Posted on May 06, 2019 by Chad Pegura | 66 comments
Aromatherapy is more than essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy necklaces. While using a diffuser is an excellent way to reap the rewards of essential oils, it’s not the only way. Using essential oils for the bath and shower can be quite luxurious and just as beneficial whether you are looking to energize yourself before work or wind down at the end of a stress filled day. While you’re in the bath or shower, the steam from the water will envelop your senses with the power of your chosen oils.
Using essential oils in the bath or shower is very simple, and if you’re used to using your essential oils in a diffuser, there is not much of a learning curve to worry about. For the shower, the best way to use essential oils is to have a carrier ready, and to keep your carrier exposed to water just enough to release the scent through steam, but not so much that the oils are quickly washed away. The best carriers for the shower are often something simple you have lying around in your bathroom, such as a shower puff, a wash cloth, or a cotton pad. For the best results, you should drop around 10 to 12 drops of your chosen oil or oils onto the carrier, and place it just out of the water’s direct reach.
Adding essential oils to the bath is simple and there are a few different options depending on the type of bath you want to take. The 3 top methods for using essential oils in the bath are:
Using essential oils in the bath and shower is a great opportunity to create your own essential oil blends. While using single oils is an excellent way to get specific results that your chosen oil can provide, it’s important to remember that blends don’t take away from these effects, they simply enhance them. Typically, one will approach creating these blends with a specific theme in mind, and this will allow them to focus their benefits on a specific use.
For an energizing blend, simply combine eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary for a shower that really gets you ready for work first thing in the morning. If you are looking from more of a relaxing blend, combine lavender, chamomile, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood to help you melt the stress away. If you have a cold or flu bug, combining peppermint, tea tree, spearmint, and eucalyptus can help you boost your immune system and decongest your sinuses.