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June 20, 2018  |  Login
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Caution: Skin Irritants

Several of the essential oils are known to irritate the skin when used in baths or massages. People with sensitive skin should avoid these oils when bathing or receiving massages. Other people can use these oils if they are first diluted in a carrier oil before being added to the bath; use only 3 to 4 drops per bath. In massage, these oils should be used in concentrations of no more than 2 percent essential oil to carrier oil.

Irritants in Baths

Irritants in baths and massages include basil, cinnamon leaf, lemon, sweet fennel, lemon grass, Siberian fir needle, verbena, parley seed, melissa, pimenta leaf, peppermint, thyme, and tea tree.


Scented baths are a perfect way to enjoy the healing powers of essential oils.

You can take a page from Cleopatra's history and soak in a soothing, rose-infused tub, or get ready to face the day with an uplifting blend of black pepper and juniper. Add a total of 6 to 10 drops of oil to a bathtub full of warm water, and swish the water to mix in the oil.

If your skin is sensitive, or if you are preparing a bath for a child, dilute the essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil first, and then add up to 6 drops of the mixture to the tub.

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