Aromatic Bathing with Essential Oils
Using essential oils in aromatic baths
After massage, aromatic bathing with essential oils is the most
effective and enjoyable aromatherapy treatment. The therapeutic effects
of water and bathing are well known, but adding essential oils makes the
Aromatic baths offer simplicity and versatility. A bath with
essential oils can be relaxing, stimulating, refreshing or aphrodisiac.
You can treat skin conditions and relieve aching muscles. However,
aromatic baths are most commonly used to promote relaxation and dispel
Adding essential oils to your bath
- Fill the bath with water, sprinkle 4-8 drops of essential oil on
top and - because essential oils don't dissolve in water - agitate the
bath water to disperse the oils. Don't add essential oils beforehand
or much of the highly volatile oils will be lost.
- You can make a moisturizing bath oil using a dispersant bath oil
base, or a base oil such as sweet almond. To 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of base
oil, add 4-8 drops of essential oils of your choice, then add this
mixture to the bath, as describe above. A classic relaxing bath blend
is 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of geranium and 2 drops of chamomile.
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