One of the myths associated with Cleopatra’s legendary beauty is her milk and rose bath. It gave her skin a glow and enhanced her beauty. In fact, baths were considered quite important in most ancient civilizations. Public baths were a place of meeting people. There are tales of leisurely, pampered baths of queens.
In the modern world, we rarely have the time or inclination to indulge ourselves in the same manner. But an occasional soak can actually do wonders for our mind, body, and soul. Made with herbal essential oils in india, bath oils have many restorative properties that can soothe our mind, relax our muscles and lift our mood.
The secret of the bath comes from water’s relaxing properties. From our babyhood, we all love to lie down lapping in water. But we can give it a serious boost by adding bath oils.
Making Bath Oils
You can make your own bath oils for some DIY indulgence. Or you can make a beautiful and memorable spa gift basket for your friend. Nothing says love and care like personal attention. Best of all, bath oils are amazingly easy to make. You just need a few herbal essential oils and carrier oil.
Here’s a short guide on making bath oils:
Ingredients – You only need the following two ingredients.
- Essential Oil: It can be Lavender, Geranium, Rosemary, Tea tree oil, Sweet orange, Lemon, Clary sage, Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Chamomile, Frankincense, or Myrrh.
- Carrier Oil: Common options here are almond oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil.
Carrier oil is utilized to dilute the essential or fundamental oil. As the name suggests, the carrier oil ‘carries’ the essential oil across the water. Without its presence, the essential oil will simply float on top and do more harm than good.
- Colored glass bottle. You can label and decorate the bottle, especially if you are planning on giving it.
- Fill the dropper with the carrier oil.
- Transfer it to the bottle, leaving some space on top. For 1/4 cup carrier oil leave space for 24 drops at the top. We are looking for 2% dilution.
- Now fill the dropper with the herbal essential oils — 24 drops.
- Transfer the herbal oil to the bottle.
- Close the bottle and shake well.
- Label the bottle with the date and ingredients.
Mix about a tablespoon of the essential oil to a full bathtub, less for children and pregnant women. The bath oil should be added only after the tub is filled. If you add it at the beginning, the aroma of the oil will mingle with the steam and reduce in potency. You must also be careful of the expiration date. Provided the ingredients were manufactured recently, the bath oil should easily last you a year. If any of the ingredients is near its one-year mark, the bath oil may become rank. Expired bath oil will do you more harm than good.
Some recipes for bath oils are:
- Romantic Bath Oil: You can use a combination of rose, cardamom, and vanilla. These are considered aphrodisiacs. This ingredient also brings a glow to the skin, improving its elasticity.
- Cleansing Bath Oil: You need Tea tree oil, Lavender and Orange. Both lavender and tea tree oil can attract and trap dirt, while lavender can reduce stress. The combination cleanses your body of physical and mental impurities.
- Destress: Combine clary sage, lavender, and bergamot. These oils will soothe your nerves and lift your spirits. But do keep in mind that bergamot is a citrus oil, which means that you should use it at least four hours before stepping into the sun. This should ideally be used at night. You can leave the day’s stress behind and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
- Sore muscles: Mix up juniper, lavender, and marjoram. These herbs relax the muscles, soothing the tension in an overworked or exhausted body. It is best to be used at night.
- Energizing: Mix up lemon, rosemary, and orange. Alternatively, you can also try eucalyptus, lemon, cedarwood, and grapeseed. These oils will relax and energize you at the same time. They gave in uplifting feeling that can ease fatigue and moodiness. But beware of the citrus oils as these are photosensitive.
So, start mixing your herbal essential oils. Read up on each ingredient and make a combination that is as unique as you!
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