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Relax in an Essential Oil Bath: A List of 6

Updated on February 18, 2013

6 Essential Oil Baths

Feel like running amok? Enjoying a warm soak in an essential oil bath can help you relax.

Try adding a few drops of neroli essential oil to your bathwater. Neroli oil, extracted from the fragrant flower of the orange tree (Citrus aurantium), has properties that are sedative, antispasmodic and even a bit hypnotic. It is also a natural tranquilizer for those who can't sleep at night.

Listed below are several essential oils to use in the bath and their properties. But first:

What is an essential oil?

An essential oil is a natural substance that is extracted from flowers, herbs, spices, shrubs, grasses, trees and resin. Usually a steam distillation process is used. Essential oils are used to help rejuvenate and energize the body. They are also used to help you relax, heal, soothe and relieve pain in a way that is physical, emotional and psychological. This is also known as aromatherapy.

Note: Essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin - it should be diluted first, such as with a carrier oil used in #2. See more usage tips below.

6 Essential Oil Baths and Their Benefits

1 - Neroli Essential Oil - To Calm and Sedate

10 drops of neroli essential oil

Add oil to tub of warm water/relax for 20 minutes

2 - Sweet Almond Oil and Sandalwood Essential Oil - Moisturize and Heal Dry, Chapped Skin

Sweet almond is a light and easily absorbed carrier oil

3 tablespoons sweet almond oil/8 drops sandalwood essential oil

Combine oils/add to warm bath water/soak for 15 minutes

3 - Juniper and Geranium Essential Oils - Calming and Healing

6 drops juniper essential oil/6 drops geranium essential oil

Add to warm bath water/soak for 15 minutes

4- Cypress and Orange Essential Oils - For Rejuvenating and Toning Oily Skin

4 drops cypress essential oil/4 drops orange essential oil

Combine oils in a warm running bath/soak for 20 minutes

5 - Rosemary and Lavender Essential Oils - Morning Energizer to Get You Out the Door

5 drops rosemary essential oil/2 drops lavender essential oil

Add to bath water/soak for about 10 minutes

6 - Thyme and Eucalyptus Oils - For Back Relief

15 drops thyme essential oil/4 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Combine oils in hot bath water/soak for 15 minutes

After this soothing bath, I rub pure shea butter into my knees - achy knees gone!

For more information about the amazing benefits of pure shea butter see the link below.

Usage Tips:

- To keep a film from forming on the surface of the bath water, add a capful of castile soap. I use Dr. Bronners unscented castile soap

- Generally, a soothing bath takes 5 to 10 drops. Then soak for about 20 minutes to enjoy the benefits

- Store in amber glass, never plastic, away from direct sunlight and in a cool place

- Shelf life is about two years, however, citrus and pine oils loose potency after about 6 months

- Some essential oils may solidify; place in a bowl of hot water to liquefy

- Keep out of reach of children

- Do not use around your eyes

For more feel good tips see the links below:

lavender is used to make an essential oil
lavender is used to make an essential oil


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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much sweetguide. I'm glad you enjoyed the piece!

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      sweetguide 6 years ago from River side

      Very informative piece and well written too. Excellent.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome! How interesting that you were already using eucalyptus, kerlynb. It's like you knew it would be beneficial for you in so many ways. Thanks for writing!

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      I often get nasty backaches because of my osteopenia and because I work a lot on the computer. Might as well try your recommendation - eucalyptus oil. I have always used eucalyptus to make my room smell relaxing. Now I know that I can also use it for my back - never knew that. Many thanks! :)

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Sigh me too CountryCityWoman. I am right here in NYC too and will see what I can rustle up.

      Sounds great the sweet almond and sandalwood drpastorcarlotta. I need to stock up now for my winter therapeutic baths. Mmmmmm.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      GREAT TIPS! I'm with Om Paramapoonya, I think I'll try sweet almond and sandalwood! Voted-Up!

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      CountryCityWoman 6 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      I could so use such a bath right now. It has been dark and raining all day here in NYC with temps in the 40s. A soak now at 8pm would be just perfect.

      I have some lavender flowers - maybe I can crush them or something. I need a therapeutic bath.

      Thanks for the suggestions - and rated up.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm glad you checked back PWalker281! Hmmmm. Maybe I will do a hub about more beneficial essential oils.

      Sounds so good OmParamapoonya - I'll try it.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      My favorite essential oils to put in a bath are lavender and lemongrass, but these other oils you mentioned sound very interesting, too. I think I'll try sweet almond and sandalwood. :)

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Thanks BKC! That's good to know about lime. I knew there was something to it :-).

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you anglnwu and thanks for the rating!

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      I believe in the healing power of essential oils and am glad that you listed different ones for different effects. Rated up.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome carcro. You know when I lived in S. Korea I had a shower room but no tub - so I went out and bought a large plastic tub just so I could squeeze in it and soak. I need that soak. Thanks for writing!

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      I need to get my bathtub back...Great info here, I'll pass this along to my little lady...Thanks for sharing!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Well good news PWalker281 - I just checked my book and there is a lime (Citrus aurantifolia) essential oil. It is a skin conditioner, soothing agent and astringent. Now I want to take a lime bath while drinking a margarita. Thanks for the rating!

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Just like Ardie, I started relaxing from just reading your hub, BKC! Taking a warm therapeutic baths with essential oils sounds heavenly. I have a thing for the scent of lime. Could be all those margaritas I used to drink ;-). It drives me crazy. Wonder if it comes as an essential oil. I'd snap it up in a flash. Great information as usual. Rated up and useful!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much for writing stephhicks68 and the rating. I know what I will be doing in the bathroom later. Mmmmm.

      Me too TheListLady - these soaks as just everything! I admit, I think something is wrong with people that only shower and have never sat in a warm, relaxing tub. Mmmmm.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      I could go for a nice soak right now. There is nothing at all like a therapeutic bath - Mmmmmm. And with lovely essential oils. Mmmmm. Funny how just reading this makes me want to head for the bath right now. I can almost smell the soothing scent.

      Lovely hub. Thanks and rated up.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Nothing like a nice, warm relaxing bath at the end of the day. Great ideas for essential oils to enhance the experience. Rated up!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true Ardie! After writing this I had to go soak in the tub in some oil. Soooo good!

      Yes, I'm with you there Jo - I remember the pure blocks of castile soap - so good. Hope you enjoy a good lavender soak!

      Great Paradise7! Isn't it wonderful how we can visualize the written word? We'll all be in a tub soon.

      Thanks whynot1. I need to stock up for winter.

      Eucalyptus is great Xenonlit. I'm like a new person after sniffing it. Mmmmm.

      Thanks for the great comments. I think I'll look for some more feel good ideas right now to write about.

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      Xenonlit 6 years ago

      I love the eucalyptus and wish that I could find something with a lilac scent.

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      whynot1 6 years ago

      Great! I really love essential oils!

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Lovely! Now I want to take a bath!

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      JOSEPHINE 6 years ago

      I remember the castile soap as a child, that was the only soap we ever had in the house for years.

      Now days I buy a lot of different soaps as well as oils, I do shop a lot at Bath and Body, anything with lavender oils are my favorite......

      After reading your article, I will have to try some other ones...

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Just reading this article and all the essential oil names started relaxing me - I'm a firm believer in aromatherapy. Thanks for the new ideas of oils to try!!