Bathtime Bliss: Top 4 Essential Oils for the Bath
Essential oils are a great way to relax, take a calming breath and have a moment for yourself. They can be used in an aromatherapy diffuser to distribute their scents throughout your home, they're used in skincare and massage, and they can be used in your bath!
Essential oils can be added straight into the bath or they can be added to bath salts and distributed that way. Adding essential oils to your bath can be a relaxing treat to help soothe worries and anxiety as well as make your skin feel great.
In this article, we're going to be taking a look at essential oils, how to add them into your bath, and which essential oils work best in your bath! Let's take a look now!
Why put essential oils in the bath?
Adding essential oils to your bath is a great way to diffuse their scents, helping you to inhale them and benefit from their health properties. The hot water helps the scents to disperse throughout the room, creating a soothing and relaxing environment.
Additionally, essential oils used in the bath can easily move through your skin, helping you to benefit from the topical properties of essential oils.
How to use essential oil in the bath
In the same way that essential oils should be diluted when used for massage, so too should they be diluted when used in the bath.
How you dilute them depends entirely upon your own preference. Below, we have summarised a few of the ways you can dilute essential oils for use in the bath.
Dilute essential oils
One of the most common ways to dilute an essential oil is by mixing it with a carrier oil. You usually only need a few drops in a lot of carrier oil, at a ratio of about 1:10. Though a carrier oil will dilute the essential oil enough to add essential oils to your bath safely, it will not disperse essential oils as well as other dilutants can.
Other dilutants include Solubol, polysorbate 20 and polysorbate 80. All of these essential oil dispersants can be found in dedicated stores or online. You can find the correct ratios for diluting online depending on what you're using your oil for, which kind of carrier you're are using and which essential oil you're using.
Some substances to avoid when diluting essential oils include cornstarch, baking soda, Epsom salt (and regular salt like sea salt), alcohol, glycerin, and aloe vera.
What is a carrier oil?
We mentioned earlier the idea of diluting essential oils with carrier oils, and you may be wondering what a carrier oil is.
A carrier oil is a good thing to have to hand if you're planning on using essential oils topically as essential oils can cause skin irritation if applied directly to the skin, or if added to bathwater undiluted.
Carrier oils are unscented, or lightly scented, and will not interfere with the healing properties of essential oils. Carrier oils include vegetable oils, jojoba oil, coconut oil, argan oil and sweet almond oil.
Adding essential oils to the bath
Once you have properly diluted your essential oil, you're ready to add it to your bath. We recommend adding it just before you get into the bath so that it doesn't lose any of its potency and you get to experience all of the amazing properties of your chosen essential oil.
Top 4 essential oils for the bath
Now we know how and when to add essential oils to your bath, it's time to find out the best essential oils for an aromatherapy bath and what they can do for you.
It is best to choose oils you know won't irritate skin or mucous membranes and so there are some essential oils you should always avoid adding to your bath. These include cinnamon, clove, oregano, spearmint, thyme, and wintergreen.
Below, we've listed our favourite essential oils and oil blends to add to a hot bath. Remember to properly dilute the oil before use and get out of the bath immediately and rinse your skin if you experience itchy or irritated skin.
Lavender oil is one of our favourite oils in general. It has so many soothing and healing properties, and it smells fantastic! As well as helping to soothe anxiety and relax the body, it is also an effective treatment for eczema and menstrual cramps. Try adding this to your bath when you're feeling stressed and watch as your worries melt away.
Lavender oil also has antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties making it suitable for those with sensitive skin.
Chamomile is another soothing and relaxing oil. This is a fantastic choice for an aromatherapy bath right before bed. As well as helping you to feel calm, chamomile oil is known to be good for acne and eczema and helps to keep skin looking young and healthy.
Another anxiety-reducing oil, rose oil has been known to effectively soothe symptoms of anxiety and depression and help you to feel calmer and more relaxed. It is also thought to soothe menstrual cramps and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Add this great smelling oil to your bath for a soothing and relaxing experience.
There are dozens of citrus oils available, including lemon oil, sweet orange oil, bergamot oil, grapefruit oil, and lime oil. Citrus oils are known to boost mood and offer antiseptic properties when used topically. Add your favourite citrus oil to your bath for an energising bathing experience that helps to soothe worries and, in some cases, ease respiratory issues too!
It should be noted that citrus oil can make your skin much more sensitive to the sun and so you should try to avoid going in direct sunlight after use. If you do need to go out, remember to wear sunscreen and cover your body as best you can!
A note on oil blends
Essential oil blends are common in bath products. Certain essential oils work well alongside others, and so, many aromatherapy practitioners actually combine essential oils to create unique blends that can treat a whole range of issues.
You can create your own bath blends too and below we've summarised a few common blends you can try out! Check them out and start blending today!
We've already covered how citrus oils can be mood-enhancing and so it's no surprise that lots of mood-boosting essential oil blends come with lots of citrus scents! Our favourite is a combination of bergamot oil and geranium oil. Add four drops of bergamot and two drops of geranium to a carrier oil and then add to your bath water!
Taking a hot bath after an intense workout is a great way to soothe muscles but instead of reaching for the bubble bath, why not add a muscle-soothing essential oil blend to warm bath water instead!
Our favourite muscle-soak blend is a combination of marjoram oil, lemongrass oil, and lavender oil. Add five drops of marjoram, four drops of lemongrass, and three drops of lavender to a carrier oil and then add a few drops of this blend to your bath!
Relaxation and anxiety-reducing blends
We've covered a few essential oils that are known to soothe anxiety, but what about an oil blend? Well, our favourite anxiety soothing blend combines lavender oil with chamomile and frankincense oil. Add five drops of lavender, four drops of chamomile, and three drops of frankincense for the perfect combination of soothing oils.
Essential oils are fantastic to add to your bath. With a whole load of healing properties, we can't get enough of them! Adding essential oil to your bath can help it to disperse through the room and onto your skin, giving you the healing benefits topically and through inhalation.
To safely add essential oils to your bath, you need to make sure to dilute them so that they don't irritate the skin. This is usually done using a carrier oil, like vegetable oil, though other options exist too which may be better to disperse essential oils throughout bathwater.
Avoid essential oils that are known irritants when adding to your bath and make sure to clean your bath down after using oils to avoid a slippery situation the next time you get in!
We've covered our favourite oils but there are tonnes more out there! Be sure to check out our aromatherapy range and find some more essential oils to add to your bath today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you put essential oils in your bathwater?
Yes, you can add essential oil to your bath water but you need to make sure to dilute it properly first. If you don't dilute the essential oil, you could irritate your skin. To add oils to your bath, you should mix with a carrier oil or other dilutant and then add a few drops to your bath. You can use a number of different oils in your bath, including rose oil, chamomile oil, and citrus oils.
Is it ok to put lavender oil in your bath?
Yes. Lavender oil is a great oil to add to your bath because of its soothing and relaxing properties. Adding lavender oil to your bath can help to ease anxiety and stress as well as soothe eczema and menstrual cramps. Remember to dilute the oil before adding it to your bathwater, otherwise, you may find your skin is irritated by the highly concentrated oil.
How do I soak my bath in essential oils?
To soak in essential oils, you first need to choose an essential oil, or oil combination you would like to use. Many essential oils have healing properties and can be used for different concerns. Once you have chosen your essential oil, you need to dilute it to ensure it doesn't irritate your skin. To dilute, you can use other oils, known as carrier oils, or other dilutants, like Polysorbate 20. Once diluted, you can add the oils to your bath and soak away in a beautifully scented room!
Can essential oils damage bathtubs?
Generally, essential oils aren't used in high enough quantities to damage the bathtub. When using essential oils in the bath, they should be diluted meaning only a few drops of each oil will be added. This amount is generally not enough to cause any damage, though care should be taken to wipe out the bath after essential oil use as it can become slippery otherwise.