Essential Oils & Adding Them To Your Bath

Aromatherapy, in the form of essential oils, is awesome and will really add to your bath experience.


Be careful when adding Essential Oils! Too much can irritate your skin and cause discomfort and then your bath won’t be much fun at all.

Put a few drops in your hand and then swish your hand in the water to disperse. When you get in the tub you can add a few more drops if desired, but don’t just shake the container over the water – you can’t tell how much is coming out – shake a drop or two into your palm and then add to the water.

Wait a few minutes to see how you feel and if you can smell the oil (“aroma”therapy – get it?). Don’t be impatient! Relax!

And, for gawds sake, DON’T leave an uncapped essential oil on the side of the tub! See what transpired when I did that – click here for the story – my Eucalyptus Tub Tale!

Lavender and Eucalyptus Oils are two of my favorite essential oils. Must-have staples for any Bath Tub Diva.


Lavender and Eucalyptus essential oils

Lavender and Eucalyptus essential oils


NOW Foods Lavender Oil, 4 ounce

Eucalyptus Oil 4 fl.oz

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  1. Joe Rice
    Posted April 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Very nice site…. good luck!

  2. Larissa Shier
    Posted November 17, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m emailing to say I love your blog! Bathing is something I have always loved as well. I noticed however that you don’t promote using a therapeutic grade essential oil. I was wondering if you’d like to learn more about the different grades of oils as well as I would also like to offer you a free sample of therapeutic essential oils. Peppermint is my favourite because you can really tell the difference in quality.
    Happy bathing!

  3. sue
    Posted November 26, 2014 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    would you mix lavender with eucalyptus oil in the bath?

  4. Ritama
    Posted December 1, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Sure! Just ALWAYS be careful on the amounts of oil you put in. Less than 5 of each to start, and then add more when you are in the tub….
    S L O W L Y !

    Thanks for writing!

  5. Ritama
    Posted December 1, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Hi Larissa,

    Write me directly at about your therapeutic oils. I’d be happy to review your info.

    Thank you!

  6. Hannah
    Posted January 20, 2015 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    I accidently put too much peppermint oil in my bath, and my skin is burning, and almost feels like I am super cold, what should I do?

  7. Ritama
    Posted January 20, 2015 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Whoops! Take a cool shower and you’ll be fine :) Then wrap yourself up in nice warm flannel pajamas! You can also put some ice cubes on your wrists and neck to cool off too. But most important, don’t freak out! Just be calm and breathe.

    The sensation will pass soon, it might have already in the last half hour :)

    Peppermint is so good for you – but not in large doses! Next time just put 5 drops in the tub to start and then add one drop at a time. Usually 10 is about the max comfort level – at least for me. Read my posts about the benefits of Peppermint and don’t shy away from it because you OD’d this time! Let me know how it goes.

  8. Bailey
    Posted January 29, 2015 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    When I visited Australia I brought back eucalyptus oil. I got it from a pharmacy but it says poison right on it. Is it still safe to use in my bath since it’ll be diluted?

  9. Ritama
    Posted January 29, 2015 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Thanks for writing!

    None of my bottles of Eucalyptus Oil say “poison” on them! So I have no idea what you have purchased and why it would have that warning on it. Unless it’s in reference to not drinking it. Which of course, you don’t want to do! Maybe take it to an herbalist or health food store and see what they say.

    Good Luck!

  10. Cynthia E Bynum
    Posted June 24, 2015 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    This is my first time using the lavender and eucalyptus oils. Praying my experience goes well. I am going to just do the lavender bath I think without the eucalyptus added this time. Thank you for all your input.

  11. Janet
    Posted June 30, 2015 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    My 3 year olds bath tonight had lavender and peppermint in it. He is currently fighting a stomach virus. I sat in it with him and quickly realized I put too much. I had a cooling sensation on my skin when I got out. He obviously did too because he was upset and ready to getc out. He was over it pretty quickly though. Is there any way that could have hurt him?

  12. Ritama
    Posted July 1, 2015 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Hope it went well and you had a wonderful bath! It’s really not that hard to use the oils, and the more you do, the more you will like having them in your bath.

    Happy Bubbles,
    The Diva

  13. Ritama
    Posted July 1, 2015 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Well, I am not a pediatrician! So I can’t offer any advice on how many drops of oil is good for a child’s bath.
    The recipes and advice on the site is for adults and I emphasize being careful with the oils. It’s easy to accidentally overdo it, no matter how “big” you are!
    It sounds like he’s OK, so that’s a good thing.

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