Tips on what essential oils in bath can be used for

Enjoy a good bath while these essential oils work its magic

By Gabriela Petit
Tips on what essential oils in bath can be used for

Essential oils have come a long way in the history of man; its usage was recorded by all the civilizations on Earth. The Chinese, Greek and Romans, Egyptians, Arabs, and even the Africans have been known to use it for various healing, medicinal or beauty purposes.  

Essential oils are extracts from plant materials which can be from seeds, leaves or even backs and roots. They are undiluted hydrophobic liquids that contain aroma compounds derived. Now before we all get bored with the terms, let's simplify things up here. 

Below, I’ll help you get acquainted with some of the benefits of essential oils and how it has provided remedies for ailments. Without much ado, let’s just dive into the basics of these oils and some of the cure and pain it can be used for.

Using essential oils in bath for congestion

Congestion has a lot of causes. It could be allergic responses, common cold or worse, an upper respiratory infection. Also called stuffy nose, you all know how it feels when the cold begins to take its toll on us.

You begin to roam about with a handkerchief to blow the nose every ten to fifteen minutes, how embarrassing and uncomfortable. Well, there are simple do-it-yourself solutions or call it self-medication if you would. First, though, you will need to know which essential oil to use.

They are plenty so if you don’t get one, you can get another. Examples of these oils are peppermint essential oil, thyme essential oil, oregano essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil. Personally, I would recommend the peppermint essential oil. I have tried the leaves in my tea a couple of times and it has been effective. However, it will depend on how easy you can access some of these since location matters.

How to use

To use any of these oils for congestion, you just follow these simple steps:

  1. Boil some water and pour in a bowl.
  2. Add a few drops of the oil in it.
  3. Cover your head with a towel and stiff in the stream. 

This will help clear your airways and make breathing easy.

Using essential oils in bath for back pain

If you’re like most people who sit behind a desk almost all day doing your regular job, you’ll agree when I say the lower back pain is one of the most annoying pains to feel. 

It’s so painful that every move you try to make, you will not escape that sharp lower back pain. Anyway, there is a remedy for that. Numerous essential oils can cure this and has been proven to work very well over years. Some of which are listed and explained briefly below:

1. Eucalyptus essential oil

It’s one of the commonest oils used in treating aches and pains. It has a strong anti-inflammatory property which makes it one-stop oil for use.

2. Peppermint essential oil

Also having anti-inflammatory properties, it's excellent for treating lower back pains.

Several other essential oils that can deal hard blows on your back aches are; lavender essential oil, frankincense essential oil, sweet ginger oil.

How to use

The use is simple:

  1. After a warm bath, pour some of the essential oil of choice onto your palm and rub together.
  2. Then rub gently onto the lower back where the pain is severe.
  3. This is easier if you have someone to help you out.

Using essential oils in bath for UTI

Naturally, men would want to stay away from this part, thinking only women are more vulnerable to the Urinary Tract Infection. Men! Stay with me on this and read on. You’re also at risk of having this infection. 

Based on research made, women between the ages 16 – 35 get infected yearly while men below 45 are also at risk of infection. The UTI may affect a part or whole of the urinary system: the kidneys, bladder, urethra, and ureter.

Most infections, though, involve the bladder and the urethra. Persistent need to urinate, burning sensation when urinating, strong-smelling urine and a few more are all symptoms of UTI. Be sure to learn more on this so you would know your status.

If you have bad news about the status, don’t panic. There is a solution. The Oregano oil, cinnamon oil, lavender oil, cumin oil plus several more are all excellent at curing this. 

Using essential oils in bath for cough

Coughs, especially when you are around people might be very embarrassing. Imagine you would feel if you coughed and those around you (me included) began to stand at a distance so ‘we’ could not get infected. So you could use any of these essential oils to avert that embarrassment.

Here I’m going to list out some of the oils found to be effective in dealing with that disturbing cough of yours. 

1. Eucalyptus essential oil

This is a very good essential oil for your cough. It helps in cleansing the body from toxins and microorganisms that can make you sick. It also dilates your blood vessels hence allowing more oxygen to get to the lungs so that you are able to catch a breath while coughing.

2. Peppermint essential oil

You sure have used menthol before. Either for bathing or in sweets. Menthols give a cooling sensation on the body. Peppermint essential oils have menthol in them which makes them antibacterial and antiviral. It also has the ability to relieve your scratchy throat which makes you cough.

3. Rosemary essential oil

This has an effect that relaxes the tracheal muscle. This is the muscle that constricts the trachea, hence allowing air to be ejected with more force when you cough. I’m pretty sure you can see how this will help. This oil reduces the frequency of coughing in patients with asthma.

How to use

A cough can be suited by either:

  • Adding the oil to bath water. 
  • Adding it to a cup of warm tea.
  • Rubbing the oil all over your chest and back and putting on warm clothes.

Using essential oils in bath for constipation

Constipation can be a very uncomfortable feeling. It’s usually as a result of poor metabolism.  On an average,, women are more likely to get constipated than men. Argue about who eats more, later.

Likewise, constipation is more likely to occur in older individuals than younger ones. When this happens, essential oils have proven to be a simple home remedy to suits this disturbing feeling and get that digestion going. 

Below are some oils that can help.

1. Ginger essential oil

It helps relieve the tensed situation in the bowel which impedes bowel movement. It also stimulates the digestive system.

2. Peppermint essential oil

Same old peppermint, right? Well, it’s considered antispasmodic, which means it relieves the muscle tension and reduces inflammation, which is one of the reasons your bowels don’t move. 

Adding two to four drops of peppermint oil in a glass of warmed water can go a long way in relieving constipation. It’s advised to take this mix in the morning and in the evening.

3. Marjoram essential oil

It’s advised that you don't use this too often. That been said, it helps in improving the digestive system. All you need to do is drop few pints of this oil in hot steaming water, and place a towel or clean cloth over your head and the bowl. Have some breaths in the steam to get relieved of constipation. Sounds fishily sinister, right?

No pain, no gain.


With all that has been said about essential oils, the best medical advice you could get from a doctor, dietician, therapist or any medical professional is to first try and stay away from being infected. Eat well, be hygiene- conscious.

Furthermore, it’s advised that you stick to the essential oil that has been proven to work for the ailment you seek to remedy. The amount of essential oil you use does not really have any negative side effect as all are from the natural source. That said, it is always important to seek your doctor's opinion if you have any existing condition prior using, and make sure that you find out what are the exact dos and don'ts when it comes to administering essential oils.