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Essential oils in Hot Baths, Hot tubs and Jacuzzi’s

Essential oils in Hot Baths, Hot tubs and Jacuzzi’s

Al and I have a wonderfully big double sized corner tub. Our tub is not a whirlpool or hot tub – no pumps or jets.  It is just a big soaking tub.

We really enjoy adding essential oils to our bathing time.  Adding essential oils to any big tub is certainly most enjoyable, helping to make the end of a busy day a time to relax and prepare for bedtime and sweet dreams.  

Maybe you have a ‘Hot tub’ or a Jacuzzi.  If you add some essential oils to a hot tub when you have friends and guests can make the event even more memorable and enjoyable. Remember the ‘lock and key’ system your brain has will trigger memories in the future of events that were fun.

Getting started.

It is important to remember that essential oils will sit on top of the water and not mix in IF you don’t use an emulsifier or something to help mix oil and water together.

TubWe have a few ideas for you to do so you can benefit from the use of essential oils and not risk someone being accidently injured from their use in a tub or damage to your tub.

Essential oils for a luxurious bath, including a skin beautifying Milk bath.

IF you have a soaking tub or regular bath tub the easiest is to mix the essential oils you will be adding to the tub by first adding them to a small amount of unscented liquid soap, shampoo or shower gel.   You don’t need much of either. 

Example add 6-8 drops of essential oils to 1 or 2 teaspoons of shampoo, blend well, then add to the bathtub.  You may get a few bubbles, but most of the time that small amount of soap won’t produce many bubbles but it will disperse the essential oils into the water so the pure essential oil is less likely to cause irritation of delicate genital areas. 

Another option is to use dairy products such as full fat milk or cream or even half and half.   Again, you can add your 6-8 drops of essential oils to ½ to 1 cup of any of these.  Shake or stir well then add to the bath.  The dairy fat is softening to the skin.  It was common in yesteryears to take these types of ‘milk baths’.   I have read that Cleopatra was a fan of milk baths where she added rose petals and other flowers to keep her skin beautiful.

Make the bath even better by simply adding epsom salts, baking soda and dead sea salt to the water.  These added to the water will make the bath an even more relaxing and skin beautifying experience.   

I’ve seen recipes that call for use of a powder milk, but realize most powdered milks is non-fatted milk.  You need the fat in the milk to emulsify the essential oils so unfortunately you cannot substitute non-fat dry milk for the full fat milk or cream.  However, you can still add powdered milk to your bath.

Special considerations for Hot Tubs with Whirlpool jets and Jacuzzi’s.

When using essential oils in a Hot Tub or Jacuzzi you need to use a different type of emulsifier.  You don’t want ‘milk’ in the working mechanism, nor do you want to add ‘soap’ to it either.  Since these types of tubs may require you to continue to add more essential oils due to the open air atmosphere and the number of people that may be in your tub you want to use a special blend you can mix well ahead.

The best type of emulsifier for these types of tubs is either Polysorbate 20 or Coconut oil based Emulsifier. Again, you would add your essential oils to either of these.  Preferably, you want to blend these several days in advance so you know the essential oils blended with these types of products. 

Whirlpool tubIn a whirlpool hot tub that holds many people use no more than 3 drops of essential oil per person capacity. In other words if your hot tub can hold 6 people use no more than 18 drops total.

We suggest you really start out with about half that amount and add more as necessary. You can always add more after 30 – 60 minutes.

Of course, if your hot tub is out doors and the wind is blowing you might need to add more oil sooner than you think.

Use caution whenever you use oils in heated water, as the warm water increases the absorption rate both through inhalation and the skin.

Before using essential oils in your hot tub or Jacuzzi check with the manufacturer’s warranty as you don’t want to void your service contract unnecessarily.  Although we are suggesting you use small amounts of essential oils, some can still do damage to pump and hose parts.

Also, another warning:  

Do not use any of the skin sensitizing oils or those that are photo toxic/sensitive if your party will be during sunlight hours. You don’t want your guests or yourself to have any reaction.

If someone does have a reaction, have them shower with a mild soap and cool water. Do not let them reenter the hot tub.

If they feel light headed or develop other signs of getting too much essential oils or heat, (not only from breathing essential oils, but because of the heat of the water), take them to an area where they can get fresh, cooler air.

Here are a few recipes

There are several blends that will make your time in the hot tub energizing, relaxing, or romantic. You can of course, use just single oils too!!    You can use these blends in a regular tub too, just use a few drops (6-8).

A Relaxing Blend for a hot tub for 4-5 people

Spruce needle – 5 drops
The V'nilla's blend – 4 drops
Lemongrass – 4 drops
Cedarwood – 2 drops
Emulsifier – 1 ml (20 drops)

Blend all in a PET plastic bottle then add about half to your hot tub.  Add the remaining amount after 30 minutes, if desired.

Energizing Blend for the Hot tub (Will make enough for several uses)

Peppermint – 20 drops
Lavender – 20 drops
Cedarwood – 20 drops
Spruce needle – 10 drops
Eucalyptus globulus – 10 drops
Emulsifier – 1 teaspoonful

Blend all in a PET plastic bottle then add 3-4 drops per person to your hot tub. Add more if desired after 30 minutes.  


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