Last week I felt a bit of a cold coming on so of course, I made a dash for the tub. I filled it with screaming hot water, then added Epsom salts, Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath (love the Mustard Bath!), and 5 drops of 100% pure Eucalyptus Oil and bubbles.
After inching my way into the tub – because it really was amazingly hot – and adjusting my accouterments (ducks, wash clothes, hair conditioner, face mask, water bottle, etc…) I was completely prepared for an hour or so of heavenly relaxation and sinus clearing when I noticed that my legs, bum and back were starting to feel rather…odd.
As in uncomfortable and prickly.
As in kinda sorta starting to burn feeling.
I thought of the Eucalyptus Oil and wondered if I had put too much in – but it was only 5 drops! At that moment my hand grazed over a bottle shaped object at the bottom of the tub.
Which turned out to be a bottle.
Of 100 % Eucalyptus Oil.
Without the lid on.
Leisurely leaking into the tub.
Apparently when I was settling in I had knocked the bottle into the tub and it’s contents were now escaping and seeping into my skin.
This was not a pleasant sensation.
I pulled the bottle out and started to drain some of the water, thinking I could drain some water out, then add more water and disperse the oil. But nooooooooooooooo. Water distribution didn’t affect the now startling feelings of intense burning (and some of it in some rather delicate places) so I scrambled out of the tub and made a run for the freezer and a bag of frozen edamame and sat on that until the burning subsided. About 15 minutes. It felt like my body was on fire is a sort of cool way.
The upside to this tale is that the cold never came on! And I always screw the lids back on!