Having a hot bath is probably one of the most relaxing things you can do after a long day, and it is also very therapeutic – hot water can relieve muscle tension almost as effectively as a good massage. Adding a few drops of essential oil to the mix will not only make your skin and bathroom smell good but can also have a few therapeutic effects. But essential oil is the best choice? Different oils have different qualities, so it all depends on the specific effect you want to achieve. Let’s look at some of the most popular essential oils to use in the bathtub and their therapeutic qualities.
Lavender makes your skin beautiful
Lavender oil has a long history of use in cosmetics, due to its very beneficial effects on the skin. It is especially effective for treating dry skin and eczema. Lavender also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory qualities, which make it an effective remedy for acne.
Beauty sleep is one of the best ways to keep your skin healthy and radiant, and lavender oil can also help you sleep tight. A study from 2015 has shown that inhaling lavender improved the quality of sleep in students with self-reported sleep issues, and enhanced their energy levels during the day.
Reduce stress with geranium
Geranium oil has been receiving a lot of attention lately and for a good reason. This incredible essential oil has a great number of beneficial effects – from treating skin irritation to reducing anxiety. Due to its antimicrobial qualities, geranium oil is also successfully used for treating skin conditions like acne and dermatitis.
Add some lemon to boost your mood
When life gives you lemon oil, take a stress-relieving hot bath. This essential oil is one of the all-time favorites, commonly used in aromatherapy for reducing stress and anxiety. It is also used as a natural analgesic, as it can change the way cells interpret pain. There is also some evidence that a fresh scent of lemon can also boost your concentration and memory and help you to study. If you want both your body and mind to enter a relaxed, but focused state, lemon oil might be the essential oil you are looking for.
Another brainpower booster is rosemary oil. Just like lemon, this essential oil can ease stress, enhance brain activity, and relieve fatigue, helping you to achieve that relaxed alertness. Its anti-inflammatory effects are used for treating joint swelling and pain.
Rosemary oil also has amazing antimicrobial effects – it can make certain antibiotics more efficient and help fight off resistant bacteria and fungi. It stimulates the immune system and helps the body to reduce the number of free radicals that cause tissue damage and inflammation.
Besides these incredible health benefits, rosemary essential oil can also make your hair beautiful and shiny by stimulating the growth and strengthening of hair follicles.
*Note: Concentrated essential oils can cause irritation and allergic reactions if they come into contact with the skin, which is why it is necessary to mix them with carrier oils (e.g. olive, coconut, grapeseed, avocado oil). Do not drink essential oils or add them to food; some can be toxic when ingested. Be sure to differentiate edible oils from therapeutic ones.