Essential Oils

Essential Oils In The Bath

Adding essential oils to your bath water is one of the best aromatherapy treatments there is, more aroma molecules are released from the oils whilst in the bath than during a massage. As you soak in the bath the hot water softens the skin which in turn speeds up oil absorption, this allows the essential oils to become more effective and potent on both the mind and body.

They are not just a simple and easy way to add a touch of luxury to your bath; they will moisten and nourish your skin, along with treating the everyday ailments that you may be suffering with.

You will also notice the aroma of the oils is so much stronger in the warm water; it’s almost like sniffing a bunch of flowers. So the next time your thinking of having a bath add a few drops of your homemade bath oil, lie back, close your eyes and enjoy.

The basic principle in making bath oils is to select essential oils for their properties and fragrance, then add them to 4 tablespoons of base carrier oil.

The easiest base oils to use in your homemade bath oils are the light base oils such as Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil or even simple Sunflower Oil.

Pour your base oil into a dark or clear glass bottle or jar. If using a clear glass jar you will need to protect the oils from waning by storing the finished oils in a dark place, a bathroom cupboard is perfect for this.

Add about 20 drops of your chosen essential oils cover and shake well.

Leave the homemade bath oil to blend and mature for about 2 weeks before using.

How To Use Your Bath Oils

  • Simply add 1 tablespoon of scented oil to the bath and swish around to disburse. Once in the bath use a sponge to massage the oil into the skin.
  • For an extra beauty treatment whilst soaking in the bath, mixing a few elderflowers with some live yogurt will make a great little face pack that can clear the skin and help prevent wrinkles.

Bath Oil Recipes

Happiness Bath Oil

This homemade bath oil leaves you feeling warm and happy inside!

  • 4 tablespoons of base carrier oil combined with:
  • 10 drops Sandalwood
  • 5 drops Jasmine
  • 5 drops Rose
  • 5 drops Bergamot

Calming and Relaxing Oil

This bath oil has a wonderfully rich and floral fragrance. A simple combination that will leave you feeling very calm and relaxed.

  • 4 tablespoons of base carrier oil combined with:
  • 20 drops Jasmine
  • 8 drops Orange

Revitalising Oil

All of the essential oils in this recipe have been chosen to help relieve stress and depression. This uplifting oil will defiantly to put a spring back in your step.

  • 4 tablespoons of base carrier oil combined with:
  • 12 drops Geranium
  • 6 drops Sandalwood
  • 6 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Clary Sage

Relaxing Oil

Very Sweet, very fresh and very relaxing, what more can I say!

  • 4 tablespoons of base carrier oil combined with:
  • 12 drops Sandalwood
  • 8 drops Orange
  • 4 drops Rose
  • 2 drops Pine
  • 2 drops Lemon

Alcohol Based Bath Oil

Adding a small amount of spirits will help to distribute the oil in the bath more evenly. You will need to combine;

  • 3 fl oz (100ml) Castor Oil
  • 4 tablespoons vodka or brandy
  • 10 drops essential oil(s) of your choice.

As with the other bath oil recipes, pour into a dark or clear glass jar or bottle (protecting the oils from daylight if using clear glass) shake well and leave to mature for 2 weeks.

Add 2 tablespoons to each bath and swish it about.

Shampoo Based Bath Oil

Baby shampoo is another very efficient carrier of oils, again helping the oils to disburse quickly and evenly in water.

  • 4 fl oz (125ml) base oil (Almond Oil or Sunflower Oil
  • 4 tablespoons mild baby shampoo
  • 10 drops essential oil(s) of your choice

Pour the base oil into a glass bottle or jar, add the shampoo and give it a good shake.

Add the essential oil, shake again then leave to mature for 2 weeks, not forgetting to protect the oils from daylight. Add 2 tablespoons to each bath and swish it about.

Borrowed from: The Prosperity Project

10 Best Essential Oils for the Bath

Adding oils to a bath really doesn’t need to be completed, you can start by adding a single essential oil to your bath water. Essential oils normally last about 2 years if kept in a cool dark place and you literally only need a few drops so they are very cost effective.

I’ve listed below those that I would recommend as the best singular all rounders that can be used and enjoyed at any time of the year.

Tips

  • Before adding any oils to the bath make sure you close the bathroom door so that you can keep as much of the scent in the room as possible.
  • Add the oils drop by drop and don’t be tempted to add more, working on the theory that adding twice as much will get rid of a headache quicker doesn’t work and may just end up irritating the skin.
  • On average you will need about 10 drops per bath, but with some of the stronger smelling oils you will only need 5 drops. Stronger smelling oils include; eucalyptus, peppermint, bay, basil, lime, lemon, thyme, rosemary.

10 Best Essential Oils for the Bath

  • Bergamot for depression – 5 drops
  • Chamomile for insomnia or itchy skin – 7 drops
  • Frankincense for sedative, calming and mood sweetening – 8 drops
  • Geranium for relaxing yet uplifting and energizing – 10 drops
  • Jasmine for apathy, stress or fatigue – 8 drops
  • Lavender positive, soothing and relaxing – 10 drops
  • Neroli for hypnotic with antidepressant properties – 8 drops
  • Patchouli for energizing and invigorating – 5 drops
  • Rose for happiness and pleasure very romantic – 10 drops
  • Sandalwood for sensual and mellowing a good aphrodisiac – 8 drops

Borrowed from: The Prosperity Project

An Icy Hot Massage Oil

s-l300First the heat of the cinnamon warms and relaxes, then the menthol from the peppermint kicks in for your own icy hot blend. Use as a massage blend for pain. This is a strong remedy for hard to treat arthritis pain and muscle aches. Do not use on broken skin, sensitive skin or facial area. Don’t be shy about adjusting the ratio of carrier oil to essential oils to suit your skin type.

Ingredients:

  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
  • 1 ounce carrier oil

Additions: A few drops of Eucaluptus goes well with this blend, especially if you have a cold

Variations: For tough pain use rosemary or arnica infused oil as the base

Use as a massage blend for pain. This is a strong remedy for hard to treat arthritis pain and muscle aches. Do not use on broken skin, sensitive skin or facial area. Don’t be shy about adjusting the ratio of carrier oil to essential oils to suit your skin type.

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Cure For A Sick Headache

seattle-chiropractor-that-treats-migraine-headaches-538x218This cure has three simple steps.

First:
Brew a cup of peppermint tea, adding lemon and honey to taste..

Second:
Sip tea slowly while soaking in a bath spiked with 8 drops of peppermint essential oil and 2 drops of lemon ( or use herbs in muslin bag).

Third:
After your bath massage your temples, forehead and neck with the following essential oil blend, (carefully keeping out of eyes).

  • 2 drops peppermint oil
  • 1 drop lemon oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive or vegetable oil
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