Baths are therapeutic experiences, helping us wash not only the grime of the day but also any stress and fatigue. Hot water is known to help flush out toxins, improve sleep quality, and improve circulation, helping muscles relax. Combining hot water baths with aromatherapy can enhance these benefits, as well as contribute a few more of its own. Bathroom aromatherapy uses essential oils to promote mental, emotional and physical health, and each oil offers unique benefits. The best part is that very little is required to indulge in this luxury to turn your daily soak into an everyday spa experience.
Know your oils
Choosing the oils for your bath is integral to the experience. While you may choose something activating for your mornings to start the day with, you’ll probably be more inclined to select a more relaxing scent to recenter yourself in the evenings.
Start your mornings on the right foot with a boost of energy. Peppermint and lemon essential oils are known to increase energy and relieve fatigue and drowsiness with their strong scents. Both oils also aid in concentration. Lemon oils also alleviate anxiety and stimulate better mental clarity, making it the perfect wake up call. Sweet orange oils, too, set an invigorating tone to the start of any day, enabling you to get in the right frame of mind.
Lavender is a scent universally known to have a soothing and calming effect, used to treat anxiety, stress, depression, and even migraines. Also known for its sedative properties, lavender oil is also used to help prepare for a restful night of sleep, and is used to alleviate insomnia. Jasmine and rose oils also offer relaxing experiences, with medical properties that can treat laryngitis, cramps, dry skin, colds, coughs and insomnia
With antiseptic properties, eucalyptus and lavender oils can be used to treat minor cuts and wounds. Eucalyptus oil can also treat colds and coughs, allergy flares, sinusitis, and can ease congestion. Peppermint oil offers a high number of healing properties and can treat nausea, headaches, indigestion, allergy symptoms, and acne, to name a few.
Incorporating oils into your bath
There are a number of different ways you can indulge in bathroom aromatherapy to create your very own oasis at home. These depend on the amenities you have in your bathroom, whether it’s a bathroom aroma diffuser or a simple bathtub.
Aromatherapy at home will differ based on the type of bathtub you have. All tubs, from clawfoot and freestanding tubs to alcove bathtubs, can be filled with hot water with a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. If you have an alcove tub or corner tub, you have the added benefit of setting scented candles along the edges as you enjoy your soak. Bath bombs are also a popular aromatherapy option as they spread the scent as they fizz, and they add salts to the water which enhance relaxation even further.
Swim spas and whirlpool tubs
With new technological innovations entering bathrooms, bathing experiences have also become luxuriously refined. Swim spas and whirlpool tubs come with jets that create pressure and cause the water to bubble. By adding a few drops of essential oil to these tubs, the scent is constantly spread around. With the jet streams, hot water and the soothing smells, you’ll be creating a spa-like experience that will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.
Best used during a steamy, enclosed shower, a bathroom aroma diffuser can be found in many different styles. To burn oils, reed diffusers and tea light diffusers can be placed on shelves around the bathroom which diffuse scents strongly when they are freshly refilled. Reed diffusers leave a fresh, lingering smell for up to 2-3 weeks, helping fight bathroom odours. Another type of bathroom oil diffuser comes in the form of a wall-mountable device, to which you must attach two bottles of essential oils. A useful element of this bathroom aroma diffuser is that you can release just one oil at a time, or you can diffuse both at once to create a combined scent.
If you have a sauna at home, aromatherapy will be an experience at a whole other level. Add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice to the water bucket, and when this is ladled over the hot stones, the steam will carry the fragrance. Sauna baths are extremely beneficial as they flush toxins, improve circulation, and relieve stress. Combining these advantages with the benefits different oils will keep you healthy and rejuvenated.
Ensure that you practice aromatherapy at home safely - be mindful of the amount of oil you use, and always dilute your oil with milk, honey, or another carrier oil. Check out Jaquar’s line of premium bath solutions to combine your aromatherapy at home with luxury redefined.