Eucalyptus Tub Tale

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, bubbles, Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath (love the Mustard Bath!), and 5 drops of 100% pure Eucalyptus Oil.

After arranging my accouterments on the side of the tub (ducks, wash clothes, hair conditioner, face mask, water bottle, etc…) and then inching my way into the amazingly hot water in the tub – toes, ankle,1/2 of calf, back to ankle, calf again – I was completely prepared for an hour or so of heavenly relaxation and sinus clearing.

Then 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 its contents were now escaping and seeping.  into.  my.  skin.

This was not a pleasant sensation.
It was a most UN-pleasant sensation.

I pulled the bottle out and started to drain some of the water, thinking I could let some water out, then add more water and disperse the oil. But nooooooooooooooo. Water distribution didn’t affect the now rampaging 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, grabbed a few bags of frozen edamame and placed them in strategic locations. It felt like my body was on fire in sort of cool weird under the skin way.

After about 10 minutes I was happy that I would not have to call the paramedics, and, the edamame was defrosted.

The upside to this tale is that the cold never came on,  I had edamame for dinner, and now I always check the lids to the oils!

If this ever happens to you, exit the tub immediately! If you can, get in a cool shower, or get to the freezer and place some ice packs on your skin. Most of all, don’t panic! The burning feeling should pass in a few minutes.

Keep “sport” ice packs in the freezer, also bags of frozen edamame or corn are great for cool packs as they conform to where you place them. Even putting some ice cubes in a plastic bag will work fine.



  1. Amanda July 9, 2018 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Funny I was just in the bath same scenario I found this blog by typing in does eucalyptus oil burn your skin. I also mixed mine with Dr. Teals soothe and sleep Epsom salt. I didn’t have the bottle leak but it set my skin on FIRE wonder if the two shouldn’t be mixed?

    • The Bathtub Diva July 9, 2018 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      Dear Diva Amanda,

      That’s a pretty strong reaction! Sorry that happened and wrecked your bath. I have a feeling it was more the eucalyptus than the Dr. Teals, as that stuff is pretty mild – especially since you had the Soothe & Sleep variety. And I have mixed oils together without explosive results!

      You might just be super sensitive to eucalyptus. Or maybe you just put too much in? Don’t give up! Try again but really pay attention to how much oil you put in – like 3 drops at a time – and don’t mix it with anything else, just to be sure you are ok with it. Eucalyptus is so good, especially if you have a cold, I hope you give it another chance. Eucalyptus Oil in Wikipedia article

      Let me know how it goes!

      Happiest Bubbles,
      The Bathtub Diva

  2. Lani July 12, 2018 at 12:47 am - Reply

    Ahhh just happened to me!! How ling is it gonna burn for!!? I bought undiluted by accident instead of my normal (I’m blaming chest infection!!)

  3. Tina July 22, 2018 at 9:48 am - Reply

    I’m sure it’s the eucalyptus oil as I don’t use the Epsom salt and the same thing happened to me. I wondered if there was too much. But it’s only targeting areas, and never the same area. So I wondered if it’s inflammation in those areas it’s targeting, and too much of the eucalyptus oil as well.

    • The Bathtub Diva July 23, 2018 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      Probably too much eucalyptus oil! So sorry for your experience! Don’t let this put you off taking a bath for healing and relaxation! And if you use eucalyptus oil again, just do it A DROP AT A TIME!

      Happy bubbles,
      The Bathtub Diva

    • Mikayla November 20, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      tina, i’m wondering the same it’s always in my legs and i have been told i have a lot of toxin build up in my legs…

  4. Kelly July 27, 2018 at 5:02 am - Reply

    I did this but used near 1/4 bottle of oil oh my did it burn

    • The Bathtub Diva July 28, 2018 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      You used too much! So sorry for your experience !

      But do not give up on bathtime because of that 😊

      The Bathtub Diva

  5. Tammy July 31, 2018 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    I had a similar experience by shaking the peppermint bottle over the water and had inadvertently put to much in.

  6. Silly momma August 1, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Ahh just did the same thing only used the oil my buns are on fire! What helps make the burning stop???

  7. Pancho August 2, 2018 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    I was coming on with the flu, so my girlfriend prepared a “nice” hot bath for me. 1 hot water, 2 cups Epsom salt and she grabbed the peppermint and melaleuca oils. She kept shaking it violently, I told her enough is enough already! Who knows 60+ drops total? Kinda felt like adding gasoline, burns! The water could have been ice cold and I would have been burning. I rinsed off after only 5 minutes in, didn’t wash off. I’m feeling the burn/cool sensation now, hopefully gone when I wake up in the morning and the flu will be burnt out.
    P.s. we got in a argument, because I looked it up, she went home and left me and my burning flesh here to figure it out.

    • The Bathtub Diva August 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm - Reply

      Diva Pancho,

      60 drops is most definitely too much! I hope you are feeling better today.
      And having a fight while in a bathtub is not the best way to relax! Sorry to hear your tub-time was so traumatic.
      Wishing you lots of peaceful, quiet and relaxing baths in the future – with just a FEW drops of oil!


      The Bathtub Diva

  8. Charlie August 4, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    i used some eucalyptus infused epsom salts just bow and i wouldnt call the sensation burning so much as really cold! its not quite painful but its not comfy either, i can tell im sitting in a hot bath but im freezing. i think definitely used too much :O

  9. Sarah L August 6, 2018 at 6:40 am - Reply

    I just did the same thing yesterday. I have had a cold/flu that came on yesterday morning, so I decided to take a warm bath with peppermint oil. Being an oil amateur, I POURED the oil in the bath. It probably amounted to 2 or 3 tablespoons. I sat down and felt so relaxed when all of the sudden, my skin was on fire! I jumped up and started draining the tub and tried refilling it but it was no use. I took 3 showers to try to wash it off and the hot water felt freezing and made everything worse. I jumped into some warm pjs and hopped in bed but literally felt so cold and hot at the same time. It was the worst experience ever! Thankfully, I read a blog that led me to rubbing carrier oil on the affected area (which was my entire body!) This helped tremendously. After about and hour and a half, the burning went away and my skin felt normal again. There will always be emotional damage, but at least I didn’t turn into a peppermint stick. 😀

    • The Bathtub Diva August 7, 2018 at 4:51 pm - Reply

      Dear Diva Sarah,

      So happy you survived! Good Lord. You totally overdid it on the oil – so sorry! Peppermint is wonderful in SMALL DOSES!!!!

      But I’m sure you would have been a very cute peppermint stick 🙂

      Take it easy on the next bath and just put in a FEW DROPS!

      Love and Bubbles,
      The Bathtub Diva

  10. Mandy August 8, 2018 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    I put in 3 drops (nothing else in the water) and it’s burning my skin already. Behind my legs and the backs of my legs especially

    • The Bathtub Diva August 10, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Dearest Diva Mandy,

      Whoa! You are super sensitive! Eucalyptus might not be the oil for you! Or else just one teeny weeny drop! So sorry you had a bad bath. But do keep bathing WITHOUT the oil!

      Love and many bubbles,
      The Bathtub Diva

  11. Mallory August 18, 2018 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Wow so glad, well also sorry, but reassured so many others out there had bad tub experiences too! I used to only put epsom salts in the tub with me, but we have some oils around so I added almost 10 drops eucalyptus and almost 10 drops tea tree oil – and the backs of my knees were *burning* so bad… but only in that one spot luckily, so I didn’t think too much of it since it was affecting all of my skin, but it was weird and uncomfortable enough to make me get out 🙁 I’ll try again next time maybe with less…. or maybe just the salts!

    • The Bathtub Diva August 22, 2018 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      Darling Diva Mallory,

      Good Lord! You had an epic OIL experience! So sorry! But yes, too much of either oil will be…TOO MUCH! They are both powerful healers – in moderation! Sorry your bath time was spoiled with excess oils. Try again but with much less! Or just one, not both. Happy to hear you are willing to try again. And yes, just Epsom salts are terrific by themselves. Thank you so much for writing and visiting Te Bath Tub Diva website!

      Love and lovely future baths,
      The Bathtub Diva

  12. David August 19, 2018 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I’m similar to Amanda. My partner just dribbled some oil in my bath and within a minute my skin was stinging. Might have been the amount she put in, not sure.

    • The Bathtub Diva August 22, 2018 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      You might be allergic to the oils. So sorry for your experience!

    • The Bathtub Diva August 22, 2018 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      Not sure what oil you used David, but whatever it was was probably too much for your skin! So sorry for your experience! You just might be supersensitive eucalyptus or peppermint. In that case, stay away from them! But don’t stop taking bathes because of that.

      Just use Epsom salts and bubbles and you should be fine.

      So sorry you had a bad experience!

      Happy bubblie love,
      The Bathtub Diva

  13. Elizabeth August 28, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Literally just did this and it BURNS! I’ve put eucalyptus oil in by itself and not had a reaction. Mixed it with an aveeno bubble/body wash and BOOM – burning. How long does this last?

    • The Bathtub Diva August 29, 2018 at 12:42 am - Reply

      Dear Diva Elizabeth,

      As you know, it doesn’t last long!
      Sorry for my late reply. But what a weird burning combo with Aveeno 🙁
      Don’t do that again!

      The Bathtub Diva

  14. Rebecca August 30, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I put eucalyptus oil into my bath last night, because I had clogged sinus, etc. It did not burn my skin, but I could not sleep until 3:30am. My heart was pounding, and my body tingled, and I was wide awake, as if I drank 3 cups of coffee before bed. Anyone else experience this over-stimulation? I do believe I put too much in.

    • The Bathtub Diva August 31, 2018 at 12:27 am - Reply

      Dear Diva Rebecca,

      WOW! That was an extreme reaction! I’m so sorry, it sounds like you are a super sensitive soul.

      Not sure if it was the eucalyptus oil that caused your distress or if something else was going on with the cold/fever. Usually if there is too much oil you can feel it right away in the bath, but you didn’t. So I wonder about that. Eucalyptus oil is a MILD stimulant Health Benefits but your reaction goes beyond that.

      Do try it again to clear sinuses as it’s usually very helpful for that.

      All the best for clogged noses,
      The Bathtub Diva

  15. Gary August 31, 2018 at 3:22 am - Reply

    This is great information. My bottle of eucalyptus oil has been sitting collecting dust because I used it once in a bath and never used it again. I guess a full tablespoon is just a little too much.

    • The Bathtub Diva September 1, 2018 at 12:36 am - Reply

      Darling Diva Gary,

      Yep, a tablespoon is probably a bit too much! Try less next time and add some bubbles too! And a rubber duck.
      Assuming you are a guy, Gary, my boyfriend LOVES bubbles with his bath, but he never did bubbles until I poured them in, so try it if you haven’t already! You can start with Mister Bubble – let me know how it goes.

      The Bathtub Diva

  16. Michelle September 1, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Thank heavens all of this came up in my search! I just got a bath with Epsom salt and several drops of eucalyptus! My legs and back are in fire!!!! Sorry you all experienced it, but thanks for the reassurance!!!

    • The Bathtub Diva September 2, 2018 at 12:34 am - Reply

      Dear Diva Michelle,

      Happy you survived! So sorry you had a fiery time! I’ve done that too! It’s awful!
      BUT, I’ve reduced my “dose” of eucalyptus oil and have had many happy baths since then with the Eucalyptus Goddess!

      The Bathtub Diva

  17. Nancy September 3, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Dear Diva Sisters-
    A eucalyptus overdose in the tub today. Was exactly the same experience. I “shook” the oil in w Epsom salts & Baking soda. Just like the Bold letters said Not to do! (Which I read after).
    The back of my thigh and smile muscles were starting to tingle and burn.
    So I terminated the mission and put on aloe gel and shea Butter.
    The last Time I felt that was snorkeling on the Big Island and had sat on a mossy rock which was filled w little Bacterial creatures.

    • The Bathtub Diva September 4, 2018 at 12:16 am - Reply

      Dear Diva Nancy,

      Thank you SO MUCH for this post and so glad you “aborted the mission” and got out of the tub!
      So sorry you read the BOLD LETTERS NOT TO DO a bit too late!

      I am sorry for my delay in responding, just been up to my ears in other bubbles requiring my attention!
      Nancy, you are a LOVE for writing and I am so happy you survived your eucalyptus overdose and Big Island mossy bacterial creatures!

      Do try eucalyptus again in your bath – just not so much…

      Biggest Loves and Bubbles,
      The Bathtub Diva

  18. Nay October 27, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Omg, i literally had to just out my bath. I used eucalyptus and Epson salt. I started getting prickly through my body, it was terrible.

    • The Bathtub Diva October 28, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Dear Diva Naomi,

      Oh no!!!! Epson salt wouldn’t have done that, how much eucalyptus did you use? Sounds like too much!
      Some Epsom salts come with the eucalyptus mixed in already – perhaps try one of those next time?

      I hope you try again with better success. Eucalyptus is such a wonderful healing oil, especially with wintertime colds and congestion. Let me know how it goes!

      All the best bubble and love,

      The Bathtub Diva

      We’ve got some nice Epsom Salt with eucalyptus bath salt options in our SHOP.

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