There’s nothing like relaxing in a warm bath, especially when you’re not feeling well. Warm baths soothe sore muscles and soak away emotional stress. Adding essential oils to the bath can help to heal our bodies and soothe our spirits. Oil infusions can also help to rid our bodies of toxins and strengthen our immune systems.
Bathing instead of showering when you have a cold gives your body the ability to sweat out toxins. Bath oils serve two purposes, as the scent is diffused into both the steam and our skin. Warm bathwater makes our skin more permeable, which in turn, allows the oils to worker faster and more efficiently. Rules for bathing are simple; never stay in a bath for longer than twenty minutes (longer will dry out your skin), don’t bathe with a full stomach (it interferes with digestion), support your head (towel/pillow), be careful to dilute your essential oils, and do not add your oils until you’re ready to get in (evaporation can be a problem).
Different oils serve different purposes, so keeping a number of them on hand would be a good choice. Most oils can be purchased in small quantities and have long shelf lives. Thus, they’re easily purchased a few at a time and can be stored in a small amount of space. Your symptoms will dictate your choice of bath oil.
Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties that help fight viral infections, thin mucus, and soothe inflammation. It is also known to help fight fungal infections like ring worm and athletes foot. Thyme oil is an excellent immune system booster. Relaxing in warm water infused with the oil of thyme stimulates the metabolism and energizes the body. As an antibacterial agent, it helps with respiratory ailments and soothes aching muscles. Rosemary oil serves as an excellent expectorant. It has a crisp, fresh aroma, calms bronchial tubes, and clears nasal passages.
Blending essential oils may provide extra benefits. Note, only use pure oils and be sure to dilute your essential oils with carrier oils. The following blends can be added to your bathwater or set to steaming in a pot….. heal while you work.
Relief from sinus infections can be found in a mixture of tea tree oil (4 drops), almond oil (1T), lavender oil (4 drops), peppermint (4 drops), honey (1T), and one tablespoon of vodka or gin (not for consumption). This bath is most effective at the start of sinus congestion.
Congestion and fever can be relieved by mixing honey (1T), rosemary oil (6 drops), thyme oil (1T), and one tablespoon of vodka or gin (again, not for consumption).
There are many other recipes available for therapeutic baths; these are only a small sample of recommended blends and ones I’ve tried myself.