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Therapeutic Essential Oils for Your Next Bath

Posted on April 18 2017

An essential oil is made by extracting the essence of a plant through various methods such as steaming. It is highly concentrated, so it has to be combined with a carrier oil for topical use or aromatherapy. It can also be added directly to your bath water since it will be diluted at a high ratio of oil to water. The oil is soaked deeply into the skin, which helps heal the body. The essential oils that can be added to bathwater depend on any health issues that a person may have because each oil has unique properties. The following is a short list of some examples of therapeutic essential oil uses:


Aches and Pains


Peppermint and spearmint essential oils both naturally contain menthol that helps relieve pain by tricking the body into thinking that it feels a cold sensation on the skin when the body's core temperature hasn't really changed. Menthol works so effectively that it is often the main ingredient in many types of topical pain relief products. It only takes a few drops of each essential oil for pain relief that lasts for hours.


Stress and Anxiety


When you've had a bad day, there are just two essential oils that you need to feel better. The first one is chamomile. This flower is calming to the body and  is so safe that even babies can use it. The other one is lavender. It has an intoxicating scent, which makes it a common addition to perfumes. Lavender also naturally soothes emotions and tense muscles so you can relax. Just be sure to only soak in this bath right before bedtime because both of these essential oils also induce sleep.


Inflammation and Pain


Frankincense has been used for thousands of years for a wide variety of health issues. But as an essential oil, it works the best for soothing aching muscles and joints. For the best effect, you can combine it with a spoonful of dried turmeric in your bath water. This common yellow spice works fast to alleviate inflammation, so your body can heal faster.


Cold and Flu Symptoms


For stuffy noses, headaches, and sinus congestion, add several drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your bath water. It will help relieve cold and flu symptoms without any dangerous side effects. Some people stir in a cup of sea salt to the bath water with the eucalyptus oil because it acts as a natural antibacterial and antiviral agent.


Fatigue


Bath products don't just calm the body down, they can also increase energy if citrus essential oils are added to them. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit all lift the spirit up and increase positive emotions. They also improve blood flow throughout the body, which helps relieve fatigue.


Before using essential oils, it is best to test them on the wrist or hand to see if they will cause any irritation. Some people have more sensitive skin than others, so start out with a small amount at first to see how the body reacts to them.

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