Essential Oils and Your Hot Tub

This handy booklet will guide you through everything you need to know about proper usage of essential oils in your hot tub.

Relaxing in your hot tub is a sensory experience. Now you can lift your mood, increase energy and create an even calmer environment by incorporating one of the most powerful of the senses - smell! However, there are some things you should know before putting them in your tub:


1. While using your spa as a ready-to-go oil warmer and diffuser might sound like a good idea, hot tubs aren’t designed to circulate and filter thick substances like oils. Before you drop scented essential oils into the water, consider the possible risks to your spa—and to your wallet, after you find yourself paying for hot tub repairs and replacement parts.

2. Today’s best spa water care systems keep your water constantly fresh and clean without needing to be changed more than once every few months. However, adding oils or other substances that filters aren’t designed to remove will lead to buildup and other problems over time. A good rule of thumb: If a product isn’t specifically designated for use in a hot tub, don’t add it to your water.

3. Apart from the risks they present to your hot tub components, not all essential oils are safe for direct contact with your skin. Homemade hot tub aromatherapy is never a wise choice. It’s a good idea to choose an aromatherapy method that’s free from potential negative side effects.

4. Follow the guidelines for maintenance of your hot tub water system to keep your water clean and clear—both for the resilience and long life of your tub and to avoid cleaning and changing the water more often than necessary.

5. Crystal clear, periodically circulating water is a vital component of your peaceful home spa dream. Essential oils and homemade hot tub aromatherapy don’t play nicely with that dream. The good news is that there’s a simple way to integrate aromatherapy into your hot tub usage without the risk of costly or damaging side effects.


Once you have your spa-friendly aromatherapy scents, you may be wondering how to use them your tub. The product you buy should come with instructions for safe use. If your product doesn’t, it’s best to use caution and only use a small amount at a time. When you use these products, it’s also necessary to give your hot tub a break. Try to avoid using aromatherapy products in your tub every single day. Instead, try to save them for special occasions or really stressful days.

Some scents you may enjoy can include:

- Lavender

- Citrus

- Rose

- Ylang-Ylang

- Eucalyptus

These products are generally available in a liquid, salt or bath-bomb form.

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