Baths are therapeutic experiences, helping us wash not only the grime of the day but also any stress and fatigue. Hot water is known to help flush out toxins in the body, improve sleep quality, improve circulation, and help muscles relax. Combining hot water baths with aromatherapy can enhance these benefits, as well as contribute a few more of its own. Aromatherapy includes the use of bathroom essential oils to promote mental, emotional and physical health, and each oil offers unique benefits. Here are a few tips to turn your daily soak into a luxury spa day at home.
Know Your Oils- Choosing bathroom essential oils for your bath is an integral part to the experience. While something eccentric for your mornings may be perfect to start the day with, you’ll probably be more inclined to a more relaxing scent to recenter yourself in the evenings.
Bathroom Essential Oils for Your Home Spa Kit- Start your mornings on the right foot with a boost of energy. Peppermint and lemon essential oils are known to increase energy and relieve fatigue and drowsiness with their strong scents. Did you know both the bathroom essential oils also aid in concentration? Lemon oils can help alleviate anxiety and stimulate better mental clarity, making it the perfect wake-up-call essential oil in your home spa kit. Sweet orange oils, too, set an invigorating tone to the start of any day, enabling you to get in the right frame of mind. Relaxing lavender is a scent universally known to have a soothing and calming effect and is used to treat anxiety, stress, depression, and even migraines.
Also known for its sedative properties, lavender oil is used to help prepare for a restful night of sleep, and is used to alleviate symptoms of insomnia. Jasmine and rose oils also offer relaxing experiences, with medical properties that can treat laryngitis, cramps, dry skin, colds, coughs and insomnia. Healing with antiseptic properties, eucalyptus and lavender oils can be used to treat minor cuts and wounds. Eucalyptus oil can also treat colds and coughs, allergy flares, sinusitis, and can ease congestion of the nose and chest. Peppermint oil offers a high number of healing properties and can help manage nausea, headaches, indigestion, allergy symptoms, and acne, to name a few.
There are a variety of ways you can indulge in bathroom aromatherapy to create your very own luxury spa at home. These depend on the amenities you have in your bathroom, whether it’s a bathroom aroma diffuser or a simple swim spa environment. These amenities include:
Bathtubs- Aromatherapy at home will differ based on the type of bathtub you have. All tubs, from clawfoot and freestanding tubs to alcove bathtubs, can be filled with hot water with a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. If you have an alcove tub or corner tub, you have the added benefit of setting scented candles along the edges as you enjoy your soak. Bath bombs are also a popular luxury aromatherapy item in your home spa kit. Upon immersion, they not only spread the scent as they fizz, but also add salts to the water which enhance relaxation even further.
Swim Spa and Whirlpool Tubs- With new technological innovations entering bathrooms, bathing experiences have also become luxuriously refined. Swim spa and whirlpool tubs come with jets that create pressure and cause the water to bubble. By adding a few drops of bathroom essential oil to these tubs, your bathroom is elevated with a captivating fragrance. With jet streams, hot water and the soothing smells, you’ll be creating a spa-like experience that will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.
Bathroom Aroma Diffusers- Best used during a steamy, enclosed shower, a bathroom aroma diffuser can be found in many different styles. To burn oils, reed diffusers and tea light diffusers can help give your bathroom a fragrance boost and can be placed on shelves or ledges around your bathroom. Reed diffusers leave a fresh, lingering smell for up to 2-3 weeks, which help fight bathroom odours. Bathroom oil diffusers are also available in the form of a wall-mountable device, to which you must attach two bottles of essential oils. A useful element of this bathroom aroma diffuser is that you can release just one oil at a time, or you can diffuse both at once to create a combined scent.
Saunas- Heighten your spa day at home experience with a sauna. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the hot stone water bucket and let the steam carry the fragrance. Sauna baths are extremely beneficial as they help flush bodily toxins, improve circulation, and relieve stress. Combining these advantages with the benefits of different oils can help keep you healthy and rejuvenated.
Now that we’ve explored many ways to enjoy a luxurious spa day at home, ensure that you practice aromatherapy at home safely. It's best to be mindful of the amount of oil you use, and if the scent is too strong, dilute your oil with milk, honey, or another carrier oil for the best experience. Check out Jaquars’ line of premium bath solutions to combine your aromatherapy at home with luxury redefined.