If you've added essential oils to your bath, you've probably made a few mistakes. Find out what they are.
Baths have been used for centuries for their health benefits like reducing stress and increasing circulation, as well as alleviating muscle aches and improving the health of your skin.
Do not add essential oils directly to the water:
We all know that oil and water don’t mix. So if you pour essential oils directly into the bath, the drops will just float around on the top of the water. When you get into the bath, they come in contact with your skin and are essentially undiluted, which can sting and cause irritation.
The Tisserand Institute, the expert in using essential oils safely, recommends mixing 5–20 drops of essential oil into 1 tablespoon of carrier oil like apricot kernel, grapeseed, jojoba, or sweet almond. Again, the coil won’t dissolve in the bath but will float on the surface of the water. You can go ahead and rub those drops into your skin because the essential oils have been diluted into the carrier oil. Just be careful because things can get slippery!
Things that don’t dilute essential oils:
- Epsom salt
- Baking soda
- Aloe gel
Don’t use oils that can irritate the skin:
As much as we love essential oils, there are some that don’t belong in the tub. Avoid essential oils that can irritate the skin or mucous membranes. This includes basil, lemongrass, oregano, thyme, nutmeg, peppermint, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, and bay.