How to Make Aromatherapy Bath for Relaxation and Stimulation

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How to make your own aromatherapy bath

The aromatherapy bath with various essential oils is a simple and very effective aromatherapy treatment. We all know the relaxing properties of water and essential oils, but the aromatherapy bath doesn’t have to be relaxing. It can also be stimulating, depending on the essential oils that you choose and the water temperature. Some essential oils have relaxing and calming properties, whereas others have uplifting and invigorating properties.

The essential oils in the aromatherapy bath are absorbed through the skin and moisturize it, and at the same time their herbal or floral aromas are inhaled and stimulate your brain.


This article will focus on the relaxing bath to calm yourself after a busy day or before a night sleep, and on the stimulating bath which is best for the morning or before going out in the evening.

Mixing the oils

When you add essential oils to your bath, you can add them directly to the bath, and they will float on the surface, or if you want to absorb them more in the water you can dissolve them with a base carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, apricot kernel or evening primrose.

These carrier oils nourish and invigorate the skin as well. Mix in your bath a combination of up to three essential oils, five drops from each, in one tablespoon of base oil. Choose essential oils with similar effects to complement each other rather than counter-balance one another.


The Relaxing Bath

Good essential oils for relaxation are: lavender, melissa, chamomile, frankincense, ylang-ylang, hyssop, marjoram, neroli, patchouli, rose, sage and sandalwood.

Turn your bath into a calming and relaxing place by keeping the light soft, support your head with a bath pillow, close your eyes and inhale deeply and concentrate on your breathing.  Try not to think about anything while letting the oils take their calming effect. Soak for 15-20 minutes, get out slowly and wrap yourself in a warm large towel.

The Stimulating Bath

Good essential oils for stimulation are: cypress, eucalyptus, pine, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, spearmint, rosemary and thyme.

For stimulating bath keep the water relatively cool and use loofa sponge to rub and stimulate the circulation. When you soak in the bath, you can rinse yourself with cold water as you can bear by splashing directly from the tap or shower head, or by adding more cold water to cool down your bath. When you get out of the bath, rub yourself vigorously with a towel.

If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them:

Magical Aromatherapy

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