So, we just talked about essential oils and the benefits, proper dilution, and safety cautions for using essential oils topically (aka. applying them to the skin). In this post, we are going to chat about how to safely add essential oils to your bath!
Bathing with essential oils is not only wonderful for your senses and for promoting mental and physical relaxation, but it also provides an additional way to apply essential oils to the body in a way that is safe and beneficial.
Now, when we were chatting about essential oils and diluting them in a carrier oil prior to applying them to the skin, I’m sure you noticed that I didn’t list water as a suitable substance to use for essential oil dilution. This is because essential oils are just that. They are oils. Oils and water do not mix. The essential oils molecules do not separate and disperse throughout water, because they stick to each other, or to fats/lipids found in other substances/carriers. Just as essential oils attach to and are absorbed by the fats (lipids) within our skin, the same is true with other lipid dense substances.
If you were to add essential oils directly into your bath, without diluting them in a lipid dense carrier first, this type of essential oil use is essentially equivalent to applying them directly to the skin, without proper dilution or a carrier. As you have learned, this can cause irritation and sanitization of the skin, which we want to avoid.
In order to dilute the essential oils properly within a bath, we must use a carrier rich in fats that both mixes well with essential oils, but also disperses nicely throughout water molecules. For this, whole milk is a great choice, as it is rich in lipids (allowing the essential oils to attach to it’s fat molecules), and can also spread and mix well with the water that you add to your tub.
Steps for safely incorporating essential oils into your bath:
- Fill your bath tub with warm to hot water
- Add 1 tablespoon of whole milk to a glass or small jar
- Choose the essential oils that you would like to incorporate into your bath (choose only eo’s that are safe for topical use, and that you do not have any sensitivities to), and add 1-5 drops of essential oils to the tablespoon of whole milk.
- Stir the whole milk and essential oil mixture with a glass stirring rod (remember essential oils can eat way at plastic), and add the mixture to your bath water
Please take extra care and caution when preparing a bath with essential oils for children, and do not ever add essential oils to your pet’s bath.