How to Use Essential Oils in a Bath

Essential oils can be a great thing to add to your bath both as a healing and therapeutic treatment and as a cleanser and as a natural alternative to body washes and other chemical based soaps and washes.

That said, if you use the wrong essential oil or if you use too much you can have stinging and skin irritations. So which essential oils are good for using in the bath?

1. Citrus oils such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit are good for cleansing however, they can cause skin problems later in the day if you get too much direct sunlight. So if you know that you will be out in the sun, swimming etc. then you should not use them in a bath right before.

2. Lavender- this is a great one for skin problems, it smells great and is nice and gentle.

3. Melaleuca or tea tree oil. This is another great essential oil for skin problems and therefore makes another good one for baths.

4. Rosemary- another good one for purifying and for improving hair and skin.

You want to also make sure to use only 2-4 drops. It can be tempting to think that more is better but a little goes a long way.

So— What essential oils should you never put in a bath?

From my experience because I’ve done it. The two you absolutely don’t want to use are peppermint and cinnamon, or cassia which is another form of cinnamon. Oregano is probably not the best idea either. Why? Because these are hot oils which can sting and cause skin problems when used directly on the skin. Cassia and cinnamon are especially hot and need to be mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil before using them on your skin. Otherwise, you can and probably will get a red rash or skin irritations.

Enjoy bathing with essential oils.

Cooking with Essential Oils

cooking with essential oils

Have you ever thought about cooking with essential oils? I know I never did until a few months ago when I began researching it. That said, I now love cooking with them and here are a few tips you can use to cook with essential oils successfully.

1. Make sure that whatever essential oil you use to cook with is safe to use. You cannot just use any and ever oil and many store bought brands are harmful when digested so you need to read the directions on the bottle and make sure you can use it.

2. For best results use only essential oils that you would use the herb equivalent of in cooking. Examples include black pepper, rosemary, cilantro, lemon and orange.

3. Be careful and use only a few drops. If you put in too much you will get a very strong taste.

4. Add the oil midway through cooking. If you add it at the beginning it doesn’t work as well from my experience and if you wait until your food is already cooked then the flavor doesn’t absorb as much into the food.

5. Experiment with different combinations and see what works best for you.