An aromatic bath may save you from a lot of trouble. It has great relaxing and soothing effects on the mind and body. An aromatherapy bath can help you relax and enjoy the aromas of essential oils. The latter will also protect you from infections and give you the energy you need to keep on going. Try the Aromatherapy bath and body blends in this article to feel their effects and benefits on your own skin.
Speaking of skin, I’ve prepared a few great beauty tips throughout the article. In the first part of the article I’m going to take you through the benefits of two great therapies. They are so lovely and easy to take advantage of, that you must definitely try them too.
I’m talking about Aromatherapy and Balneotherapy. The latter is just a fancy name that refers to preventing or treating mild affections by bathing. Who doesn’t appreciate a good bath, especially when it smells nice and comes with some peace and quiet?!
In the last part of the article you will find a few Aromatherapy bath and body blends to do yourself. They’re extremely easy to make and the benefits are precious. With them, your mind, body and skin will look and feel many times better than before you hopped into the bath tub.
Aromatherapy and Balneotherapy: Two Great Ways to Unwind, Prevent Illnesses and Have a Beautiful Skin
The two therapies in this title are recognized and recommended by various specialists. They are recommended for the improvement and prevention of many conditions. These conditions may be anything from skin problems to respiratory issues and arthritis.
They’re also a great way of unwinding and relaxing after a hard day or week of work. Above all these benefits, the two therapies can also help your skin look beautiful and healthy.
How? The minerals and aromatic molecules contained in a thermal bath, or a simple bath with essential oils, have many properties. First of all, they are easily absorbed into the skin and blood by inhalation and local applications. They are tiny molecules that travel fast to the brain and nervous system. This ability will allow your mind and body to relax or focus better.
It all depends on the essential oils used in an aromatic bath. At the same time, minerals and antioxidants are necessary for the skin to regenerate. They can help strengthen the protective barrier of the skin. That way, Aromatherapy bath and body products or blends can maintain your skin protected against bacteria and germs.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils. These essential oils may be used in diffusions, local applications and even ingestion. This last use is only recommended if you have professional training or medical approval!
Essential oils are very concentrated plant essences. They’re usually steam distilled from various plant parts, roots, seeds, barks and resins. These aromatic oils have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. They also have anti-inflammatory qualities. Most of them contain antioxidants like vitamin E, A and beta-carotene. All these nutrients and antioxidants are beneficial to the skin.
Once inhaled, aromatic oils can influence your mood too. While doing so, they can destroy most of the bacteria in the lungs and respiratory system and protect against infections.
Essential oils are diluted in vegetable oils and together, they deliver a potent lotion for the skin. Vegetable oils or carriers hydrate the skin and keep it firm and elastic.
This term describes the practice of treating illnesses by bathing. Balneotherapy is most often used in spas everywhere in the world. They use thermal water full of minerals like sulfur, silica and selenium. But they also use special bath tubs in which they add essential oils (EOs). These ones contain aromatic molecules with medicinal properties.
Hot baths that contain natural vapors (essential oil molecules) give the best results at home. There’s no need to go to a thermal spring and have a hot bath there. You can make your own spa at home, in your own bathroom.
The ideal temperature of a balneotherapy is between 68F (20C) – 98.6 (37C). The higher the temperature, the better the aromatic molecules can work their magic. Of course, there’s no need to go above the recommended temperature and risk getting sick.
Here’s how the hot bath therapy works:
- It opens up the pores for the vapors to get absorbed effortlessly.
- The aromatic molecules penetrate deep into the tissue, where they act on the fat tissue as well. This means that the aspect of cellulite will be improved too.
- It will improve the blood circulation.
- With the help of EO molecules, the steam will also nourish and hydrate the skin.
- It will also relax your muscles and the entire body with it.
- Bath therapy can soothe aching muscles and joints too.
- Steam vapors will open up the airways and clear mucus if needed. This is especially beneficial in the cold season when it’s easier to catch the flu or other viruses.
- Bath therapy can help you stay fit.
- It acts on both respiratory system and skin. This double effect is the one that helps your body coping with mild illnesses and skin conditions.
How to use essential oils in a bath
Their molecules are heavier than water so oils don’t mix with water. Oils need a neutral base or another oil to mix well. Luckily, there are several ways to mix them, and some are quite ingenious. Get your inspiration here and use these ways for your mixtures and blends.
Here’s how you can mix your Aromatherapy bath and body blends in hot, steaming water:
- The first obvious choice is your shampoo or bubble bath lotion. Add your choice of oils into these products and use as normal. However, this should be your last option as you have more natural ones to choose from.
- The next, and probably the most luxurious way, is to add your oils to fat milk. That’s real pampering if we remember that Cleopatra used to do it all the time.
- Another easy and simple way of incorporating essential oils to your hot bath is by using bath salts. These bath salts can be sea salt or pink salt, or of course Epsom salt.
- Powdered milk can also be mixed with essential oils and poured into a hot bath. It will disperse beautifully into the water and nourish your skin.
- You could also use some body lotion or cream. Add your essential oils in it and mix well before adding the blend to the tub.
- Finally, you can use honey to blend your favorite aromatic oils for your steaming bath. A tablespoon of honey full of essential oil drops can be mixed with some milk too. Now that is really pleasant, trust me!
The recommended dose for a successful bath therapy
Choose any of the above mentioned ways of mixing essential oils for your hot bath. Add between 10 and 15 drops of EO into a neutral or fat base/bath. Try not to overuse and start slowly at first. You’ll want to avoid headaches or nausea while trying to relax.
Beauty Tips for Aromatic Baths:
1/ When you choose to mix your oils with milk or body lotions, you should massage the blend into your skin as soon as you’re in the water. Inhale deeply to clear the breathing passages and open up the pores.
2/ You could also apply a few drops of essential oil onto your scalp and massage gently. Wash and rinse the hair as normal. Essential oils don’t leave a greasy film on the scalp or the hair. Here’s how to help your hair grow faster and stronger.
3/ When you’re out of the bathtub and before you pat your skin dry, apply some vegetable oil all over your body. The skin will be moisturized and soft all day long, and it wouldn’t take a lot of time either. This is probably the easiest way to maintain your skin firm and well-nourished.
A Few Safety Words
- For any type of Aromatherapy bath and body blend you should always dilute your aromatic oils. First of all, because they don’t mix with water. Second, because they are too concentrated to use on the skin undiluted.
- Do not add more than 15 drops per bath! Otherwise, you risk getting headaches, feeling nauseated or breathless.
- Try to use those oils that suit your body’s needs at the time and not just for their scent. Of course, if the purpose is relaxation then a favorite scent is in order. Otherwise, for respiratory issues for example, you should use Peppermint or Eucalyptus.
- Be very careful with steaming baths if you suffer from heart conditions. Better ask for medical advice before doing balneotherapy.
- Don’t use balneotherapy as a sole remedy against more serious health problems.
- If you use citrus essential oils, make sure they’re steam distilled first. If they’re not, avoid getting out in the sun without protection. Citrus oils may be phototoxic, meaning the skin is more prone to sunburns.
Aromatherapy Bath and Body DIY Blends
By now I think I have you convinced of the positive effects of Aromatherapy and Balneotherapy. You can now make your own spa at home and keep fit, beautiful and relaxed at the same time. How much better can it get?!
Now, if you’d like to get down to business, I’ve got a few blend recipes for you. They’re very simple to make and their benefits to your skin and health will be well-worth your tiny effort.
# Aromatic Bath Salt for Relaxation
- Epsom salt: 2 tablespoons
- Himalayan Salt (pink): 2 tablespoons
- Baking soda: 1 tablespoon
- Bergamot essential oil: 10 drops
- Sandalwood essential oil: 5 drops
Blend all the ingredients together and shake vigorously. Pour it in your steaming water and enjoy. Inhale deeply and massage your skin gently while soaking in all the salt minerals.
This blend is meant to relax and energize your body while toning it too. The essential oils will clear your skin and all mild inflammations. This Aromatherapy bath and body mix will work any day!
# Aromatherapy Body Blend for Better Circulation
- Tamanu oil: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
- Cypress essential oil: 10 drops
- Chili essential oil: 4 drops
- Juniper essential oil: 10 drops
Use this blend after bathing, on your wet skin. Massage it on the concerned areas with very gentle movements. Don’t add this blend to your steaming water. Use it only locally after bath time. The skin and veins will dilate a lot in hot water, so it becomes dangerous if you add it in.
# Stay Fit and Slim Aromatherapy Bath and Body Blend
- Rosemary essential oil: 2 drops
- Juniper essential oil: 2 drops
- Atlas Cedar essential oil: 6 drops
- Grapefruit essential oil: 5 drops
- Milk: 2 cups
Add this mix to your hot water. Inhale deep and massage it into your skin while relaxing for a while. You can also blend all the essential oils with 1 Oz (30 ml) Rosehip seed oil. Use it in gentle massages onto the stomach, thighs, arms and legs after bath.
# Aromatic Bath Salt for Stuffy Nose and Easy Breathing
- Epsom salt: 2 tablespoons
- Himalayan Salt (pink): 2 tablespoons
- Baking soda: 1 tablespoon
- Eucalyptus essential oil: 5 drops
- Lemon essential oil: 5 drops
- Peppermint essential oil: 5 drops
Inhale deeply and massage the blend into your skin, (especially the chest area). This is also a relief from aching muscles and joints caused by colds or flu.
In conclusion, Aromatherapy and Balneotherapy are two great ways of improving the condition of your skin and health. I hope you will try them on your next bath and let me know the results. Just remember those few safety measures before indulging in a pampering bath.
Essential oils are great to have around and to use on almost anything that crosses your mind. They can help you get the skin you’ve always wanted, and they can help you relax and unwind after a hard-working day. When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than a hot bath that stimulates your circulation and warms you up. If you have a cold, a hot bath will help you feel better for sure.
Do you have any favorite Aromatherapy bath and body blends? Would you share them here? Go on, don’t be shy. I’d love to hear from you.