Friday, 30 March 2018

Using Essential Oils in Your Bath

Coquitlam, BC, Canada

Hi everyone!

My semester is aaalmost over, thank god. This has been my best semester yet grade-wise. However, the downside is that I only have like 20 head hairs left (because the rest have pretty much all fallen out due to the stress)

So, now I'm in de-stress mode. Which for me means having a bath.

I love having baths to de-stress, and I've already had two in the past three days. I've been experimenting with essential oils too because I thought they would further help in the de-stressing process.

Although that proved to be a bit stressful in and of itself.

I thought I could just dump some oils in the bathtub, but that doesn't really work. It's actually the *wrong* way to do it, according to the internet. So, tonight, I wanted to put together a little list of tips, in case any of you out there that want to try putting essential oils in your bathtub (without the trial and error session that I had to go through).

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1/ Add baking soda to the tub as the water is running
I found that baking soda needed to be added into the bath under the running tap, because that way it actually dissolved and dispersed evenly. Using baking soda will help you in 2 ways because:
1) it makes the bathtub less slippy for when you get out later (you know, with the oils and all) and
2) it actually exfoliates your skin.

2/ Make sure to dilute your essential oils before
Around a tablespoon of oil for 10 drops of whatever essential oil you're using should be enough.
You can use lots of different oils, but I have multiple jars of coconut oil, so I use that.
If you don't dilute your essential oil, your skin can get irritated... and so can other certain parts of your body (which you don't really want).
Oh and, as a bonus, this extra bit of oil will help soften your skin.

3/ Add your oils after you turn off the water. 
This way, the oil aromas fill the room, instead of just evaporating under the heat of the running water. Which is what you want because, hello, is there even any point in using oils if you can't smell them??

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So, the list isn't very long and maybe these tips were common sense... but I didn't know them until like yesterday. I also wanted to share two of the "recipes" I have used in the past week, to give you all somewhere to start!

(FYI: you don't need to use as much coconut oil as I did, but I have super dry skin and this much worked best for me)

Calming bath recipe:
a bathtub full of water (of course)
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup of coconut oil 
10 drops of lavender essential oil
10 drops of jasmine essential oil

Detoxing bath recipe:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup of coconut oil
10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops of peppermint essential oil (otherwise the smell is too strong)

2 comments

  1. this probably sounds like a bad idea but i basically just slather vco or sweet almond oil all over my body when my skin is still damp/wet (because the oils absorb better that way) as a moisturizer for my eczema prone skin. i don't know if this is how the internet wants me to apply oils but i do it this way because i just can't be bothered to mix this and that hahaha i agree with you though, oils are great! i mostly use carrier oils though and never tried essential ones before.

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    1. honestly, just do whatever works for you! it is a lot of effort to get the proportions right and all that fuss

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