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Sitz bath and essential oils

Sitz baths are used to specially help treat problems in the pelvic and genital areas, although most hydrotherapy people would recommend it as a general tonic as well.

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A sitz bath, or hip bath is normally undertaken in a custom built bath, but can also be taken in a normal bathtub.

The addition of suitable essential oils can further enhance the experience of a sitz bath, but be sure to mix the oil well into the water before immersion, to prevent the oil form irritating mucous membranes.

Tea Tree Oil is a popular oil to add to a sitz bath since it has some great properties, but any oil can be added to assist with your particular problem to be treated.

To select an oil for your specific needs, click here to have a look at the most suitable essential oil.

When taking a sitz bath, the lower abdominal and genital area is submerged, but the upper part of the body and the legs raised out of the water.

This particular type of bath is used to help increase blood flow to the pelvic area.

Hot sitz baths Sitz bath and essential oils

A hot sitz bath is taken in warm water of 95 - 105º F / 35 - 41º C, with the water level not higher than your navel.

Beneficial for:

  • hemorrhoids (haemorrhoids, piles)
  • muscular problems
  • painful testicles
  • painful ovaries
  • uterine cramps
  • prostate problems

Cold sitz bath Sitz bath and essential oils

In a cold sitz bath, water of only a few inches deep is used and should not be colder than 68º F / 20º C. note

Beneficial for:

  • constipation
  • impotence
  • inflammation
  • vaginal discharge

Hot and cold sitz bath Sitz bath and essential oils

You can also take alternate hot / cold sitz baths, where you will stay in the hot bath for 3 - 4 minutes and then have a cold sitz bath. When finishing a cold / hot sitz bath, finish off with your pelvic area in the cold bath. note

Beneficial for:

  • abdominal disorders
  • congestion
  • headaches
  • neuralgia
  • swollen ankles

General Sitz bath and essential oils

*A sitz bath is normally taken for about 20 - 30 minutes, and water is normally added to maintain the temperature.

Some people prefer to take cold sitz baths using ice water, but the length of such a cold sitz bath in ice water must not be done for longer than 60 seconds (1 minute).

To select the essential oil for your sitz bath, consult the directory of essential oils.

 

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