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PostSubject: Aromatherapy in Bathing   Sat 20 May 2017 - 18:20

Aromatherapy in Bathing


Our bathroom routines play a big part in our well-being.  After a hard day at work, there is nothing better than sinking into a warm bath and soaking away the day's stresses.  A brisk morning shower is also an essential ritual, refreshing up for the day ahead.  The products we use can make all the difference.   You are probably using aromatherapy in the bathroom already.  Many shop-bought products such as bubble baths and shampoos use natural ingredients and contain several essential oils.
 
Making up your own products can be more economical and just as effective.  The main benefit of making your own is that you can tailor them to suit your individual needs,  whether you want to soothe a bad case of eczema or cultivate a glowing complextion.
 
To improve your skin:
Add a few drops of essential oil to your usual skin care products.  Remember that even oily complextions still need moisture.  If they are deprived, they simply over compensate and produce more oil.
In Your Bathwater:
Add 7 to 10 drops of essential oils to your bath.  Ensure that the oils are properly dispersed by giving them a good swoosh around in the water.  You can dissolve them first in vegetable oil, full fat milk, or even a small cup of your usual bubble bath. 
Create a soothing footbath with a bowl of arm water and 4 - 6 drops of your chosen oil. 
In Your Shower:
Squeeze a small amount of shower gel into the palm of your hand or a small cup, add 4 - 6 drops of your chosen oil, and mix thoroughly.  Use a flannel or sponge to rub it over your skin.  The steam of the shopwer will help you to inhale the aroma of your chosen oil, increasing its benefits.  The steam will also open your pores and detox the skin.
Healing Waters
Eucalyptus and lavender oils bith have a colling effect.  Add a few rops to lukewarm bathwater to soothe a case of sunburn.
 
Hair Remedies
Many essential oils can help to improve the condition of your hair.
In your shampoo:  Add 25 drops of your choice of essential oil per 100ml of unperfumed bas shampoo and skae well. 
Add 2 or 3 drops to a handful of your usual shamppo for a quick fix.
Rinsing your Hair
Add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil to the water you use for your final rinse to get the benefit of conditioning and tonic oils.   Essential oils in your hair care regime will leave your hair looking glossy.
 
Unwind with scented candles.
Candles are much more elaxing than electric light when bathing.  Scented with essential oils they can also be therapeutic, especially when combined with the effects of a relaxing aromatherapy bath oil.
Aromatherapy candles are widely available in the shops.  If you wish to make your own however, simply light a chunky candle and, once a small pool of wax has melted at the top of the candle,  extinguish it and add a few drops of your chosen oil.  The next time you relight the candle,  the aroma will be released as the wax melts.


Choose the folllowing aromatherapy candles to suit your mood.
To cheer yourself up:  Clary Sagem  Jasmine, Frankincense, Geranium or Neroli.
To relieve stress:  Lavender, Clary Sage, Rose
To soothe a headache:  Rosemary, Majoram,  Mint
To help you sleep: Lavender, Chamomile
To help you wake up:  Bergamot, Grapefruit.
 
Blends for Oily Skin
Mix together 2 drops each of Juniper, Lemon and Mint essential oils.  You can also use 2 drops of Tea Tree, 6 drops of Grapefriut and 2 drops of Rosemary essential oils.
Blends for Dry Skin
Add 10 drops of combined lavender, geranium, sandalwood, tangerine and orange oils to your bathwater.  Add frankincense to the above mixture to soothe cracked skin.
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