Do you use essential oils in the bath? Bathing with essential oils can relax the mind and body, promote circulation, smooth skin, ease muscle aches, diminish menstrual cramps, and relieve respiratory ailments.
You will be able to enjoy aromatherapy benefits from inhaling the aroma as well as having the oils make contact with your skin while soaking in the bath water. Aromatherapy is a powerful way to melt stress and make life more enjoyable. When you are relaxed and less stressed your body is more in balance.
Adding essential oils to a bath is a simple way to enhance your bathing experience but it must be done right. You can't just drop any oil into the bath and expect positive results.
Just adding essential oils to the bath is not usually very effective because they will float to the top of the water and stick to the tub or concentrate on your skin. Not only would that be wasteful but this can cause irritation to your skin.
You can prevent essential oils from floating to the top by simply mixing them into milk, carrier oil or bath salts. To do this, add 3-6 drops of essential oils into 1/4-1/2 cup of epsom salt, milk, or carrier oil and then add into running bathwater, swirl to blend.
The best essential oil to use will depend on the desired effects you are looking to receive from your bath. Is it close to bedtime? Try lavender or chamomile for a relaxing bath. Morning time bath? Get energized with peppermint or any citrus oil.
There are some essential oils that should not be used during bathing because these oils are skin irritants. It is best to avoid these during bathing. They include cinnamon, clove, oregano and thyme.
It is also a must to use only high quality, 100% pure essential oils so you can be sure to receive the benefits you are looking for and that they are safe to use topically on your skin.
**If pregnant, please speak to your healthcare professional as to what oils are safe for you and baby.
\\ Via: Loving Essential Oils