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3 Ways to Use Essential Oils in a Bath Safely

by Andrea Butje on November 24, 2014

552a1432ce9a5b9cf77ad8388f147217Using essential oils in a bath is so simple and luxurious.

Adding essential oils to a bath is a great way to experience Aromatherapy. But it's important to be safe while you're using essential oils.

It’s not always a good idea to just drop essential oils directly into your bath water.

  • First of all . . . oil and water don’t mix! So your essential oils won’t disperse well.
  • Second, the oils won’t float in the middle of the tub, but will be drawn to the lipids in your skin. This means they’ll be touching your skin undiluted. Combined with hot water, this can potentially cause irritation.

So a safe, effective way to use essential oils in a bath is to mix them with a fatty substance such as a carrier oil (sesame oil is wonderful if you like the aroma!) or with castile soap. The carrier oil or castile soap protects your skin, and helps the essential oils disperse through the bath water.

Here are three popular ways to add essential oils to a bath:

Add 5 drops of essential oil to a tablespoon (15 ml) of carrier oil or castile soap, and then add this to your bath water.





Add 5 drops of essential oil to a tablespoon (15 ml) of homemade shower gel. The oils will bond with the shower gel. When the gel disperses through the water and touches your skin, so do the essential oils. In this case, the gel creates a protective layer that prevents skin irritation. (Side note: Using gel is easier to clean up than using a carrier oil!) 



Blend 5 drops of essential oil into 1-2 oz (28-56 g) of bath salts and 2 teaspoons jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) or castile soap. I like to use pink Himalayan salts, but you can use any natural salts that you like. All you have to do is drop your essential oils right into the salts and carrier, and stir. Using bath salts means you’re also filling your bath with skin-nourishing nutrients and minerals in the salt. If you like a particular bath salt recipe, you can make more and store it to use more than once. I recommend only keeping a bath salt around for a few weeks before making a fresh jar.

Learn more about how to use essential oils in a bath in Aromahead’s FREE ONLINE CLASS:
 Introduction to Essential Oils

There’s more to it than just dropping essential oils in your bath water. We also talk about other methods of using essential oils, such as Aromatherapy inhalers and lip balms, and how to make blends for yourself and friends.

What essential oils in a bath are the most relaxing and skin loving?

Some oils I love to add to my baths are:

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

Take care of your skin: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) and the spice oils, like Ginger (Zingiber officinale) or Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) are no-no’s. They can be too irritating to bathe with.

Also, when it comes to the rich florals, like Rose (Rose damascena), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), and Geranium (Pelargonium roseum x asperum), only use a drop or two. They are beautiful but can become overpowering very quickly.

I hope this gave you some great ideas for your next bath!

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: Essential Oils, how to use essential oils in a bath, essential oils bath

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