I’ve shared before about how to use essential oils to make effective homemade moisturizers. I always have oils left over so the natural progression would be to use essential oils in my bath oil recipes and I even give them as homemade gifts.
They are not just a simple and easy way to add a touch of luxury to your bath; they will moisten and nourish your skin, along with treating the everyday ailments that you may be suffering with.
- People have been bathing in various things for years; Cleopatra bathed in asses’ milk while Mary queen of Scots preferred to soak in a tub of hot wine.
- Even today most of us won’t even contemplate getting in the tub without adding a little something to it! Unfortunately, most of us end up adding a few cheap bubbles that have absolutely no value to our skin what so ever, and why when we can transform our bath into a heavenly therapeutic experience.
- Adding essential oils in bath water is one of the best aromatherapy treatments there is, more aroma molecules are released from the oils whilst in the bath than during a massage. As you soak in the bath the hot water softens the skin which in turn speeds up oil absorption, this allows the essential oils to become more effective and potent on both the mind and body.
- You will also notice the aroma of the oils is so much stronger in the warm water; it’s almost like sniffing a bunch of flowers. So the next time your thinking of having a bath add a few drops of your homemade bath oil, lie back, close your eyes and enjoy.
How To Use Essential Oils In Your Bath
- The basic principle in adding essential oils to a bath is to select essential oils for their properties and fragrance, then add them to 4 tablespoons of base carrier oil.
- The easiest base oils to use in your homemade bath oils are the light base oils such as Castor Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil or even simple Sunflower Oil.
- Pour your base oil into a dark or clear glass bottle or jar. If using a clear glass jar you will need to protect the oils from waning by storing the finished oils in a dark place, a bathroom cupboard is perfect for this.
- Add about 20 drops of your chosen essential oils (take a look at our essential oil use chart for their properties and scent) cover and shake well.
- Leave the homemade bath oil to blend and mature for about 2 weeks before using.
How To Use Your Bath Oils
Simply add 1 tablespoon of scented oil in your bath and swish around to disburse. Once in the bath use a sponge to massage the oil into the skin.
A Few Well Loved Homemade Bath Oil Recipes
This homemade bath oil leaves you feeling warm and happy inside!
This bath oil has a wonderfully rich and floral fragrance. A simple combination that will leave you feeling very calm and relaxed.
All of the essential oils in this recipe have been chosen to help relieve stress and depression. This uplifting oil will defiantly to put a spring back in your step.
Very Sweet, very fresh and very relaxing, what more can I say!
Alcohol Based Bath Oil
Adding a small amount of spirits will help to distribute the oil in the bath more evenly. You will need to combine;
As with the other bath oil recipes, pour into a dark or clear glass jar or bottle (protecting the oils from daylight if using clear glass) shake well and leave to mature for 2 weeks.
Add 2 tablespoons to each bath and swish it about.
Shampoo Based Bath Oil
Baby shampoo is another very efficient carrier of oils, again helping the oils to disburse quickly and evenly in water.
- 4 fl oz (125ml) base oil (Almond Oil or Sunflower Oil
- 4 tablespoons mild baby shampoo
- 10 drops essential oil(s) of your choice
Pour the base oil into a glass bottle or jar, add the shampoo and give it a good shake.
Add the essential oil, shake again then leave to mature for 2 weeks, not forgetting to protect the oils from daylight. Add 2 tablespoons to each bath and swish it about.
The Best Singular Bath Oils
Adding essential oils in a bath really doesn’t need to be completed, you can start by adding a single essential oil to your bath water.
Essential oils normally last about 2 years if kept in a cool dark place and you literally only need a few drops so they are very cost effective.
I’ve listed below those that I would recommend as the best singular all rounders that can be used and enjoyed at any time of the year.
- Before adding any oils to the bath make sure you close the bathroom door so that you can keep as much of the scent in the room as possible.
- Add the oils drop by drop and don’t be tempted to add more, working on the theory that adding twice as much will get rid of a headache quicker doesn’t work and may just end up irritating the skin.
- On average you will need about 10 drops per bath, but with some of the stronger smelling oils you will only need 5 drops. Stronger smelling oils include; eucalyptus, peppermint, bay, basil, lime, lemon, thyme, rosemary.
10 Best Bath Oils
- Bergamot for depression – 5 drops
- Chamomile for insomnia or itchy skin – 7 drops
- Frankincense for sedative, calming and mood sweetening – 8 drops
- Geranium for relaxing yet uplifting and energising – 10 drops
- Jasmine for apathy, stress or fatigue – 8 drops
- Lavender positive, soothing and relaxing – 10 drops
- Neroli for hypnotic with antidepressant properties – 8 drops
- Patchouli for energising and invigorating – 5 drops
- Rose for happiness and pleasure very romantic – 10 drops
- Sandalwood for sensual and mellowing a good aphrodisiac – 8 drops
How To Make Layered Bath Oil
Here’s how to make layered bath oil, you will love the way it looks in the bathroom. It takes next to no time to make and on top of giving the bathwater a wonderful aroma, your skin will feel soft, smooth and moisturized.
Try to match the color with the scent you choose. For example, a floral scent would match nicely with pink, peppermint with green and red with strawberry.
And don’t go overboard with the color in this bath oil recipe or you might find that you end up with a color mark around the bath or towel.
What you will need:
- 1 cup distilled or spring water
- 1 cup base carrier oil such as almond, sunflower or apricot kernel
- 4 or 5 drops essential oil or Fragrance oil
- 4 or 5 drops food coloring
How to make layered bath oil:
- Add the coloring to water and pour it into a clean glass bottle.
- Add the essential oil to the base oil, then give it a stir to disperse the essential/fragrance oil.
- Pour the oil onto the colored water and let them separate.
- Shake before use, then drizzle a little into a warm running bath (using sparingly if you have greasy skin) relax and enjoy.