31 Jan Your new favourite self-care buddies: 5 essential oils to pour into your bath
A long, hot bath after a long day can do wonders. At once relaxing and meditative, simple and decadent, baths can help you relax your muscles, soothe anxiety, and regain mental clarity. These effects can be enhanced by aromatherapy: we’ve chosen four wonderful scents that can help you unwind after a long day!
You’ll only need about 5 drops of any of these essential oils to create a wonderfully soothing atmosphere.
A gorgeous flower with so many symbolic meanings, jasmine has a unique, sweet scent that is quite simply as unmistakable as it is unforgettable. It is commonly used in aromatherapy for relaxation and insomnia. Commonly known as Spanish jasmine, the particular cultivar of jasmine used for this essential oil – jasminum grandiflorum – produces large, beautiful blooms.
Pair it with rose essential for an exquisite, refined aroma, or with other essential oils of your choosing for an exceptional floral blend: it will add depth, character and a distinctive, memorable quality to any scent.
To many, ylang ylang will be the least familiar name on this list; most, however, would recognize its scent, which is so common in perfume that it is unmistakeable. Popularly nicknamed the “flower of flowers,” ylang ylang blooms has such an evocative aroma that they have been used in wedding ceremonies and as aphrodisiacs.
Extracted from the truly exquisite and fragrant damask rose, rose essential oil has a relaxing scent, and it’s often used in aromatherapy for its ability to relieve headaches, stress and anxiety. Its beautiful aroma also helps bring balance and harmony with stimulating and uplifting properties that create a sense of well-being and self-confidence.
Rose essential oil has been used for skin care for thousands of years, helping to relieve minor skin irritation, cuts, bruises and burns and enhancing relaxation.
True lavender is the cultivar of lavender most commonly used in perfumes for its delicate perfume, as well as for its medicinal properties. Lavender essential oil is one of the most versatile oils, and it’s been used in everything from soap to tea. It has a soothing and calming effect on the nerves, relieving tension, exhaustion and depression, and it’s effective against headaches, migraines and insomnia.