Many people (and especially women) enjoy a soaking and relaxing bath time routine rather than an exhilarating shower but if you add essential oils to your bath, you can transform an every day occurrence into a heavenly one.
Essential oils added to the bath water will soften the skin as well as absorb the oil to work on both mind and body. And you only need a small amount because the aroma and concentration is heightened in the warm, steamy atmosphere of the bathroom. If you use more than one essential oil, the heat causes the scent of the individual oils to come in waves enabling you to smell them singly and combined.
If you are pregnant, use only 2 drops of oil per bath
In Roman times, bathing was seen as a rite and a ritual to cleanse the body of negative energies. In ancient Asian countries, the wealthier women would enjoy a Princess's Bath
This comes with its own special recipe
- 2 tablespoons of rice powder
- Pinch of turmeric
- 1 teaspoonful of sandalwood or vetiver oil
- 1 small bowl of sesame or jojoba oil
- 4 drops of jasmine and ylang ylang oil
- A few drops of water
- 2 cups natural yogurt
- A handful of scented flowers
The method for this special bath is to grind the rice, turmeric and sandalwood in a pestle and mortar and put to one side. Massage the body with the sesame or jojoba oil. Pound the spice ingredients into a paste with water and smear all over the body and then rub off once dry to exfoliate and polish the skin before rinsing off in the shower. The whole body is then covered with the natural yogurt to moisturize and restore the pH balance before soaking in a warm bath filled with flowers. An Asian belief is that flowers link us to the spiritual world, purging us of all those earthly impurities. Surely a bath time ritual fit for a princess!
Back to a simpler bath time for us lesser mortals...
When getting your bath ready, don't forget to make the room itself as comfortable as possible with a warm room temperature, soft lighting, music playing, lit candles, a neck pillow or rolled towel, soothing eye pads or slices of fresh cucumber, large warm and soft towels and no telephone to disturb you. 'When using oils in your bath, wait until the bath is full before sprinkling drops of your chosen oil or oils, as they tend to evaporate quickly. Avoid immersing yourself completely, as the oils should not come into contact with your eyes. It is best not to use soap in an essential oil bath as this might interfere with, and neutralize, the essential oil action.
The ideal mixed essential oils
- For an anti-stress bath and in 100 ml of neutral bath base, mix 10 drops of jasmine oil, 10 drops of Ylang-ylang essential oil and 10 drops of mandarin oil. For extra toning, add 10 drops of rosemary oil and 20 drops of lemon oil. Keep in a glass bottle as needed.
- A once off relaxing bath base can be made by mixing 1 part baking soda, 2 parts Epsom salts, and 3 parts sea salt. Add six drops of your choice of essential oil to about two tablespoons of this mixture and mix it into bath water just before entering.
Just a single oil for your bath?
Once you are in your bath, relax and close your eyes to calm the spirit and drift into your own world!
- 5 drops bergamot for melancholy or depression
- 7 drops chamomile for insomnia or itchy skin conditions
- 8 drops frankincense to sedate, to calm and to improve your mood
- 10 drops geranium for relaxation but at the same time to energize
- 8 drops jasmine for the problems of apathy, stress or fatigue
- 8 drops sandalwood for intimate and sensual occasions