Year-end is usually a frenzied time for many of us, what with the piled-up work, holiday shopping, and family reunions. I realized that only recently when I began feeling stressed-out and sapped of energy by the end of the day (the cold weather only made it worse). I have always led a busy life but this time, it felt like my body was too exhausted to keep up with my lifestyle. Then it dawned upon me that I had not treated myself to an aromatic bath for quite some time. An aromatic bath may sound like something that takes up a lot of time but believe me; 40 minutes into it made me feel like I had regained my life force and all my stress melted away! That night, I slept like a baby and woke up feeling bright, energetic, and all charged up to face a new day. All it takes is a few minutes of “ME” time – you surely owe that much to yourself, don’t you?
Begin by cleaning your bathtub with 2 tbsp. of vinegar and 5 drops of Tea Tree oil, and fill it with hot water. This should take less than 10 minutes. In the meantime, mix 1/2 cup of sea salt or Epsom Salt
with your favorite aromatherapy blend. Once the tub is full, add this mixture to the bath water and stir well. Now, detach yourself from worldly worries as you soak in the warm comfort of the bath – this is your moment so seize it completely. Take deep breaths and let the therapeutic oils penetrate your being. If you like to meditate, this is the perfect time to do it! Did you know that skin penetration is increased 100 times in this method? This makes aromatic baths one of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. I often like to customize my aromatic bath according to my moods and health condition. Here are some of my favorite aromatherapy bath recipes, which have become quite popular with clients too.
The Calming Bath:
After a long day, de-stress and unwind with this relaxing blend. 5 drops of Lavender
3 drops of Bergamot
3 drops Clary Sage
The Aphrodisiac Bath:
Use these sensual oils in your bath and let the passions soar. 3 drops Ylang Ylang
2 drops Patchouli
3 drops Jasmine
2 drops Grapefruit
The Pain Relief Bath:
Do you feel achy and sore all over by the end of the day? It’s time to give your tired muscles some TLC. 5 drops Cedarwood
5 drops Spruce
2 drops Marjoram
3 drops Lemon
The Meditation Bath:
Transcend into a state a nirvana with these spiritually enriching scents. 5 drops of Frankincense
3 drops of Palo Santo
5 drops of Mandarin
You can create your very own aromatic bath recipes using your favorite oils but do keep a few things in mind:
- Don’t use more than 10 drops of essential oils at a time.
- Avoid strong oils such as Basil, Cinnamon, Fennel, Peppermint, Orange, Ginger, Lemongrass and Black Pepper as these may irritate your skin.
- Avoid stimulating oils such as Rosemary and Cardamom during evening baths as these may interfere with your sleep.
Are you ready to pamper yourself?
 Reference: Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 3e (Price, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals)
© 2012, Cristina Proano-Carrion,
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.