Follow me on Instagram to see my latest health and fitness finds!  This time around it’s an aromatherapy bath.

It doesn’t take long for me to run to the store and grab more essential oils for bath times because I love aromatherapy baths.  It’s the one time of the evening I look forward to tucking away and relaxing without a chore attached to my name. And I’ve found just the essential oils to help me unwind.

This weekend I headed over to Whole Foods and picked up some rosemary oil and a bottle of Heritage Store vegetable glycerin.  I already had the lavender oil, and I’ll tell you how I pulled all of this (plus the baking soda) together to complete my relaxing bath.

**UPDATE: I no longer go to Whole Foods for my essential oils anymore, by the way!  I’ve been really pleased with the quality of oils I get from doTerra**

First you might want to hear about why I selected these ingredients. So, let’s dig in…in:

What’s so great about rosemary and lavender oils?

Rosemary is a great stress reliever- known to reduce the cortisol level in saliva.  Take a look at this study which shows that by combining both lavender and rosemary oils together and inhaling them combined, you significantly decrease your cortisol levels. Remember cortisol is the “fight or flight” stress hormone which can knock our hormones out of balance with too much of it floating around.  That’s why combining these two in a bath is such a great idea!  And it really is extremely relaxing.

Rosemary alone also helps to improve skin tone and helps to correct dryness.  It can help with eczema and acne.

Lavender, like rosemary, is also known for its aid against headaches, eczema, aching muscles, and stress.  Believe it or not, it can also help with menstrual cramps, as well as other types of joint stiffness.

I combine this with rosemary for a more potent bath!

How much I use:

I put in about 3-5 drops of each: lavender and rosemary.

What’s so great about vegetable glycerin?

Vegetable glycerin is great to use both internally and externally.  I like to add it after my bath by dabbing some on my skin  because it’s a natural way to hydrate my skin gently.  Glycerin is a natural humectant that adds moisture back to the skin and hair. Added in my bath it just seem to soften the water a bit.

How much I use:

I typically use just enough to slather over my skin, being sure to treat the dryer spots first.  You can squeeze out just the amount you need (a little goes a long way), or you can create a small jar of potent glycerin mixed with a few drops of your favorite essential oil for extra added effect. Up to two tablespoons per bath should suffice.

What’s so great about baking soda?

Baking soda can do a number of positive things for you- anything from softening your skin and promoting healing as a sitz bath. You can also help to rid your body of harmful chemicals through a detox bath, and baking soda assists in this process.

How much I use:

About 1/2 cup of baking soda should do the trick. I know it might seem kind of weird at first, bathing in something you would normally cook with- but trust me, it works.

These aromatherapy baths have been helpful to me this past year, and one day I’ll need to share my health scare of 2013 right here on the blog so you’ll understand why I have this new passion to move towards a more natural approach to living.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions, let me know in the comments! Do you use aromatherapy baths to relax or treat yourself medicinally?  I would love to hear from you.