Bathing With Essential Oils From Herbs
Imagine your self floating in a gigantic bathtub full of herbs hugging your skin; their magical powers taking away your tensions, worries, and making you feel complete and new.
The 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, skin irritations, soften the skin and ensure radiant complexion.
Set the stage for your bath with a clean fresh bathroom. Keep clean towels, bath gels, herbs, loofah, etc handy. Choose relaxing music, light aromatic candles around you. All in all make sure that everything you need for your indulgence is within arms reach.
While filling the tub with warm water, create a bag of your favourite herbs to be used in bathing. It is ideal that you 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 in your bath, letting the herbs gently soak in the water. Bath salts, citrus leaves, dried rose petals, dried lavender flowers to name a few to create an herb bag. If you don't have the fondness of creating your own bag of herbs, you can definitely buy ready made herb bags.
Alternatively, you can use your favourite essential oils. No more than 5 drops of essential oils should be used in a bath. Dilute with milk or carrier oil. Common herbs and their essential oils used in the bath for calming properties are:
Black Pepper - relief for aching muscles
Clary Sage - as a perk me up and premenstrual tension
Eucalyptus - for respiratory problems
Geranium - for very dry or itchy skin, eczema and PMS
Jasmine - when you wish to feel luxurious
Lavender - dry skin, eczema, sprains, hot flashes, headaches, over work, 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 - 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
Eucalyptus - opens the pores and the vapours from the bath help to clear the breathing passages.
Make sure that your bath time is a time of solitude. Just let yourself luxuriate in the watery haven. And don't forget to put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door.
By Sharon Hopkins
About the Author: Sharon Hopkins manages aromatherapies sites providing Aromatherapy recipes for skin care, beauty and hygiene, emotional and physical well-being. The aromatherapy oils make useful moisturizers having good penetrative properties.
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