Adding essentials oils to your bath can relieve stress and relax your body, but there’s a chance you’re doing it wrong. There are plenty of essential oils out there and using the wrong ones in the wrong way can spill disaster. Get the most out of your bath time with these tips.
Combine with a Carrier Oil
Oil and water don’t mix. The last thing you want is for the essential oils to just sit on top of the water instead of dispersing throughout. You should always combine the essential oil with a carrier oil first. Carrier oils include coconut, olive or jojoba. Mix three to 12 drops of an essential oil with a tablespoon or 15 ml of carrier oil. This will create the best solution to mix in your bath.
Don’t Use Any Essential Oil
Just because an essential oil smells good does it mean it’ll be safe on your skin. Be careful to avoid oils known to irritate the skin and natural mucous membranes. Some oils you should avoid are cinnamon, clove, oregano, savory, spearmint and wintergreen. Use some lavender, chamomile and rose instead.
Apply to a Bath Properly
It may be tempting to drop a few drops as your hot bath water runs, but this can actually cause the oil to escape and scent your bathroom instead. Fill your tub first and turn the water off before adding any essential oils. This will give you the best aromatic effect. An essential oil paired with a carrier oil helps to hydrate your skin but can also make your bath a greasy hazard. Be sure to wash your tub properly after to avoid any slips. You can use baking soda to help de-grease your tub.
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