Aromatherapy, in the form of essential oils, will really add to your bath experience. Lavender and Eucalyptus Oils are two of my favorite essential oils. Must-have staples for any Bathtub Diva.
The health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its aroma which has a particularly clean aroma.
Some of the best health benefits of eucalyptus includes its ability to boost respiratory health, strengthen the immune system, protect skin health, ease tension and anxiety, lower blood sugar, eliminate inflammation, and fight against bacterial infection.
Be careful when adding Essential Oils! Too much can irritate your skin and cause discomfort and then your bath won’t be much fun at all.
Put a few drops in your hand and then swish your hand in the water to disperse. When you get in the tub you can add a few more drops if desired, but don’t just shake the container over the water – you can’t tell how much is coming out – shake a drop or two into your palm and then add to the water.
Wait a few minutes to see how you feel and if you can smell the oil (“aroma” therapy – get it?). Don’t be impatient! Relax! Sniff!
DON’T leave an uncapped essential oil on the side of the tub! See what transpired when I did that – click here for the story – my Eucalyptus Tub Tale.
Thank you Organic Facts for info on Lavender & Eucalyptus!
Very nice site…. good luck!
Thank you for this. I just had a similar event just happen with the peppermint oil. My 15 minutes are coming to a close. I will just measure with my hand next time.
It’s funny how in one minute it’s “all good” and then the next it’s OMG!!!!!
Glad you didn’t suffer too much, and keep using peppermint, it really is a great addition to a bath.
Hello! I came to this site originally to learn about adding essential oils to baths and ended up learning a lot more. I even noticed there was a “Guest Posts” section along the right side. I have some interesting bath insights. What is required to be able to write a guest post? Thanks!
Dear Diva Alisha,
Sorry for my late reply. To submit a guest post send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will review and see if it’s a fit for the website.
The Bathtub Diva
I googled how to find relief from putting too much eucalyptus oil in a bath & just found this article. I’ve always seen it on Dr.Teals pkgs, etc, so thought it would be a good idea to add what appeared to be enough for the water. Now Im burning all over, cuz I wanted to try to relax in it :/
Do u kno what will relieve the irritation? I have an aloe vera plant, but Im worried that may intensify the pain & icing it seems lime it would.
Probably too late now to calm you down! Hopefully the experience has passed and you’re Ok!
I’m not a doctor, so any advice that I give is purely antidotal and relates to experiences I have had by accidently dumping a whole bottle in my bath!
But do try ICE to cool you down. Especially on your wrists and neck.
I am so sorry that you had a bad experience! It just sounds like you put too much oil in your bath. You will recover!
I hope you are OK now.
Let me know!
The Bathtub Diva
You always want to add another oil, a carrier oil to the bath water. Don’t ever put straight essential oil in water. It works the same as when applying topically, you need a carrier oil. I use coconut oil . Put a tablespoon in then mix your oil in with the carrier oil. That will lessen the chance of irritation the skin
Agree with the carrier oils as a must. I, too, made the mistake of pouring the oils directly into the water. Ouch!!!
I have since found that an easy way to do this safely is to keep a small glass bottle (spice size) in my bathroom cabinet. I pour a bit of my carrier oil into the bottle, add my essential oils, swish them around, and pour them into the tub whIle it is filling. Works like a charm.
Beloved Diva Mary Sue,
Great advice! Happy you are enjoying our bath time :)
Big Happy Bubbles,
The Bathtub Diva