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Aromatherapy Bath Recipes For Relaxing and Healing

Woman Taking Aromatherapy Bath

Using aromatherapy bath recipes can help you relax and heal. The variety of bath aromatherapy is almost endless.

Feel free to experiment with your favorite essential oils, keeping in mind that some oils are "hot" and can burn or irritate your skin or mucous membranes if used in high concentrations.

Basic Aromatherapy Bath Recipe

Here's a basic way to make your own aromatherapy bath: Mix 2 cups Epsom salts and 8 to 10 drops essential oil of your choice into the bath water.

Epsom salt contains magnesium, which is a natural depression reliever and muscle relaxer. Lavender essential oil is a great choice for general relaxation.

Enjoy the following bath blends. Also, learn to make aromatherapy bath salts and bath bombs.

Healing Essential Oils For Bath Blends

Blend the ingredients and add them to your bath.

To ease depressed feelings:

  • 1 drop melissa
  • 2 drops rose
  • 2 drops jasmine
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil or milk

See more aromatherapy for depression suggestions.

To reduce anxiety:

  • 3 drops Roman or German chamomile
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 1 drop mandarin
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil or milk

Essential oils for panic attacks.

To help you sleep:

  • 4 drops marjoram
  • 2 drops Roman or German chamomile
  • 1 teaspoon carrier oil or milk

See more suggestions for insomnia.

To reduce fluid retention or edema:

  • 4 drops juniper
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 cups sea salt

To reduce heat and inflammation:

  • 4 drops lavender
  • 2 drops eucalyptus
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar

To relieve muscle soreness and stiffness:

  • 3 drops lavender
  • 5 drops juniper
  • 6 drops rosemary
  • 2 cups Epsom salts

Sources: Healing With Aromatherapy and Pure Scents for Well Being.

Detox Bath

Adapted from a recipe by aromatherapist KG Stiles

  1. Add 5 to 8 drops of cypress essential oil (or other detoxifying essential oil or blend) to 1 to 4 cups of sea salt in a bowl. Stir together briefly.
  2. Fill your tub with warm/hot water and stir in salt/essential oil blend.
  3. Relax in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes or until the water cools. As you soak, imagine any toxins or negative emotions being drawn out and cleansed completely from your body and mind.

Skin Care Aromatherapy Bath Recipes

If you have sensitive skin, soothe it with this bath blend:

  • 4 drops Roman or German chamomile
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 egg yolk
  1. Blend essential oils into egg yolk.
  2. Add the mixture to your bath water.

For oily skin or a fungal infection, use this blend:

  • 25 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 4 ounces vinegar
  1. Mix essential oils and vinegar in a bottle. 
  2. Let the mixture sit for a week, shaking the bottle daily.
  3. Use 2 tablespoons for each bath.

Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

I recommend Young Living essential oils.

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