Aromatherapy can have amazing benefits, pair it with a warm bath...aah, a little bit of heaven! Creating an aromatherapy bath is not as simple as just adding essential oil to your bath water.
We will share a simple Aromatherapy Bath Recipe and you will find 50 essential oil options to try in your bath, depending on what type of support you need. Plus, hear from our fan on what there favorite oils are for their bathing routine!
There is more you need to know about before you step into that oily bath. First, lets look at essential oil safety.
Essential Oil Bath Safety
According to Essential Oil Safety by Tisserand & Young, here is what is mentioned on Baths:
Whenever essential oils are "mixed" with water without dispersing agent, there is a risk of skin irritation, since undiluted droplets of essential oil can attach to the skin, sometimes in sensitive areas. Therefore, essential oils should first be dispersed in a vegetable oil, or emulsified into an aqueous medium by use of emulsifying agent.
Read More: How to Safely Use Essential Oils for Bathing
Aromatherapy Bath Recipe
Here are three recipe options to safely add essential oils to bath. Keep in mind that using a carrier oil in the bath can make the tub very slippery! Using the carrier oil option, remember that oil and water do not mix so while your essential oils will be diluted, the oil will still float on the top of the water.
Using Castile Soap:
- 1 tablespoon Castile Soap
- 3-6 drops Essential Oils
Using Carrier Oil:
Solubol is an all natural solution to disperse essential oils into water evenly, I buy mine from Aromatics (with this link you can get a discount off first purchase).
- 1 teaspoon Solubol
- 3-6 drops Essential Oils
Step 1: Run bath water to a suitable temperature for your skin. While filling your tub you can add in Epsom Salt, Dead Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt for additional benefits, 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup. It is best to add salt to running bathwater so the salt can dissolve.
Read More: Benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt
Step 2: Add your essential oil mixture to bathwater once filled, swirl water with hand to blend. Carefully get into bath (don't wait, the warm water will cause the essential oils to start evaporating). You may want to close the door to keep the aroma in your bathroom for your aromatic pleasure.
50 Oily Ideas for an Aromatherapy Bath
Here are 12 ways that essential oils can support your wellness in a bath, along with essential oil options to use for each. If you do not have one oil, no problem, there are always other essential oils to try.
That is one thing I love about oils, their versatility and ability to aid in so many ways.
Essential Oils to Try:
Bath for Child
(use 3 drops total)
My Favorite Bath Essential Oil Blends
- 3 drops Sweet Orange
- 3 drops Lavender
Sandra B. likes this combo too "Orange and Lavender - Mix them together in Castile soap and put in bath water. Very relaxing."
Calm Frazzled Nerves
- 3 drops Coriander
- 3 drops Sweet Orange
- 3 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Frankincense
Essential Oils NOT to Use in Bath
You will not want to use essential oils that are known skin irritants, mucous membrane irritants, or skin sensitizers. Here is a list to avoid:
|Thyme ct. thymol||Thymus vulgaris|
|Cinnamon (bark or leaf)||Cinnamomum zeylanicum|
|Clove (bud or leaf)||Syzygium aromaticum|
|Lemon verbena||Lippia citriodora|
|Peru balsam||Myroxylon pereirae|
You can read more about dermal safety and essential oils at NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil is a favorite oil but in the bath it may irritate and burn the skin. Best to use caution or avoid it all together. Several of our readers choose peppermint oil as a favorite for bathing (read more below).
Phototoxic Essential Oils - Use Caution in Bath
These essential oils pose a risk to skin when applied topically and then skin is exposed to sunlight or tanning bed rays. You must wait at least 12 hours after application. Since you will be soaking in a bath of essential oils, use caution with these common phototoxic essential oils:
|Laurel Leaf Absolute||Lemon (expressed)|
|Lime (expressed)||Bitter Orange (expressed)|
It doesn't mean you cannot use these, it just means to use caution with sun exposure and pay attention to dilution.
Read More: Phototoxic Essential Oils
Fan Favorites Essential Oils for Bathing Routine
We asked our readers an oily question in our weekly giveaway:
What essential oils do you like to use in your bathing routine?
The number one essential oil mentioned....LAVENDER!
Readers love the smell of this oil, how good it is for the skin, as well as its soothing, calming, and relaxing properties. Frankincense and peppermint were the next most popular oils mentioned.
Here are some reader responses to this question:
Frankincense, Lavender, Patchouli, Tea Tree. I make my own bath wash and shampoo and include all of these wonderful EOs in them! -Jennifer E.
Lavender and peppermint added to Himalayan salt to soak away stresses of a long day of medical cases. This is so soothing to the mind and muscles. Rosemary added to my shampoo/conditioner to unwind and relieve senses, along with adding hair growth/thickening benefits to my thin hair. This routine give you back the sense of self. -Jill M.
After I bathe, I like to put tea tree on my face, to help with blemishes and overall skin health. -Kerry H.
Peppermint - it is energizing and wakes me up. Plus it seems to smell "right" no matter what the season. -Julie D.
Citrus oils for me are uplifting and I love to use them as a body soak with Epsom salts. The salts are great for sore muscles as well. Just add several drops into a container of Epsom salts, mix and use a 1/4 cup in your bath water. -Molly L.
I love to take a Epsom salt lavender bath! It's so calming at night right before bed! -Montana D.
Lavender with Epsom salts to relax. Eucalyptus in a shower steamer with I'm feeling congested. -Wanda S.
Lavender and Melaleuca in my soap for their relaxing and cleansing benefits, Rosemary and Peppermint in my shampoo for hair growth and itchy scalp. -Kimberly Z.
Eucalyptus and mint gets me picked up and ready to go face the day. It eases stress and clears the sinuses. -Julie D.
I put 2-3 drops geranium essential oil in bathtub and soak for 20 min with just peace and quiet. -Cindy E.
Lavender is my favorite. It is calming and relaxing. I like to use it in soap making, shower balms, and sometimes just a drop or two on the washcloth. Other favorites our Orange and Tea Tree. -Sandy F.
Lavender because it helps me destress & get ready for bed. -Heather R.
Frankincense is my absolute favorite oil! It's more than just calming or relaxing automatically, it soothes my soul! I especially love it in baths. I use it fairly regularly with about equal parts juniper berry in a mix of olive, almond, avocado, and jojoba oils on my face and body. It helps soothe dry, itchy, angry skin. -Phyllis T.
Lavender or peppermint depending on what's scheduled. -Mary Jo V.
Eucalyptus & Peppermint when I'm feeling stuffy or need some extra deep breathing! I put lavender in my lotion after showering if I shower at night. I sometimes use frankincense in my face lotion as well. -Leann P.
I prefer showers and I use peppermint drops in the bottom of my bathtub as I shower in the morning. It’s a great wake me up!! -Cheryl A.
At night I use Lavender EO with Epsom salts in a bath to wind down and get ready for sleep. I suffer from Adrenal Fatigue and this helps my body and mind calm down and relax. -Wild C.
I use Rose Otto in with Vitamin E oil and FCO after I'm done in the shower. I just let the water bead off or I Pat myself dry. My skin is so soft afterwards. -Diane K.
I like to use lavender because it is a good calming oil before bedtime and tea tree because it is good for your hair and skin clarity! -Dannielle I.
I love orange, cardamom, lavender, cedarwood, and jasmine to name a few. I love the relaxation and uplifting calm that these oils give me. Bath time is happy time! -Tanae B.
Lavender and chamomile oil are musts when relaxing in a hot bath at the end of the day. It helps bring peace and calmness to my otherwise hectic life. -Patricia M.
I love to use Grapefruit, Peppermint and Lavender. The combination is wonderful in the morning to wake me up and get me going! I made bath salts to use if I have time in the morning. If I have too much to do I followed your recipe for shower melts and use these. -Teresa S.
Bergamot, Lavender, Chamomile with powdered skim milk and baking soda....soft soft and makes whole house smell great. Even my husband asks for it!!! -Nicole K.
I LOVE jasmine in grapeseed oil after I get out of the bath!!! It's so uplifting and makes me happy the rest of the day! I also enjoy using lavender, tea tree, calendula, helichrysium & frankincense in marula oil or prickly pear for my face! -Vanessa B.
After my shower I like to use on my skin a 1 oz bottle mix of jojoba and lavender oil. I just rub it on like lotion and the smell is so calming. -Liz R.
I use fractionated coconut oil to wash my face. My homemade shampoo bars contain lavender, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils. I add various essential oils to my homemade soap, depending on what properties or scents I want. My face cream has lavender, frankincense, and tea tree to soothe, heal, and protect my sensitive skin. -Connie M.
Lemon and lime, refreshing and awaken the senses in the morning. -Jennifer H.
I use frankincense, lavender, sandalwood, and sweet orange oils in a salt/sugar scrub with coconut oil. These are among the many skin-loving oils and they make a lovely fragrance together. -Claudia S.
I use Geranium oil in my hair conditioner, and after my shower I use a drop each of Rosemary, Grapefruit and Frankincense in a fractionated coconut oil carrier to massage my feet and as a natural deodorant - Happy and energizing and uplifting! -Deb T.
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More DIY Recipes to Try:
- Lemon Bath Melts
- Cedarwood Heart Soap for Sensitive Skin
- Love Potion Essential Oil Roll On Perfume
- DIY Recipes for Sore Feet
- Refreshing Eucalyptus Soap Recipe
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