DIY Aromatherapy Bath Oils
I love a good bath, especially in the wintertime and especially when I have some aromatherapy bath oil to add a little bit of luxury to my tub. Essential oils and carrier oils are great to use in baths because not only are you absorbing all their properties through your olfactory system, but also through your skin. Bath oils make you (and your bathroom) smell great and they're are also great for your skin and can be used to combat a plethora of physical and bodily ailments.
Bath oils are super easy to make and generally only require two types of ingredients: essential oils and carrier oils. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also add some dried flowers to spice up your oil blends (and create lovely gifts). There are so many different types of carrier oils, but there are a few that are particularly well-suited for bath oils. One great option is Jojoba oil, which is super nourishing and hydrating and also has a long shelf-life. Sweet Almond oil is also great for use in the tub because it is a lighter oil that absorbs nicely. Finally, Coconut oil is a wonderful for your skin's health and would be a lovely, sweet addition to a bath. You can use one of these oils as your bath oil base, or a combination of them (plus add a few tablespoons of Avocado oil for extra nourishment!). You can browse Dreaming Earth's selection of carrier oils here.
As far as which essential oils to use, the combination are, of course, endless. You can create a custom blend of essential oils to mix with a carrier oil base, or take a look at some of my favorite bath oil recipes below. Please keep in mind that essential oils are strong and should always be diluted. It is often wise to perform a spot test before use, especially if you have sensitive skin. The following recipes make about 4 ounces of bath oil, but you should only need about 1 tablespoon per bath.