Spring might have technically sprung but sometimes the chilly nights still call for a bit of warming up. And what better way to do it than with a warm bath? And by adding a few drops of essential oils, you can turn your bath into a healing and rejuvenating experience that leaves you feeling fabulous.
Dry, itchy skin: Go for lavender and chamomile in your bathwater. Also, apply a nourishing cream or oil after your bath (look for something with avocado, grape seed or olive oil in it).
Lethargy: Rosemary is believed to promote alertness and stimulate memory. Lemon and peppermint oils can also be added for an extra boost.
Stress: For deep relaxation try a blend of bergamot, neroli and lavender. Or you can try ylang-ylang instead of neroli.
Insomnia: To help you sleep, try a blend of chamomile, mandarin and sandalwood. Lavender, neroli or bergamot oils also encourage relaxation.
Aching muscles: Try a soothing cocktail to ease muscles after your work-out: rosemary, chamomile and ylang-ylang.
Hangover: Fennel and grapefruit oils are good for their detoxing and uplifting properties; lavender is good for balancing; and ginger helps increase circulation and helps with any muscle aches or nausea.
Colds and flu: If you’re still suffering from the last of the season’s colds and flu, try eucalyptus, ravensara or niaouli for their decongestant properties.
Make sure to follow these precautions.
- Essential oils should never be used directly on the skin.
- Essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy.
- Less is more – a few drops in your bath is more than adequate.
- Never ingest essential oils. And remember to keep them away from small children!
- Some oils can cause a sensitive or allergic reaction. To be safe do a small skin patch test before immersing your whole body in an essential oil-infused bath.