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There is nothing like a soak in the tub to help relax and decompress after a long day. A nice warm epsom salt bath can help alleviate some aches and pains and is suggested after a massage or other bodywork, or after any physical exertion such as sports or home improvements. It helps keep the muscles from feeling stiff and sore. Adding some essential oils can create an even more relaxing and therapeutic experience.

The best way to incorporate essential oils into your bath is to make sure you dilute them in a suitable substance before adding to the water, otherwise the drops will just sit on the surface and attach to the skin, which can lead to skin irritation.

Two suitable substances are unscented liquid soap (like castile soap) and vegetable oil (jojoba, fractionated coconut oil, etc.). Note that if using vegetable oil, the tub may be slippery. Add 5-15 drops of essential oil to a Tablespoon of liquid soap or vegetable oil, give a quick stir, and then add to your bath water.

Some essential oil suggestions are:

Gentle for the skin, relaxing, and generally safe for all ages (please consult with a trained aromatherapist before
using with infants and children under 3years of age):

  • Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica, Cedrus deodara, and Juniperus virginiana)
  • Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile, Matricaria recutita)
  • Frankincense (any type, but most common is Boswellia carterii)
  • Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
  • Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)

Some other suggestions to be used with caution, never in high amounts, and never with children under the age of
6 years old:

  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata)
  • Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Baths are therapeutic, taking baths with essential oils make it even more so. Always be mindful that skin irritation can occur and its best to rinse off and stop using if you do experience a negative skin reaction.

Molly Messmer, LMT, CA is a licensed massage therapist, and a trained certified aromatherapist (since 2016) with over 400 hours of study and practice with essential oils. Molly is a professional member of both NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) and AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists). Her massage practice is in Sequim, WA. Molly also has a product line of therapeutic and holistic body butters and consults with aromatherapy clients in person and virtual.

All statements made have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these statements has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.

Copyright: Molly Messmer LMT 2022

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