One of the simplest and most effective ways to use essential oils is putting them in your bath. The warmth of the water helps the skin to absorb the essential oils while their fragrance is inhaled at the same time. The very fact that a bath makes you stop and relax for a moment also helps your body make the best of the essential oils and their therapeutic properties.
Before using essential oils please note that under no circumstances are they to be taken internally or ingested. They are perfectly safe in your bath and can be put in neat, however, a few precautions have to be adhered to as the oils do not actually dissolve in water.
Use a maximum of 6 - 8 drops of essential oil in your bath. Six is often enough so start with if you have sensitive skin and only use more when you feel confident and familiar with certain oils.
Don't run the oils under the tap like bubble bath otherwise they will go up in the air with the steam as they are very volatile. Instead, pour the oils in after the water has run and mix them in thoroughly until they are distributed evenly before entering the bath.
Always be careful not to sit on the oils. Some essential oils, especially citrus oils will sting if sat on. Also be aware that citrus oils can cause photo-sensitivity so do not lie or go into direct sunlight after using them in your bath. Always read the instructions that accompany each oil.
Here are a few more tips to make sure the oils are not too concentrated:
1. Always put the oils in at the "tap end" of the bath.
2. Agitate the water to ensure an even distribution of the oils.
3. Don't have the water too hot.
4. Don't be tempted to add an extra drop. More is not better. These oils are extremely concentrated and a few drops go a very long way.
5. If you want to really moisturize your skin and guard against any irritation, make a blend with a vegetable oil or base oil and add this to your bath.
6. Consult your physician if you have a skin condition or are in doubt about the suitability of essential oils in your routine.
Now, run that hot bath, mix in your favourite Balm Balm essential oil, get in, sit back and relax!
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