Nothing is more relaxing than spending ample time submerging your body into a giant earthenware tub filled with warm, comforting water. Taking a regular warm bath provides multiple health benefits beyond merely calming your mind; it also helps elevate your overall mood, relieves muscle pain, and, surprisingly, improves your heart’s health, among others.
Amping up this indulgent endeavor, many enthusiasts lean towards the therapeutic power of essential oils. A few drops of these elixirs can purportedly enhance your bath time routine, furthering physical and mental relaxation. But before you go crazy about dumping random essential oils into your bath, there are several pointers you need to know—from recognizing which oil to use and carrying out the proper way of using these potent vials.
Read on to find out how to transform your ordinary bath time into a satisfying pampering session with essential oils.
If you opt for thorough relaxation:
For pain relief:
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For sore muscles:
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Hey, don’t just use any essential oils.
There’s a brief list of essential oils that should never find their way into your bathtub. They are otherwise known as “hot” oils.
Boston-based dermatopathologist Dr. Gretchen Frieling shared with Oprah Daily that essential oils like cinnamon, oregano, peppermint, thyme, and some citrus oils can cause skin irritation. “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,” she added.
Avoid adding essential oils directly into your bathwater.
According to Martha Krejci, an essential oils expert, dripping oils right into the bath can cause them to sit on top of the water, allowing the oils to come into direct contact with skin, triggering irritation and even burns.
It's important to dilute your oils first in a carrier oil, like jojoba, coconut, olive, or sunflower. Three to 12 drops of essential oil in a tablespoon (15 ml) of carrier oil is enough for a single bath. Swirl the water to disperse your oils thoroughly.
Lastly, watch your step!
While the combination of essential oils and carrier oil provides complete hydration to your skin, it can also make your tub very slippery. Be extra careful when getting in and out of it.