AROMATIC BATH – THE ULTIMATE REJUVENATION
- 4 February 2019
Aromatic bath can affect us in variety of ways. Firstly, the pleasing fragrance to the nose of the essences used will please the spirit. Secondly, essential oils work on your mind and body through skin absorption and inhalation.
“Here first she bathes, and round her body pours
Soft oils of fragrance and ambrosial showers
The winds, perfumed, the balmy gale conveys
Through heaven, through earth, and all the aerial ways”
The ancient Egyptians knew it, Greeks and Romans were also aware of many health benefits of aromatic bath. They enjoyed the most luxurious baths several thousands years ago. Hippocrates wrote that a ‘perfumed bath and a scented massage every day is the way to a good health’.
Fill the bath first with water, and just before getting into the bath, add essential oils mixed with carrier oil onto the water. Then stir it around with your hand to disperse the oil.
Turn your bath time into a medicinal and pleasurable beauty ritual by incorporating bath boosters, like essential oils, plant oils, salts or milks. Also, go a step farther and use that time to apply face mask to your face for additional benefits.
It really depends on what you want to achieve. Some essential oils will have relaxing properties, others stimulating. The rule is simple here, avoid invigorating oils at night or a powerfully sedative oils in the morning. Here are some bath oil recipes which you can try for yourself.
Morning is a time when you want to refresh and invigorate your mind and body. Choose from essential oils that have these kind of powers: Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Cypress, Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil, Juniper berry.
Evening calls for essential oils with relaxing and calming properties such as Lavender, Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Clary sage, Sweet marjoram, Sweet orange, Ylang Ylang.
A tepid bath (28 – 35 C degrees) is relaxing and sedative. A hot bath (35 – 39 C degrees) is tonifying if it is short, but if long is debilitating.
Always Dilute Essential Oils Two or three drops of essential oil added to a bath might sound like very little and not enough. But essential oils are so highly concentrated that there is a risk of them irritating the skin. Never use essential oils undiluted in baths. They are very potent and little goes a long way. Always dilute them in a carrier oil such as apricot kernel or almond to avoid skin irritation.
Use Essential Oils Right For You Essential oils can be enjoyed by people of all ages: children, adults, and elderly people. Pregnant women can also benefit from Aromatherapy. There are just few safety rules to follow in pregnancy.
Take Extra Care With Sunlight There are essential oils that can increase the skin’s sensitivity when exposed to sunlight. Care should be taken not to use any of these oils before exposure to strong sunshine, or using sunbeds.
Choose from aromatic selection of bath salts or body/bath oils to take your bath to the next level of joy, purification, sensuality and healing.