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Wonderful Essential Oils to Soak Your Soul in Aroma (4 Bath Soak Recipes)

Essential Oil Bath Soak Recipes

Love your body and your body will love you. Give your body a little extra TLC with these bath soak recipes.

Do you enjoy a long hot relaxing bath at the end of a tiring day? If you do, have you ever considered adding essential oils to your bath water? If you don’t bathe often but prefer a shower, you might reconsider after reading this post!

Why use Essential Oils in Your Bath?

Not only do they smell great but using essential oils in bath water can also have many healing benefits. Adding Essential oils to a bath soaks recipe are great for your skin, can help to ease muscle pain, relieve stress and tension, and can also be used to treat colds and flu. Furthermore, there are so many additional ingredients like dead sea salt for example, that greatly compliments essential oils. Besides, it just makes your bathing experience that much more luxurious!

How to Safely add Essential Oils to Your Bath Water

Essential oils are very concentrated and potent so you need to use the correct method, type, and amount when using them in a bath soak recipe and adding them to your bath water.

Method 1: Create an Oil Blend and Add Directly

Mix your essential oils with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or fractionated coconut oil, and then add it directly to the running water. This method is best used with softer essential oils such as Lavender, Roman Chamomile, or Geranium essential oils.

Method 2: Make a Bath Soak Bag

Making a bath soak is very similar to making a salt scrub. Pick the bath soak recipe you want to try. Gather raw ingredients and put them in a muslin bag and shake it. Then drip some essential oils (mixed with a carrier oil) into the bag. Tie shut the muslin bag and place it under warm running water. The essential oil soak bag can stay in the rub throughout the entire bath This method is best used with stronger essential oils such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus, or Rosemary essential oils.

Which Essential Oils are Good for a Bath?

There are many essential oils that can be added to any in bath soak recipe. Here are some of the best essential oils for a bath:

  • Lavender essential oil: This extremely popular essential oil is versatile and has many uses. It’s one of the milder essential oils so it’s a good choice for people who are new to using essential oils. Lavender essential oil is very relaxing and can help to ease muscle pain, tension headaches, and insomnia.
  • Chamomile essential oil: This essential oil is also very relaxing and soothing. It’s great for easing muscle pain, tension headaches, and nervousness.
  • Rose Geranium essential oil: This essential oil has a very pleasant floral scent. It’s great for balancing hormones, easing PMS symptoms, and relieving stress and anxiety.
  • Peppermint essential oil: This essential oil is invigorating and refreshing. It’s perfect for easing muscle pain, tension headaches, and congestion.
  • Eucalyptus essential oil: This essential oil is perfect for clearing congestion, easing muscle pain, and relieving tension headaches.
  • Rosemary essential oil: This essential oil is invigorating and refreshing. It’s great for easing muscle pain, tension headaches, and improving circulation.

Which Essential Oils NOT to Use in a Bath?

There are some essential oils that should not be used in bath water. These essential oils can cause irritation or other adverse reactions when used in bath water. Avoid adding these oils to a bath soak recipe all together or use them in very small amounts.

  • Cinnamon essential oil
  • Oregano essential oil
  • Thyme essential oil
  • Clove essential oil
  • Camphor essential oil

Other Useful Bath Soak Recipe Ingredients

Stock up on these ingredients as most of these will last for a long time if stored correctly. These ingredients are best to be stored in sealed dark glass containers in a cool dark place.

Salts:

  • Epsom Salt: Epsom salt is rich in magnesium and sulfates which can help to ease muscle pain, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation.
  • Dead Sea Salt: This salt is rich in minerals and can help to detoxify the body, improve circulation, and ease muscle pain.
  • Dendrite Salt: Dendrite salt is very similar to Epsom salt but it has a higher concentration of magnesium. It’s great for reducing inflammation, easing muscle pain.

Powerful Dried Herbs

  • Dried Chamomile: relaxing / helps to ease muscle pain / relieves nervousness
  • Dried Lavender: ease tension headaches / can help with insomnia
  • Dried Rosemary: invigorating/ refreshing / improves circulation.
  • Dried Rose Hips: high in vitamin C / improves circulation / reduces inflammation
  • Dried Orange Peel: high in vitamin C / improves circulation / smells fantastic
  • Dried Juniper Berries: traditionally used to help detoxify the body
  • Dried Comfrey Leaf: helps heal bruises / reduces inflammation.
  • Dried Calendula Flowers: traditionally used to help heal wounds
  • Dried Ginger: marvelous to help ease nausea

Additional Useful Ingredients:

  • Baking Soda: This will help to neutralize the acidity of the essential oils and help to soften the water.
  • Full Fat Coconut Milk: This ingredient is also wonderful for softening the skin.
  • Vanilla Extract: This ingredient is great to num the pain caused by minor skin burns and it adds a lovely scent to the bath soak.

4 Potent DIY Bath Soak Recipes

These recipes are very easy and affordable to make. A little goes a long way!

1. Bath Soak Bag for Relaxation

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Dried Rose Hips
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Lavender
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Chamomile
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Rosemary
  • Optional: add a few drops of rose geranium essential and carrier oil mix.

Instructions:

  • Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix them together.
  • Place ingredients in a muslin bag and tie it shut
  • To use, place it under warm running water.

2. Joint and Muscle Pain Bath Soak Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Dendrite Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Juniper Berries
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Ginger
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil

*Mix essential oils with a carrier oil before adding it to other ingredients.

Instructions:

  • Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix them together.
  • Place ingredients in a muslin bag and tie it shut
  • To use, place it under warm running water.

3. Cold and Flu Bath Oil Blend

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 3 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 4 drops of sweet basil essential oil
  • 4 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops of peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  • Add all the ingredients to a container and mix them together.
  • To use, add all the oils to warm running water and stir.
  • Relax and soak.

4. Skin Softening Milk Bath Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/ 4 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 4 drops rose geranium essential oil
  • 3 drops chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops clary sage essential oil

Instructions:

  • Add all the ingredients to a container and mix them together.
  • To use, add all the oils to warm running water and stir.
  • Relax and soak.

Take Away and Challenge

Using natural healing raw ingredients from mother earth is such a rewarding way to add some oomph to your bath time. Share some of your creations on any of our social media pages and receive 15% off any essential oils or nebulizing aroma diffuser for sale on the Organic Aroma South Africa website.

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