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Adding essential oils to the bath: Do’s & Don’ts

Had a rough day at work? Or want to pamper yourself on a Sunday evening? What about a relaxing bath filled with the aroma and magical properties of essential oils?

Working all day does not only exhaust you physically but mentally also. The anger and frustration from the office get carried along to your home and disturb the aura of the place that is meant for relaxing and spending quality time with your family. So, what should you do to avoid such a situation?

The solution is aromatherapy, which allows you to use essential oils in your bath to relieve stress and anxiety related to work, allowing you to be relaxed and calm enough to spend time with your family and get a good night’s sleep.

Since, every essential oil has distinct properties, different bathing oils are used for different purposes, such as relaxing, stress relieving, and muscle soothing.

Here is the list of the best essential oils for the bath and their purpose:

  • Lavender: One of the best relaxing essential oils for a bath, lavender has a magical fragrance that can help release all your stress and leave you relaxed and calm.
  • Rosemary: This bath essential oil can revitalize you and improve your concentration and energy levels. Therefore, it is best suited for a morning bath before you start your day so that you can be all prepared for the day.
  • Lemongrass: It works best on tired and overworked muscles and helps reduce muscle soreness.
  • Chamomile: The relaxing properties and the sweet scent of chamomile can help you get a good sleep after a rough day.

To get the best results using essential oils for baths, there are certain do’s and don’ts you have to follow, such as:

  • Don’t Add Essential Oils Directly into the Water: Just like any other water and oil relationship, essential oils do not get mixed well with water, and direct contact with essential oils can cause skin irritation. Therefore, you should always mix them with a carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, or jojoba oil before you put them in the bath water so that they disperse well in water. 3–12 drops of essential oil and 1 tablespoon of water are sufficient to get the desired result.
  • Always Add Bathing Oil After Running Water: Adding oil to the running water will let some oil escape from the bath, which will not give you the desired result. Therefore, first, fill the tub with water and then add essential oil mixed with a carrier oil.
  • Don’t Use Just Any Essential Oil: As we discussed, the best essential oils for bathing and their purpose are those that match your mood. Also, you should be cautious about using certain essential oils such as cinnamon, clove, spearmint, oregano, and wintergreen as they are known to irritate skin and mucous membranes.
  • Always Clean the Tub After Use: Adding a blend of essential oils and carrier oils can make your tub slippery. Therefore, you should be careful while getting out of the tub and clean it after use. You can make use of baking soda and castile soap to clean the tub as they are great degreasers.

Thus, keep the above-mentioned do’s and don’ts to avoid turning your relaxing session into a terrible experience.


You can look out for the best essential oils for baths at Bodhi Naturals. We offer 100% pure, natural, and undiluted essential oils so that you get the best-desired results upon application.

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