3 Ways to Use Essential Oils in a Bath

by Andrea Butje on November 24, 2014

Using essential oils in a bathUsing essential oils in a bath is so simple and luxurious.

I think that’s probably why this is one of the more popular ways people use essential oils.

Adding essential oils to a bath is great for your skin. You also inhale the oils—the warm bath water helps them evaporate more quickly. So relaxing!

We talk about how to use essential oils in a bath in Aromahead’s free online class, the Introduction to Essential Oils. There’s a lot more to it than just dropping essential oils in your bath water! (We also talk about other methods of use, such as aromatherapy inhalers and lip balms, and how to make blends for yourself and friends.)

It’s not always a good idea to just drop essential oils directly into your bath water. First of all . . . oil and water don’t mix! So your essential oils won’t disperse well. Second, the oils won’t float in the middle of the tub, but will be drawn to the lipids in your skin. This means they’ll be touching your skin undiluted. Combined with hot water, this can potentially cause irritation.

So a safe, effective way to use essential oils in a bath is to mix them with salts or a fatty substance, such as milk or a carrier oil (sesame oil is wonderful if you like the aroma!). The salts, milk, or carrier oil protect your skin, and help the essential oils disperse through the bath water.

Here are three popular ways to add essential oils to a bath:

  1. Add 5 drops of essential oil to a tablespoon (.15 ml) of carrier oil, and then add this to your bath water.
  2. Add 5 drops of essential oil to a cup of whole milk and pour it into your bath. The oils will bond with the fats in the milk. When the milk disperses through the water and touches your skin, so do the essential oils. In this case, the milk creates a protective layer that prevents skin irritation. (Side note: Using milk is easier to clean up than using a carrier oil!)
  3. Blend 5 drops of essential oil into 1 oz (28 gm) of bath salts. I like to use pink Himalayan salts, but you can use any natural salts that you like. All you have to do is drop your essential oils right into the salts and stir. Using bath salts means you’re also filling your bath with skin-nourishing nutrients and minerals in the salt.

My favorite essential oils in a bathWhat essential oils in a bath are the most relaxing and skin loving?

Some oils I love to add to my baths are:

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

Take care of your skin: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) and the spice oils, like Ginger (Zingiber officinale) or Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) are no-no’s. They can be too irritating to bathe with.

Also, when it comes to the rich florals, like Rose (Rose damascena), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), and Geranium (Pelargonium roseum x asperum), only use a drop or two. They are beautiful but can become overpowering very quickly.

I hope this gave you some great ideas for your next bath!


How to Get to Sleep When You Have a Cold

by Andrea Butje on November 17, 2014

Get to sleep when you have a coldA bedtime linen spray to help you sleep when you have a cold or the flu.

What are the main things the doctor tells you to do when you have a cold or the flu? Drink plenty of fluids, and get plenty of rest.

Drinking fluids is usually no problem, but getting plenty of rest can be easier said than done!

It’s not always easy to get to sleep when you have a cold . . . and lying awake all night restlessly can be so frustrating. I have a linen spray recipe that you can spray on your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases before you tuck yourself in, which can help your mind and body relax while easing respiratory troubles.

You can make this blend right in a 2 oz (60 ml) spray bottle. Just add:

  • 2 oz (60 ml) water (I like filtered or distilled water)
  • 5 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 5 drops Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)
  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil (Chamaemelum nobile)

Shake gently after you close your spray bottle, and then spray it all over your bedding (it’s best to spray under your pillowcases so you don’t have a wet pillow against your cheek).

The great thing about the essential oils in this recipe is that most of them have the dual effects of calming the nervous system and soothing congestion. When we combine them, they all work in synergy to enhance one another’s strengths.

Cedarwood and Frankincense, for example, are famous essential oils for helping the mind calm down. And Lavender’s relaxing qualities have been well researched. Roman Chamomile is one of the most calming oils I know. This oil feels like a friend to me, and having it send me off to sleep is so comforting.

Together the four oils are super-soothing! And they are all welcomed friends to your respiratory system.

I hope this recipe helps you get to sleep when you have a cold!

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A Distiller With a Huge Heart: Globarom!

November 10, 2014

During my time on Mahe in the Seychelles, my natural perfumery teacher, Isabelle Gelle, took us to visit a distillery called Globarom. The distiller is Mustafa Harum Bristol. He has a fantastic distillery and I was really inspired by his work. He is the only essential oil distiller in the Seychelles. He built his own […]

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Why do we love Frankincense essential oil?

November 3, 2014

Frankincense essential oil is one of my favorites! I know that I’m not alone. Every time I talk about Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii), so many people chime in saying that it feels like a friend to them, too. I even wrote a blog post about how much people love it! You can find that […]

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3 Plants for Your Aromatic Garden

October 27, 2014

Plant ideas for when you start planning your garden. I like to try new plants in my garden, but I also have long-time favorites that I come back to again and again. Right now is harvest time in some parts of the world. People are bringing in squash and vegetables, and are protecting their gardens […]

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All-Natural Solid Deodorant Recipe

October 20, 2014

This all-natural solid deodorant recipe is a sneak preview into the kinds of blends you get in Aromahead Institute’s eBook! (To purchase the Essential Living eBook, click here!) Makes about four 1 oz. deodorant tubes. Ingredients 1 oz (28 g) Beeswax 3 oz (84 g) Jojoba 20 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) 20 drops […]

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