Essential Oils In Hot Tub: How You Use It Safely

This article explains how to choose essential oil alternatives for your hot tub, what essential oils are best for a hot tub, and how to use them safely.

Many hot tub owners ask about essential oils and whether they can use them in their hot tubs. But why use essential oils in the first place? Many are turning to essential oils to improve their health and wellness. There are many benefits of using essential oils in your hot tub, including helping you relax, relief from headaches, and relief from muscle aches. But before you go and purchase all the essential oils you need, you need to understand the different types of essential oils.

What You Need to Know About Essential Oils

Essential oils are an excellent way to enjoy aromatherapy in your hot tub. However, you can't use them the same way in your hot tub because they're not suitable for these kinds of systems.

Most essential oils are not designed for use in hot tubs. If you have a hot tub, you may want to avoid using essential oils for several reasons. First, it can clog your filters and cause problems to your pumps and plumbing; second, it can cause irritation when used directly on your hot tub.

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Essential oils act the same way skin oil does but are more potent. You can enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy in your hot tub by utilizing these three methods: aromatherapy diffusers, scented candles, and essential oil blends for bathing salts.

Key Takeaways: We don't recommend using essential oils in their pure form. However, you can use them in other safe ways for your hot tub.

How to Enjoy Aromatherapy Safely in Hot Tubs

You can use essential oils in your hot tub safely by only using essential oil products designed for hot tub use and never using them in their pure form directly on your hot tub.

Ask for hot tub-friendly aromatherapy products from a trusted local hot tub store. They're available in many forms, ranging from liquids and salts to bath bomb-style products that fizz and evaporate right before your eyes. They come in a range of scents, each one offering varied health benefits and improvements.

Examples include lavender, vanilla, eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, peppermint, and citrus. If you're looking to relax and unwind, you may want to add lavender or vanilla. Or, if you're stressed out from work, we recommend you use eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, or lavender.

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These products don't pass through your spa's filtration and circulation systems and instead have materials that are easily broken down by your hot tub's systems. It's a good idea to use these products when you use your hot tub, but try not to use them every single day. Save them for special occasions or really stressful days.

Key Takeaways: Aromatherapy used in hot tubs provides the same benefits as essential oils without causing problems with your tub's plumbing and filtration system.

Points to Remember When Using Essential Oils in Hot Tubs

points to remember when using essential oils in hot tubs
  1. You should never use essential oils in a hot tub if it has not been previously tested to the oil. Essential oils are volatile. When exposed to air, they begin to evaporate quicker than many other liquids such as water.
  2. Essential oils are very strong and should never be applied to sensitive skin. For best results, place the essential oil in the water near the jets and whirlpool, and then direct the jet spray and the swirling water to the affected area of the body.
  3. Diluting essential oils before using them is always a good idea. They're very potent, and it's better not to put them directly on your skin.
  4. Using essential oils in hot tubs can be safe, but you need to follow certain guidelines. Carrier oils can stick to the sides of the tubs and plumbing, though, so avoid that.
  5. Smaller, personal hot tubs made for 1 to 2 people can use as little as 5 to 10 drops, while larger ones (4-person hot tubs) can use up to 12 drops.

Key Takeaways: Essential oils and carrier oils are very different. Use essential oils sparingly and with utmost care.


In conclusion, you can use essential oils in your hot tub to help you relax and enjoy a good soak. However, if you're thinking about using essential oils in your hot tub, you need to understand what they are and how they work. You can use essential oils safely and effectively if you know how to use them properly.