Essential Oils for Bath – How to Make Your Bath a Pleasurable Experience

Picture your perfect bath complete with smells, sensation and relaxation. What could be better? A good start t could be using essential oils for bath that send it to another level. Here’s some suggestions that will make bath time one of your best times.

How to Incorporate Essential Oils Into Your Bath

When you use an essential oil, try to use it like you would a recipe. There are various types of single essential oils, oil combinations and special oil formulations. It is advisable to use a medium such as a salt or oil carrier to infuse your chosen oil into your bath water. Magnesium salts such as Epsom salt or magnesium chloride bath flakes are perfect for mixing with an essential oil. If you use bath bombs, your oil can be infused into your favorite bath bomb recipe. A little oil goes a long way and only a few drops are required.

I like using oils that carry an aroma that will wake up my smell senses. I have used orange, lemon, eucalyptus and lavender oils in my bath recipes. Oil smells that invigorate the senses make for a great bath recipe.

Avoid putting the oils directly into your bath water. Carrier oils such as fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil are available to mix your oil with. You can then mix the oil combination with liquid soap for a bubble bath or shake a few drops of the essential oil with 2 to 1 parts of the carrier oil before adding it to your bath water.

Use Precautions When You Use Essential Oils

First, remember with essential oils, a little goes a long way, Only a few drops are needed to get a pronounced effect that will definitely impact your bath time.

Use appropriate type oils for your bath. Stay away from pungent oils that can sting or be harsh. Some examples of harsh oils include spearmint, thyme, cinnamon, clove and wintergreen.

Don’t put oils in your eyes or mouth. Keep your bottles tightly capped until use. Store your oils out of the reach of children and pets.

If you are unsure about any oil you choose for your bath, research it online prior to use. There are many good references online that talk about the use of essential oils.

Some Good Suggestions for Essential Oils at Bath Time

You can experiment with different recipes for essential oils. Some recipes improve mood. Others are good for sinus issues and stress. I have used my eucalyptus oil to “wake” my senses while I bathe.

Citrus-type oils like lemon and orange are available and are great additions to your bath. I have one recipe where I mix my lemon oil with my favorite liquid soap to create on incredible bubble bath that’s out of this world. A citrus smell in your bath is a treat you won’t soon forget.

Crystals or salts make a great medium for your favorite essential oils. Himalayan salts, bath flakes, Epsom salts and others mix well with oils and then can be added to your bath. Some people add herbs and colors to enhance their recipes.

Bath bombs are another medium you can use to add your favorite oils. The bombs are a way to “store” your experience until the next bath. Experimenting with making the bombs allows you to add a bit of variety to your bath lifestyle.

Make Sure You Clean Up for Next Time

Clean the tub up when you are done. Some oils leave a slimy surface that can be hard to remove if you don’t do it right away. A cleanser that is powder based and absorbs works best.

Gently scrub the surface with your cleanser to remove any residue. Rinse thoroughly to remove traces of the cleanser and oils. Be sure everything is properly degreased and spotless.

Your Bath Time Game Plan

  1. Pick your favorite oil/oils and medium. Start with a combination of oils you like and mix it into your favorite medium. You can make a bubble bath, salt crystal formation or bath bomb.
  2. Set the mood. Put on your favorite music (away from the water of course). If you want the lights to be low, maybe you light candles or use a night light. Get your bath towels to be ready when you need them.
  3. Run your bath water. Get the temperature just like you like it and start adding it to the tub.
  4. Add your oil mixture to your water. This is best done while the water is still running into the tub. For bubble baths, I like to add my liquid soap right into the water stream. For salts, you can let them dissolve into your bath water at the beginning or after the water level accumulates a bit. When using bath bombs, let the water catch up and then place the bomb into the tub.
  5. Sit into the tub and relax. Soak and let the experience overcome your senses. While there is no real time limit for a great bath, 20-30 minutes are ideal. Concentrate on the experience taking in the smells, the feeling of the oils on your skin and the feeling of total relaxation.
  6. Finish your bath. Let the water out of the tub. Promptly dry off and go through your after bath routine while the water drains from the tub. Clean up afterwards to have your bathtub ready for the next time.

Essential oils for bath are a sensuous experience. There is no limit to how you can use oils to make your bath time a wonderful experience. Carefully pick out the oils you want to experiment with and create recipes for the perfect bath.

Don’t put your oil directly into your bath water. Use a medium to mix it with and add that mixture to your bath. Adding oils directly to your bath can irritate your skin.

Pick appropriate oils for your bath. Avoid harsh or pungent oils. Use proper essential oil safety to create a sensual experience for yourself at bath time.

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  1. I really enjoyed reading your article about essential oils for bath and how to make the most of our bath time. I’ve been using essential oils for a while now, but I never thought about adding them to my bath for a relaxing and therapeutic experience. Your step-by-step guide on how to prepare and use essential oils in the bath is very helpful and easy to follow. I appreciate how you included safety tips and precautions when using essential oils. Overall, your article is well-written, informative, and engaging. Do you have any other tips for using essential oils in our daily routine? Thank you for sharing your knowledge on this topic.

    1. I am in the process of creating more articles on the subject of essential oils. Please let me know if there is any other information on the subject you are interested in. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Great tips for making a relaxing and enjoyable bath! Using essential oils is an excellent way to add an extra layer of luxury to your bath time. It’s important to remember to use the appropriate type of oil and mix it with a carrier oil before adding it to your bath water. Additionally, experimenting with different mediums such as bath bombs or salts can create unique experiences. Thanks for sharing these wonderful suggestions and reminders!

  3. Hey thank you for this relaxing and great post!

    I wasn’t aware essential oils can cause some irritation when going above a certain level. Though I do know everything has its limits. Great oil suggestions too!

    As for cleaning the tub, thank you for the reminder, I can imagine the sticky icky aftermath it must create! Going to take note of this splendid sounding idea, ready for when I get the chance to experience this awesome relaxation technique!

    Thanks again and have a great day!

  4. Hi Elridge –
    After reading this article, I want to add a standalone bathtub in my bathroom.
    Taking a bath is certainly an enjoyable experience. Adding bath beads and essential oils takes the experience to another level.
    Great job providing guidance on what to incorporate with essential oils. Of course, experimenting is the name of the game. But knowing Epsom salt or magnesium chloride bath are excellent for mixing with an essential oil.

    Are there any specific essential oils that stand out from others?

    1. I myself am partial to lemon and lavender essential oils but there’s a whole world oil there. Just experiment and use whatever oil is your favorite. Have fun!

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