Here is a quick little guide to some commonly used essential oils for bathing and body care. There are so very many to choose from!
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~ Essential Oils For Bathing ~
Lavender has a special ability to relax & invigorate at the same time. It is also very cleansing and soothes skin inflammation,
Lemon & Sweet Orange benefits oily skin and lightens the mood with a happy, uplifting scent.
Rosemary aids memory, is refreshing and alleviates fatigue. I love it in the morning with a few drops of lavender.
Spearmint also eases fatigue while also lifting sadness and providing calm. This is a great essential oil to use with children.
Rose Geranium is a skin tonic that also balances and relaxes the nervous system.
Ylang Ylang is one of my favorites. It benefits all types of skin, is calming to the nervous system and acts as an aphrodisiac.
Sandalwood also benefits all skin types while being grounding and relaxing.
Cedarwood helps oily skin and is emotionally relaxing and centering.
Frankincense is amazing. It helps ease and soothe dry mature skin. It also deepens the breath upon inhalation thereby assisting in meditation.
Bergamot is wonderful for anxiety and stress while benefiting oily skin.
Jasmine helps dry, sensitive skin and soothes the emotions creating a sense of hopefulness.
Neroli is another oil that is great for anxiety especially if it is accompanied by depression. It also helps to tone and heal the skin.
Rose is wonderful for all skin types. Just like the herb, it soothes the heart and is emotionally comforting.
Cautions: Essential oils are very powerful. They need to be diluted before use and used in the proper concentrations. Please treat them with respect. Bergamot, lemon and distilled orange are phototoxic so do not use on skin directly before sun exposure. Avoid cedarwood and rosemary during pregnancy.
Learn More About Essential Oils ~
If you want to branch out into other essential oils or learn more, I highly recommend getting a good book on aromatherapy to aid you in your study.
Some of my favorite aromatherapy books include: