BATHING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Imagine yourself floating in a gigantic bathtub, full of herbs hugging your skin; its magical powers take away your tensions and worries, and transform you into feeling complete and new… Welcome to the self-care club.

Taking a bath is calming way to relax in today’s fast-paced, stressful life. It is a soothing way to start a new day and blissful send-off to bed. Herbs and their essential oils soothe aching muscles, tense nerves, and skin irritations, as well as softening skin and ensuring a peachy, rosy complexion.

Set the stage for your bath with a clean, fresh bathroom. Keep clean towels, bath gels, herbs, a loofah, etc handy. Choose relaxing music, light aromatic candles around you; all in all, make sure that everything you need for your luxury is within arm’s reach.

While filling tub with warm water, create a bag of your favourite herbs to be used when bathing. It’s ideal to give your skin a quick loofah brush head to toe before you start. To create a herb bag, fill a muslin cloth or even an old stocking with your favourite herbs. Dip it into your bath, letting the herbs gently soak in the water. Bath salts, citrus leaves, dried rose petals, and dried lavender flowers, to name a few, can create a herb bag. If you’re not fond of the idea of creating your own bag of herbs, you can definitely buy ready-made herb bags.

No more than 5 drops of essential oils should be used in a bath. Dilute it with milk or carrier oil.

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Black Pepper – relief for aching muscles.
Clary Sage – as a pick-me-up and for premenstrual tension.
Eucalyptus – for respiratory problems: the steam from the bath helps to clear the breathing passages. Also, it opens the pores.
Geranium – for very dry or itchy skin, eczema, and PMS.
Jasmine – when you wish to feel luxurious.
Lavender – dry skin, eczema, sprains, hot flushes, headaches, overworking, insomnia.
Orange – to pep you up.
Rosemary – to get you going in the morning, a quick pick-me-up in the evening. Also good for aches and sore muscles.
Chamomile, lavender or roses – good for dry, delicate or irritated skin.
Rosemary, calendula and thyme – for oily skin.
Lemon Balm – good for hyperactive children.
Citrus & Lavender – soothing and therapeutic properties.
Ylang Ylang – exfoliates and moisturizes the skin.
Apricot and amber – moisturises, restores softness and suppleness to skin.
Chamomile – aids in relief of aching muscles and nervousness.

Make sure that your bath time is a time of solitude and self-care. Close the door, turn off your phone, and let yourself enjoy the moment in your watery haven.

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