There are a number of essential oils that you can consider using for health benefits. These oils are called “essential oils” not because of their necessity, but because they are believed to hold the “essence” of the plant that they come from (via the scent, etc).
Many of these essential oils are used in a number of health care products today, and they are very popular with people who are looking to make their own bath salts. Three of the most popular essential oils that you will find in bath salts (both homemade and commercial) are peppermint, vanilla, and jasmine oils. Let’s take a closer look at each of them so that you can get more of an idea of why they’re so popular.
Peppermint Oil. Many people absolutely love the smell of peppermint. The fresh smell helps to clear your mind and it can help you to feel a little more energetic, even if you aren’t feeling well. Peppermint oil can help you stay focused, it can help you be more alert, and it can clear out your sinuses if you’re feeling stuffy. As you can tell, peppermint oil is definitely more of an aromatherapuetic oil, but it can also be helpful if you are fighting a skin infection or a fungal infection. This is because it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are why peppermint is used in mouthwash and in toothpaste. The oil is more concentrated than what you will get in mouthwash, so you need to be sure and use it sparingly in your bath salts. In general, the use of peppermint oil in bath salts is definitely for mental and emotional acuity.
Vanilla Oil. The scent of vanilla is a very soothing one for many people. This is why many people use vanilla candles, body wash, and other vanilla-scented items throughout their home. There is research that indicates that vanilla oil works as an antidepressant, a sedative, and a tranquilizer (helps you sleep). Basically, this essential oil soaks into your skin and helps your body to reduce any inflammation in your body; no matter how internal it may be (respiratory infections and digestive infections are both greatly alleviated when you utilize vanilla oil). It can also help your body relax; it lowers your blood pressure and acts to help your body relax, even if you’re overly anxious, so you can sleep better at night as well.
Jasmine Oil. Jasmine oil is great oil for your bath salts because it can help you in those times that you are ill. If you are dealing with a respiratory illness or something similar, jasmine can help you clear out the phlegm and mucus that are in your throat and lungs. Breathing in jasmine oil has also helped a number people who are dealing with both anxiety and depression; it has been shown through numerous studies that jasmine has a “calming effect” on people (which is why it’s popular in the aromatherapy world). If you’re taking a lot of baths before bed, it can also help you go to sleep (and stay asleep!) as well. Jasmine oil is also an important part of many skin care products, especially those that work with dry skin. If you have issues with dry skin (not injured skin; it can irritate open wounds and cracks), jasmine oil can actually help moisturize and “wake up” your skin so that you don’t have to deal with the discomfort and irritation of dry skin, especially during cold winter months.
Vanilla, Peppermint, and Jasmine oils are not the only essential oils that you can add to your bath salts in order to get the most out of them. Other popular oils include Rose, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Neroli, Rosewood, and more. Each type of oil has different benefits, and you can use them in your bath salts to help you through certain ailments or to give you particular benefits. Tailor your bath salts to help you with exactly what you need! Talk to your local supply store or do some research to discover what other oils and minerals could be added to your next batch of soaking bath salts.