While you may think that you have limited experience with the benefits of essential oils, you will be surprised by just how often we use essential oils in our everyday lives. Essential oils are what will often scent bath salts, give scent to candles and tarts, and even give a little extra flavor to tea or other treats, and they can bring a really beneficial impact to your bath as well.
Before introducing essential oils to your bathing experience, it pays to learn a bit more about essential oils first. These are oils that are derived from natural sources like fruits, flowers, herbs, spices, and other naturally growing substances, and their aroma therapeutic benefits coupled often with their skin absorption benefits can really help to make your bathing experience worthwhile. When choosing essential oils, it’s always best to do a little research and opt for the oils that will not only be safest for your skin in bathing, but will address your particular concerns as well.
Essential Oils And Different Body Concerns
Different essential oils are better for different concerns, and you’ll want to choose the best blend for your particular concern if you’re looking to see the best results. For instance, if you’re taking a bath hoping for anxiety relief, opting for a blend showcasing a lavender essential oil may be best, and if you’re looking to alleviate allergy symptoms, a respiratory system clearing eucalyptus, mint, or menthol can do the trick; no matter your particular want, there is an essential oil that can help you in feeling just how you want to feel!
Carrier Oils And Safe Essential Oil Use
Some essential oils can be harsh or damaging to the skin, and these essential oils should always be used with a carrier oil like sunflower, palm, or coconut oil before being placed in your bath water where they will come into contact with your skin. It’s for this reason that one should always do the proper research before opting for any particular essential oil, and always know what type of oils they may be working with.
If you don’t have a carrier oil on hand, one idea that many use before adding the oil to their bath is using a small bit of shampoo instead. While shampoo may not be as effective as a pure carrier oil, it will often do the trick should you run out of or find yourself without your carrier oil, and the same method of adding 6 to 7 drops of essential oil to one ounce of carrier oil, or shampoo, should be used.
Before adding any essential oil to your bath for an aroma therapeutic benefit, it’s also a good idea to test a small patch of skin with the essential oil, if its new, to ensure a reaction will not occur. While these oils are naturally derived, they can still cause some skin irritation or adverse reactions, and testing the essential oil with the carrier oil on a small and less visible patch of skin before bathing with it is always recommended.