How to Use Essential Oils in the Bathroom

How to use essential oils in the bathrooms

There are many essential oils that work well in the bathroom and can be used as air fresheners, deodorizers and even disinfectants.

When considering the best oils for the bathroom, you’ll want to choose those that have strong cleaning/disinfecting qualities, as well as those whose scents really brighten up and freshen the space.

These disinfecting oils, with great antimicrobial and antiviral properties, are great for clearing away harmful viruses, bacteria and fungi, plus they’re great at fighting against the build-up of mold and mildew. These include peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon, thyme, pine, or clary sage. Add them to your favorite DIY recipes that include water and carrier oil as ingredients.


1. Use essential oils as cleaning products in the bathroom

Essential oils are powerful cleaning tools. They can be used to remove mould, mildew and dirt from surfaces – from laundry to stains on upholstery – as well as to disinfect the bathroom.

Sink and bath tub can be cleaned naturally with a combination of water, vinegar and essential oils.  You can use them in a spray bottle as well as in your homemade cleaners for natural cleaning that is safe for you, your family, and the environment. Make sure to always use a dilution rate of about 3% when cleaning with essential oils, and add lavender, lemon and clary sage for the freshest smelling bathroom!

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Handcraft Lemon Essential Oil – 100% Pure and Natural

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2. Aromatherapy bathroom spray or essential oil diffuser

If you want to freshen up your bathroom, or make it feel more like a spa, then you need a simple, DIY aromatherapy bathroom essential oil spray. Mix up a few essential oils with distilled water, and use that as a natural air freshener for your bathroom. Use between a 3 – 5 % dilution rate of essential oils.

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Vitruvi Pacific, Balance Essential Oil Blend

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You can also place an essential oil diffuser in your bathroom to make your space smell as good as it looks.

The cordless Vitruvi Move Diffuser looks good in every room. Put it on your coffee table, on the bathroom counter, or in the hallway—it seamlessly blends into any space and any style.

Vitruvi Move Cordless Diffuser

Vitruvi Move Cordless Diffuser

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3. Use essential oils in the bath tub

How to use essential oils in yout bathrooms

Essential oils can be used in the bath tub for a number of problems, including arthritis, chronic pain, colds, skin inflammation and itching.

Add essential oils to sea salts, Epsom salts, and other mineral salts, in addition to combining them with a carrier oil to create a bath oil. Oil and water don’t naturally mix together, so the carrier oil (vegetable oil) will help the oil and water combine for safer use.

For conditions such as skin inflammation and itching, you may want to use cooler water than the recommended warm water bath. Use essential oils at a low dilution in the bath (start with 1%) until you know how your skin will react. To prevent possible skin reactions, avoid using in the bath essential oils such as ginger, peppermint, cinnamon or tea tree.

If you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing bath but are having trouble unwinding, look no further than our essential oils in the tub. Add some citrus oil to help fight seasonal allergies, or lavender oil for stress relief. With so many benefits from such a simple activity, buying essential oils for your bathtub can be a worthwhile investment.

Make your next bubble bath or shower a spa-like experience, with scents and oils that are safe for the body and smell great. Some essential oils which are suitable for using in the bath include: rose, lavender, chamomile, neroli or geranium, diluted in a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil.


4. Using essential oils in the shower

You can use essential oils in the shower for respiratory conditions, as the steam from the shower works in conjunction with the essential oils to relieve blocked airways. Essential oils, including eucalyptus and lavender, can help relieve blocked airways and help you breathe more easily. You can also add them to a shower gel base to create an aromatherapy effect.

If you want to use essential oils for respiratory conditions, make an aromatherapy bomb or disk. Place the product on a shelf in the shower where it will get enough water to start the process of diffusing the aromatherapy bomb but not so much as it will disappear within seconds.

Best essential oils for respiratory conditions include eucalyptus, peppermint, thyme, tea tree and lemon.

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BodyRestore Shower Steamers Aromatherapy

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5. Add essential oils to soap, shower gels, shampoo or body lotions

For clean, fresh smelling hands, add a few drops of essential oils to your shower gel or soap base. Lavender and geranium help calm and soothe while tea tree and lime are great for preventing infections in cuts and scrapes.

If you want to add essential oils to a shower gel or soap base, the easiest way is to purchase an unscented base product from a reputable supplier. It can be as simple as castile soap base (which is usually made from a base of olive oil and water), or a shower gel. Use at a dilution rate of about 2%.

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