how to enjoy a wonderful & very healthy aromatherapy bath
Aromatherapy baths have been employed for pleasure and therapeutic purposes throughout history. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, claimed that ‘the way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage daily’.
Baths were particularly enjoyed by the ancient Egyptians who had public baths, as did the Romans for whom they were an important aspect of social life. Water itself is therapeutic and baths are an effective way of using essential oils, as the oils act in two ways; by absorption into the skin and by inhalation.
Why not give essential oils a try next time you need uplifting, relaxing, energising, or you would like to treat a particular physical ailment you have. Always read up on the individual oil you are planning on using to ensure there are no contraindications to consider, but mainly just enjoy the natural way to a healthier and more balanced life!
essential oils in a warm bath
This has to be one of my favourite ways to use essential oils after the aromatherapy massage...
Firstly, decide whether you would prefer to mix the essential oil(s) you wish to use in your bath with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond, apricot kernel or olive oil, or simply with whole milk. Personally, I like to use whole milk, as it is not only leaves your skin feeling soft and supple, but can also help soothe skin irritations (and it costs a lot less too!).
Then you choose which essential oil or oils you would like to add to your preferred carrier, which will give you the most amazing bathing experience and can be tailored to how you are feeling psychologically and/or physically at the time. I like to always keep a small selection of essential oils in my bathroom cabinet to cover a multiple of sceaniors.
Some of my favourite essential oils for the bath..
BERGAMOT: A great "pick me up" and energizer, it can also help stress, depression, anxiety and some skin infections
LEMON: Rejuvenating and refreshing after a long hard day to wake you up and also to detoxify (blend with black pepper and rosemary in equal measures for an amazing "anti-fatigue" bath)
CHAMOMILE: It has powerful calming properties, making it an excellent essential oil to add to a tension-reducing bath before bed. In addition to being an antiseptic, it can also help lift mood and aid depression
EUCALYPTUS: Can help with respiratory issues, fevers, and headaches and is a stimulant. It also has cooling and deodorizing properties
LAVENDER: Lavender essential oil is an excellent choice to relieve stress, but can also be used as an anti-depressant, deodorant, and sedative
MARJORAM: Can help ease anxiety and stress, fight fatigue, and may alleviate respiratory and circulatory issues
PEPPERMINT: Has a cooling, refreshing and energizing effect. It can also increase mental alertness
There are of course many many more oils out there for you to try and I would recommend reading up on all the oils available, as it it really very interesting what they can treat and how they can make you feel...
Sprinkle approx. 6 drops in total of your chosen oil or oils (most oils blend well with others to create a lovely scent, just experiment!) into either a cup of whole milk, a few tablespoons of carrier oil or even a into a couple of cups of Epsom salt (very good for aching muscles). Add your diluted mixture to your bath once it is completely filled (very important), making sure it is not too hot and that it is distributed evenly in the water. Adding the wonderful aromatic mixture to a very hot and still running bath will make it evaporate too quickly, and you will lose the therapeutic benefits before you've even climbed into it! Soak in the bath for at least 15 minutes to let your body get the full effect of the oils.
AND NOW ALL THAT YOU NEED TO DO IS LIE BACK AND ENJOY!