Winter in the Northern Hemisphere has begun! In the five elements, this season is associated with the WATER element, the perfect time for inward reflection, rest and restoration. The associated organs of the Water element are the Kidneys/Adrenals and Bladder. The kidneys store the Essence or Jing, the genetic foundation of an individual. They are responsible for growth, reproduction, and form the foundation of our constitutional strength and immunity.
Water element symbolizes the deepest qualities of Yin energy. Water represents the end of a cycle, old age and the dormancy between death and rebirth. Water phase corresponds to the North, the darkest direction, to midnight, and to winter. Water’s Yin energy time is cold, dark, deep and/or still. When Water becomes still, its surface reflects the world like a mirror, without distortion; it also becomes clear so that you can see into its depths. Winter is the time of meditation, from which wisdom can emerge. When we become still and go within, we can reflect upon our life and prepare for new growth ahead.
An aromatherapy bath is the perfect way to restore, integrate, replenish, relax and let go. Adding essential oils into a bath is a fast and effective way to use aromatherapy and to derive immeasurable healing benefits.
There are several effective ways to add essential oils to a bath:
Mix the essential oils into your chosen emulsifier to the following aromatherapy bath blends. The suggested emulsifiers for the bath are jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis),
castile soap or Solubol.
Mix ingredients together, and then add to the running bath water. Using the emulsifier assists the essential oils to disperse into the bath water, not adhering on the skin or walls of the bathtub.
Our favorite essential oil blend for a stimulating morning wake-up~
4 drops- Rose Geranium (Pelargonium roseum)
2 drops- Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
2 drops- Jasmine (Jasminum officinale var. sambac)
Our favorite essential oil blend for a soothing evening relaxation~
4 drops- Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
2 drops- Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
2 drops- Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)
Carrier Oil- If your skin is dry; mix 5-8 drops of essential oils into 1 TBSP. jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis). Mix the oils together and then add to the running bath water.
Our favorite essential oil blend for soothing skin~
4 drops- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
2 drops- Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
2 drops- Rose (Rosa damascena)
SALTS- Sea salt, Dead Sea salt and/or Epsom salts.
Are you feeling inflammation and general fatigue? Start by adding 2-4 cups of salt into the running bath water. Then, mix 5-8 drops of essential oils into 1 TBSP. of vegetable glycerin and add this to the running bath water. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with clear warm water to remove the salt from your body.
Our favorite essential oil blend to reduce inflammation~
4 drops- Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
2 drops- Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
2 drops- Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
CLAY- Bentonite clay is detoxifying and is also useful for skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. Green clay can also be used as a substitute. Start by adding 2-4 cups of clay into the running bath water. Then, mix 5-8 drops of essential oils into 1 TBSP. of vegetable glycerin and add this to the running bath water. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with clear warm water to remove the clay from your body.
Our favorite essential oil blend for detoxification and immune stimulation~
4 drops- Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
2 drops- Frankincense (Boswellia serrata)
2 drops- Cedarwood (Cedrus deodara)
Choosing essential oils for your bath does require some thought to the precautions. Please DO NOT add essential oils that are skin irritants into a bath such as; citrus oils, or the spice oils like cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), oregano (Origanum vulgare), Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and Black Pepper (Piper nigrum). For a complete list of essential oils not advised for the bath please see the list at the end of this article.
Children under 1 year should have no more than 1 drop of essential oil per bath. Salt and clay baths are not recommended.
Children between 1 and 4, as well as for pregnant women, add only 2 drops of essential oil per bath.
Children between the ages of 4 and 12, as well as for elderly people, only add 4 drops of essential oil per bath.
Adults add 5-8 drops of essential oil per bath.
ESSENTIAL OILS NOT USED IN THE BATH- Basil (Ocimum basilicum), bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), benzoin (Styrax benzoin), bergamot (Citrus bergamia), birch (Betula lenta), black pepper (Piper nigrum), cajuput (Melaleuca cajuputi), clove bud (Eugenia caryophyllata), cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), ginger (Zingiber officinale), grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), lemon (Citrus limon), lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora), lime (Citrus aurantifolia), mandarin (Citrus reticulata), may chang (Litsea cubeba), melissa (Melissa officinalis), nutmeg (Myristica
fragrans), orange (Citrus sinensis), oregano (Origanum vulgare), peppermint (Mentha x piperita), pine, rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), sage (Salvia officinalis), spearmint (Mentha spicata), tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus), and thyme (Thymus vulgaris).
Happy bathing and enjoy a wonderful winter!