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Updated on October 11, 2015


Aromatherapy uses oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other plant parts to enhance your mental well being. The inhaled aromas from essential oils are widely believed to stimulate the brain activity and trigger a reaction.

One of the most popular and easiest ways to use or introduce Aromatherapy is in the bathtub. The relaxing warm water compliments the essential oil and can provide a release from stress, anxiety and muscle pains. Depending on the oil used, it can also set a sensual tone for a romantic evening.

You won't need expensive brands to take you away. Your Aromatherapy journey can begin with yourself and a few essential oils. With bath products being all the rave, you can also bring family and friends on an Aromatherapy journey with a few-unique to you-Aromatherapy gifts.

The popular bath salts

Everyone loves a bath salt product. Many a person has stood in the bath aisle at the locale store opening the bath salts and inhaling deeply. The labels point you in the direction you are hoping to achieve. Whether it is mental clarity or easing aches and pains, you can find one for any symptom.

As the holidays approach, more and more bath gift sets fill the shelves and fly off them just as quickly since you can never go wrong giving the gift of relaxation. If you know what aroma you like, there is no need to become a nasal passage aroma tester, you can easily give yourself and others the wonderful gift of Aromatherapy bath salts.

Basic bath salt recipe

  • 20 drops essential oil, your preference
  • 3 cups Epson salt or Himalayan Pink Salt, salt
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba oil, carrier oil

The big mix

  1. Place salt in a bowl and mix in the Jojoba oil
  2. Add the drops of the chosen essential oil and mix well
  3. Place mixture in a decorative jar with a tight lid. After one day, mix again so that the oils are well dispersed throughout the salt.

A few oils that love the bath

There are several different essential oils that can make your Aromatherapy bath most enjoyable and relaxing

  1. Rose
  2. Sandalwood
  3. Lavender
  4. German Chamomile
  5. Jasmine
  6. Ylang Ylang
  7. Neroli

Oils to avoid in the bath

Some experimenting is always fun with essential oils but there are definitely oils that will not give you a relaxing aromatherapy bath experience:

  1. Basil
  2. Oregano
  3. Thyme
  4. Nutmeg
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Clove
  7. Black pepper
  8. Bay

And always, always read the labels of any products you are using.

Add a 1/2 cup to running bath water

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      Bren 2 years ago

      Perfect time of year to make my own for Christmas gifts!!