side effects can include skin irritation, rash, and allergic reactions if not used correctly.
Please consult your physician before using essential oils in your daily routine.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease