Are you looking for the best essential oils to use in the bath? These 20 essential oils in bath water are great for so many things! Use them to relax, invigorate, increase circulation, etc.

Add them to the bath, sit back and relax and let your day melt away!

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Best Essential Oils For The Bath

Essential Oils In Bath Water!

Using essential oils in the bath is a great method of application.

Not only can it be very enjoyable, but it is also very beneficial to the body.

Even Hippocrates recommended daily aromatic baths to prolong life!

Soaking in a warm bath with essential oils not only delivers the oils to the body but assists the body in releasing toxins as well.

You can use essential oils in the bath to help relax after a hard days work, to help motivate and promote happy thoughts, to increase circulation, to soothe the body in times of sickness, to nourish the skin and so much more!

Best Essential Oils For Skin

Essential oils are amazing for beauty and body care and a great way to pamper yourself. 

I love to not only use them in the bath to nourish the skin, but in my skin care products as well to decrease wrinkles, stretch marks, dry skin, and so much more! 

These are all things that as a mother of four I have experienced! But it doesn’t have to be so!

As an Aromatherapist I get asked a lot to create blends for the bath and beauty and body care. And, (not to toot my own horn;) after quite a few years I’ve managed to make some extremely popular bath, skin and body care recipes that clients keep coming back to buy.

I’ve hesitated in the past to share these recipes. After all I made them! The products I make with them are in high demand and I just couldn’t bring myself to share my secret skin care weapons…. you know, recipes;)

But I finally decided that it would be easier to share the recipes than to ship everyone a bottle of each blend!

So I made a new recipe binder that includes all of my clients’ most popular blends. I also personally use these recipes and can’t imagine my daily routine without them!

If you like to pamper yourself, or if you or someone you know has a skin care need then be sure to check out the Essential Oil Beauty & Body Care Binder. 

Essential oils can transform your life!

How To Use Essential Oils In Bath Water?

Did you know that when it comes to using essential oils in the bath that there is a wrong and a right way?

That’s right!

To gain the most benefit from your essential oils you need to follow a couple of easy steps.

In this post we are talking about WHICH essential oils you should use in the bath.

But you can find out exactly HOW to use essential oils in the bath in my post Using Essential Oils in Bath Water.

Essential Oils In Bath Water

Best Essential Oils For Bath

Now that you know how to use essential oils in bath water, let’s talk about the best oils to use!


Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang is a great relaxing oil!

It also works as a great aphrodisiac and is excellent for low self-confidence.

When my grandfather passed away I created a blend for my mother to use while she was grieving. It contained Ylang Ylang essential oil!

This is a great essential oil to add to the tub to utilize these properties! Lay back, relax and breath in the wonderful aroma of Ylang Ylang:)

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium is an oil that is often used to adulterate rose essential oil because it has a very similar scent.

Traditionally geranium has been used for stress and tension.

I always find that when I feel overwhelmed or stressed, geranium helps to calm me and ease my tension!

It’s also great for for skin care! Use Geranium to smooth wrinkled skin, and balance out dry and oily skin!

What better way to gain an all body benefit of geranium than by soaking in the bath:)

You can read more about geranium essential oil in my post Why You NEED Geranium Essential Oil!

Lavender Oil in Bath

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is a very soothing, calming essential oil as well.

It helps to calm the nerves, soothe irritability, anger and frustration.

I love to use Lavender not only for moments of stress and frustration, but at bedtime as well, to help encourage a peaceful nights sleep!

This is a great oil to add to the bath before bed to encourage a peaceful nights sleep:)

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot is a sweet smelling citrus oil and is very uplifting and encouraging!

It is a soothing oil that is great for calming during life’s stresses!

I love its floral, sweet scent!

Add it to the bath to encourage happy thoughts while relieving the stress of the day:)

One word of caution with any citrus oils: Do not soak in or apply citrus oils to the skin for at least four to six hours before going out in the sun. Citrus oils are photosensitive and will cause you to sunburn very easily!

So don’t soak in bergamot just before going to the beach or working out in the garden:)

3. Peppermint Essential Oil

peppermint Essential Oil

I love peppermint for it’s invigorating qualities.

Peppermint is cool, minty and helps to stimulate the mind.

It helps me to think clearly and get’s my blood flowing.

With my peppermint in hand I’m ready to take on the day!

Add this oil to your bath to combat sluggishness and to help you get motivated!

This is also a great oil to add to the bath during times of fever and sickness to help support the body.

Orange Essential Oil

Orange Essential Oil

The citrus oils are all such uplifting oils!

Orange is very balancing, cheerful, and positive!

What a wonderful happy oil to soak your cares away in:)

This is a wonderful oil to add to the bath for the winter blues!

Don’t forget though, as I mentioned above, orange is photosensitive. So don’t soak in orange before going to any pool parties;)

Red Mandarin Essential Oil

Red Mandarin Essential Oil

Red Mandarin has a sweet, fruity, uplifting scent.

It not only smells wonderful when combined with every oil on this list, but it also has wonderful uses as well!

Red Mandarin essential oil is great for relieving stress, anxiety, moodiness and fatigue.

Add it to the bath for a pleasant uplifting feeling.

This is also a photosensitive oil.

Essential Oils For Bath

Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil

Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil

This is the last citrus oil on our list.

It, like the other citrus oils, is very uplifting.

I love grapefruit to help pull me out of a bad mood and to help me to snap out of a funk so that I have the energy and desire to get things done!

Grapefruit also works as a diuretic, helping the body with water retention as well.

And don’t forget, it’s also photosensitive!

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile is my go to oil for helping to calm feelings of anger, worry and nervousness.

My aromatherapy instructor always referred to it as the “Road Rage Oil”!

So whenever you find yourself in a situation that is out of your control, pull out the Roman Chamomile!

You can learn more about the amazing benefits of Roman Chamomile here!

Add this to your bath to combat these feelings as well as to encourage a good nights sleep.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil

If you’ve been following my blog for long you know that I love Frankincense!

I discuss frankincense in length in my post Why You Should Use Frankincense Essential Oil. And I talk about how to use Frankincense in my post 10 Amazing Frankincense Essential Oil Uses!

According to Jennifer Hochell Pressimone in her Introduction to Holistic Aromatherapy Course, Frankincense is excellent for relieving fear!

I have always been a worrier (I’m a mom, what can I say;)! Which is why I probably gravitate towards frankincense! I love the smell and when I breathe deeply from my bottle of frankincense I can feel my fears and trepidations disappear!

This is the oil to use to erase your fears so that you can move forward, ready to embrace life!

Frankincense is also said to encourage creativity, concentration and inspiration.

So add frankincense to your bath before starting a new project or to help you overcome your fears!

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood is a very grounding oil, in that it is said to help you to stay focused.

Sandalwood is said to help reduce indecision so that you can stay firm in your goals!

Use Sandalwood to help you to embrace life!

Sandalwood is also a great skin care oil. Add it to the bath to nourish the skin and focus the mind.

Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress is a very historical oil!

The Egyptians, Greeks, Phoenicians & Cretans all used Cypress!

Historically it is said to help in times of transition, such as a death, moving or changing jobs.

You can learn more about the amazing benefits of cypress essential oil here!

This is a great oil to help transition into a more positive mindset!

Transition into a mindset that is ready to take on the world and live life to the fullest!

Cypress is also a great oil for circulation. Add to the bath for the above emotions and to assist the body in increasing circulation.

Essential Oil Bath Recipes

Spearmint Essential Oil

Spearmint Essential Oil

Spearmint is excellent to use for lifting spirits, reducing stress, and helping to handle grief and guilt.

These are definitely things that need to be overcome in order to live life to the fullest!

Add this to the bath to be invigorated and uplifted.

Birch Essential Oil!

Birch Essential Oil

Birch is also said to help ease water retention as well as cellulite.

It’s also very invigorating to the mind and smells amazing!

You can read more about the many benefits of Birch Essential Oil here!

I also love to use birch for easing pain and inflammation of muscles after a good exercise or a hard days work.

Add it to the tub and soak for overall body benefit!

Marjoram Essential Oil!

Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram is my muscle oil! I love to use Marjoram for anything muscle related.

This makes it a great oil to use after a hard workout!

Add it to the tub for a relaxing soak:)

Tea Tree Essential Oil


Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree is a very popular oil!

Did you know that it is a great oil to use to purify the air in your home?!

In addition to that it’s a great oil to soak in the tub with during cold and flu season. It helps to support the body during times of illness.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil


Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Radiata is another one of the wonderful essential oils for the bath!

This is also an oil I love to use during cold and flu season!

Eucalyptus has historically been used as a decongestant. I find that when I have a stuffy nose breathing in this Eucalyptus helps me to breathe easier!

Adding it to your warm bath water will fill the room with the decongesting aroma of eucalyptus.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass is a very soothing oil with a wonderful lemon like scent!

It’s the oil that I use for cartilage and tendons. Lemongrass is a great oil to soak in after being very physical.

Especially after sports or activities that are hard on the joints.

And it’s also great for the skin!

So add some lemongrass essential oils in bath water and enjoy a good soak:)

Palmarosa Essential Oil

Palmarosa Essential Oil

Palmarosa is also great for the skin. It’s very moisturizing and helps increase the elasticity of the skin.

It’s also a great oil for emotional balance and helps to create feelings of calm and happiness.

And that’s the 20 best essential oils in bath water to use!

Do you like to use essential oils in bath water?

Which essential oils are your favorites to use in bath water?

Leave me a comment below and let me know!

And don’t forget to check out my post Using Essential Oils In Bath Water to find out the best way to benefit from essential oils in the bath!

Essential Oils In Bath Water

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