A very popular use for essential oils is relaxation and pampering, which you get when you choose to use them in the bath or the shower. Here are some different ways to use them when it’s time for a little self-care.
Using Essential Oils in the Shower or Bath
Steam from the Shower
The first way to use essential oils in the shower is by using the steam. With this method, there isn’t a lot of diluting that needs to be done, like with the bath. You are not soaking in the water, but rather creating a steam diffuser in the hot shower. You can do this with a few different methods, including adding drops to the bottom of the shower, putting some drops on a washcloth that you hold close to your nose, or putting some drops in a jar you keep in the shower while it picks up the steam.
Take a Bath with Diluted Oils
Many people enjoy using essential oils in the bath by adding the oils directly to the bath, but these should still be diluted. Water is not a good way to dilute pure essential oils and you can still have a bad skin reaction. In this case, it is best that you dilute it to around 5% or less of essential oil to carrier oil, then add it to your bath. Use a nourishing and soft oil that improves your skin, such as jojoba oil or coconut oil.
Aromatherapy in the Bath or Shower
For both the bath and shower, you can go a simple and safe route with aromatherapy. This is done either with an oil diffuser set up on the bathroom counter, or with aromatherapy candles. These candles are typically made with essential oils, but make sure they use pure oils, and not fragrance oils, as you won’t get the added health benefits.
Topical Uses for Essential Oils
If you have been reading about essential oils for a while, you are probably aware that there are many ways to use them. You can add essential oils to skincare and hair care products, use them in a diffuser to help your room smell nice, and create a lot of different DIY products. Another way to use them is topically, where you apply a diluted oil to your skin for a wide range of benefits. Here are some benefits and safety tips for using them topically.
Choosing the Best Location
The first thing to do is learn where you can apply your essential oils topically. This is usually on any area of skin on your body, from head to toe. Some people like to apply them to areas with nerve endings when you have pain or discomfort, like the bottom of your feet. Others use the oils to help with skin conditions, so naturally it would be applied to your face and neck.
The oils can be applied just about anywhere, but here are some common locations:
the temples (great for headaches)
Across the forehead
Under the nose (for aromatherapy)
Back of the neck
On the face (for skin conditions)
On a location causing pain or discomfort
Diluting Your Oils
Diluting your essential oils is the number one most important thing to keep in mind when you are applying them topically. Essential oils are pure extracts from plants and herbs, therefore they are usually much too strong for direct skin contact. Depending on your skin, it can cause a burn, allergic reaction, itching, or breakouts.
You will need to mix your oils with a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil, or olive oil. Consider the type of topical application when deciding which carrier oil is best for you.
The dilution percentage should be between 1 and 5% essential oil to carrier oil, but no more than that.
If you have sensitive skin, be extra careful when using essential oils for topical application. It is best to start with just 1% dilution so that you can see how your skin reacts. You might also want to test different carrier oils alone on your skin and see which your skin seems to prefer.
Some people do great with olive or coconut oil, while others enjoy the softness of jojoba oil.
Tips for Using an Essential Oil Roller Bottle
When people start making their own essential oil blends or just diluting oils, they often store them in little glass amber bottles, as these help keep them fresh for the longest period of time. However, a different type of bottle you may come across is called a roller bottle. This unique bottle has rollers just underneath the top, allowing you to roll on the oil directly to your skin or another surface, instead of using drops. Here are some tips for using these types of bottles.
Benefits of Using a Roller Bottle
There are many different reasons to consider making some blends in roller bottles. Here are just a few:
Keeping Diluted Oils for Skin Application – These are a great way to keep some of your oils diluted beforehand, and not have to worry about it.
They Are Easier to Apply – Much less fuss and mess is involved with the roller bottles. The little roller keeps the majority of the oils inside the bottle, so that you just roll on how much you need.
They Are Convenient for Traveling – Also keep in mind that when you are traveling, you may need an application of your oil quickly and easily. Without worrying about drops or other products, you can just roll it on as needed.