Bath bombs are simple and fun to make on your own or with help. They are also fun to use. Adding some essential oils to your bath bombs, Eucalyptus especially can make them therapeutic too. Give these Eucalyptus bath bomb recipes a try next time you feel down or ill.
In this post, I’ll be telling you about:
- Bath bombs in general and their benefits in baths.
- Eucalyptus essential oil, its pros, and cons, and chemotypes too. You’ll need to distinguish between Eucalyptus varieties to use them safely.
- How to use these bath bombs with Eucalyptus.
- How and what to use to wrap them nicely.
- One detailed recipe of Eucalyptus bath bombs and seven other scent ideas. These blends can help you with various health or mood conditions.
What is a Eucalyptus Bath Bomb Good For? Pros and Cons, and How to Use
You’ve heard about bath bombs, right? What am I saying here, you’ve probably recently used up your store-bought stash and you’re looking for a DIY project.
Let me tell you, there’s no easier project you could have chosen. Except maybe making an Aromatherapy blend (carrier + essential oil).
Eucalyptus is a very popular scent and remedy. Bath bombs are a fun way to enhance your bath time and to relax more easily. Thus, the two products together can make a great combination.
When it comes to gifts and surprises, Eucalyptus bath bombs can also make a great choice.
It’ll take a bit of practice to get them right though. As gifts, you’ll want your fizz balls to look perfect.
Let’s see what their benefits are, but let’s not forget the safety precautions as well. When you have major health problems, they can cause serious trouble.
Eucalyptus Bath Bombs Benefits
Homemade Aromatherapy bath bombs are a good way of saving money. They can also improve your health and skin appearance, among others.
Commercial bath bombs usually contain lots of toxic substances that, in time, may harm your body. This is one of the main reasons why so many choose to make their own bath bombs.
Luckily, they are also easy to make and you can control what goes in them, as well as their health effects.
A bath bomb can:
- Soften the skin.
- Give the skin some glow.
- Promote exfoliation.
- Soothe itching and other irritation problems.
- Scent the bathroom with lovely aromas.
- With the help of essential oils, it can improve your mood.
- Soften the hair.
- Give the hair some luster.
Bath bombs can be very therapeutic, especially when the right essential oils are used. One such very good essence is Eucalyptus. Discover its properties, benefits, and side effects next.
What Eucalyptus Oil Variety to Use?
Eucalyptus is a plant genus of tall, flowering trees or shrubs. It belongs to the Myrtaceae plant family (Myrtle).
These trees and shrubs dominate the forests of Australia, but they can also grow in Brazil, Spain, China, Indonesia, etc. Both the tropical and temperate climates favor the growth of Eucalyptus.
There are over 700 different species of Eucalyptus, but only a few of them have commercial value.
The most common Eucalyptus oils are extracted from E. citriodora, E. globulus, and E. radiata. There is also the Eucalyptus smithii, a gentler but not as popular variety of Eucalyptus oil.
Eucalyptus globulus is actually the main source of essential oil for the whole globe.
Each essence has a different chemical composition. This gives them separate therapeutic effects. Some are better used only on adults, while others, like E. smithii, can also be used on young children.
Next, I’ll give you the details (pros and cons) of 3 of the most common Eucalyptus oils.
Make sure you read them before using any of them, to avoid unnecessary complications.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil Chemotypes:
1) Lemon Eucalyptus Essential oil (E. citriodora)
- The chemical composition of this essence is 60 – 82% citronellal. It also contains approximately 8% citronellol. The first is a terpene aldehyde and the second, a terpene alcohol. They are strong antimicrobials.
- The smell of this oil is a very strong lemon-citronella scent with rose notes. It also has spicy notes.
- The oil has sedative, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties.
- Using Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil in a bath bomb can also soothe inflammation.
- It can also help to decrease the size of edema.
- Also, studies show that Lemon Eucalyptus can destroy Candida strains.
- The high content of citronellol can irritate the skin.
- Some people may experience coughing or tears from this oil. This can be a problem, especially if the Lemon Eucalyptus is used in a bath bomb. The steam will disperse it throughout the room and if you are sensitive enough, it can affect your eyes and lungs. You can use very small amounts, but after you’ve tested it first in a diffuser.
2) Eucalyptus essential oil (E. globulus)
- This Eucalyptus chemotype contains 60 – 75% eucalyptol, also known as 1,8 cineole. This molecule is also present, in high quantity, in Rosemary oil. E. globulus also contains a bit (6 – 20%) of alpha-pinene and 11% limonene. They add to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects of the oil.
- The oil has a refreshing and spicy scent, characteristic of eucalyptus. It smells a bit like camphor too.
- Eucalyptus globulus oil is antibacterial and antiviral.
- It can help relieve mucus and improve breathing.
- The oil can also soothe inflammation and spasms. Eucalyptus globulus can also help with edemas and other swellings.
- Avoid using Eucalyptus globulus in bath bombs if you are asthmatic. Seek your doctor’s counsel before trying any essential oil in general.
- This oil can also be dangerous to people with epilepsy or those prone to seizures.
- Dilute the oil with another milder essence to avoid tears or irritation.
3) Eucalyptus essential oil (E. radiata)
- This chemotype of Eucalyptus contains even more eucalyptol. It also contains limonene and alpha-pinene. It contains some alpha thujene and a-terpineol too. All these make the oil of Eucalyptus radiata very effective in the winter. It has almost the same properties and health effects as E. globulus.
- A Eucalyptus radiata bath bomb can irritate the skin, especially if it’s used in large amounts.
- If you suffer from asthma, check with your doctor before using this oil.
- Eucalyptus radiata has a high risk of causing a seizure.
Don’t use any Eucalyptus essential oil in bath bombs for children. Not without medical approval! They can affect their respiratory system.
In conclusion, depending on your health condition, needs and preferences, you can choose any of the above-mentioned oils.
If you’ve ever wondered what the best essential oil for bath bombs is, Eucalyptus is one of them.
How to Wrap Your Bath Bombs as Gifts
Luckily, bath bombs, especially if they’re colored, look very good on their own.
Thus, you don’t need to use any fancy wrapping paper. You also don’t need to put them in a cardboard box. It would be a shame to hide them so.
I recommend using decorative plastic bags (depending on occasion and season). You can also put them in very festive glass jars that work well with a nice, oversized ribbon.
How to Use a Eucalyptus Bath Bomb
Once it’s done and well-dried, you will have to start running some hot water. The temperature must be at least 36 – 37 C (98.6 F), and it can go as high as 40 C (104 F).
Otherwise, cooler temperatures can’t make the proper steam to disperse the oil molecules in the air.
It’s also best to add your Eucalyptus bath bomb after the tub has filled and you’re ready to step in. You’ll want to preserve the oils’ properties until you’re ready to inhale them.
Bath Bomb Scent Ideas That Go Well with Eucalyptus (Recipes)
How to make Aromatherapy bath bombs may seem complicated when it’s not. You do indeed need many ingredients, but they’re easy to get.
I’ll give you one basic Eucalyptus bath bomb recipe, and then some scent ideas to try as you please.
The good thing about doing these bath bombs yourself is that you only need to replace the scent for diversity. Sure, other ingredients can be replaced too, but it’s not a must.
Let’s begin with our most basic Eucalyptus bath bomb recipe.
- Baking soda: 1 coffee cup (16 tablespoons)
- Citric acid: ½ cup
- Cornstarch: ½ cup
- Epsom salt: ¼ cup
- Coconut oil: 2 tablespoons
- Eucalyptus essential oil: 10 – 15 drops
- Mica coloring
- Water or Eucalyptus or Peppermint hydrosol in a spray bottle
- Silicone molds.
Steps to Proceed
- Mix all your powders in a glass bowl.
- In another bowl, mix your Coconut oil with Eucalyptus essential oil.
- Add the liquids slowly over the dry ingredients and mix very well. Spray very little water to give it the consistency of wet sand.
- Fill your molds with the bath bomb mixture and make sure you press them on really hard. You can spray the mold with some oil so they can get out easier.
- Leave them in a dry place overnight. You can use your Eucalyptus bath bomb when they’re completely dry.
You can find more details on how to mend failed bath bombs here.
What else can I use instead of citric acid in bath bombs, you say? As a general rule, the citric acid is not harmful to your skin. That is because the acid reacts with the baking soda and they cancel each other out.
Instead, you’ll get carbon dioxide gas, which results in the fizz and bubbling you take so much delight in.
If, however, you want to use something else, it’ll have to be another acid. You can use cream of tartar to replace the citric acid in your Eucalyptus bath bombs.
Cream of tartar is tartaric acid that also reacts with the baking soda and the water. This means that you’ll still get the bubbles.
1) Lavender Eucalyptus Bath Bomb Recipe
- Eucalyptus essential oil: 8 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 10 drops
Add these oils both into the carrier and mix well before pouring it slowly over the dry ingredients.
2) Sore Muscle Bath Bomb Recipe
- Eucalyptus essential oil: 10 drops
- Pine essential oil: 10 drops
3) Lemongrass Bath Bomb Recipe
- Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 5 drops
- Lemongrass essential oil: 10 drops
- Melissa essential oil: 5 drops
4) Decongesting Eucalyptus Bath Bomb Recipe
- Eucalyptus essential oil: 8 drops
- Rosemary ct. Camphor essential oil: 8 drops
5) Homemade Eucalyptus Bath Bomb Recipe for Christmas
- Eucalyptus essential oil: 6 drops
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 10 drops
- Douglas Fir essential oil: 6 drops
6) Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Bomb Recipe
- Eucalyptus essential oil: 15 drops
- Peppermint hydrosol (spray)
The essential oil goes into the carrier first. The Peppermint hydrosol must be used instead of water. You can use it to get that wet sand consistency, which will also give it a bit of that mentholated spiciness.
Peppermint is one of the essential oils that shouldn’t be used in a bath. The high amounts of menthol and menthone can cause a sudden drop in body temperature. The oil can also induce seizures and epilepsy or asthma.
The bathroom, being an enclosed space, makes it even more dangerous for its use. Thus, I don’t recommend using Peppermint essential oil in homemade Eucalyptus bath bombs.
7) Aphrodisiac Eucalyptus Bath Bomb Recipe
- Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil: 8 drops
- Vanilla absolute: 3 drops
- Rose absolute/essential oil: 4 – 5 drops
If you want to add Eucalyptus to bath salts, you can do so after you’ve first diluted it with some carrier. The salt will dissolve in the water and the oils will simply get to the surface and float.
The oils are then attracted to your skin’s own oil (sebum). If they’re not mixed with a carrier, they can irritate or even burn the skin.
Any of these Eucalyptus bath bomb recipes can be given away as gifts. Pretty much everyone enjoys a relaxing bath every now and then. Giving them an extra ingredient to make their bath time even more relaxing, is always a great idea.
Still, make extra sure you choose the right Eucalyptus oil for yourself and the others. This is an important step to ensure the safety and well-being of everybody.
Have you ever tried a Eucalyptus bath bomb so far? What would you change to your recipe to make it even nicer?