There are many benefits to using essential oils in the shower. For one, it is an easy and quick way to reap the benefits of essential oils without taking too much time out of your day. In a hot shower, the steam from the water opens your pores and allows your skin to deeply absorb the oils. The steam also helps the oils to evaporate, perfect for aromatherapy as well. An essential oil shower allows your body and mind to reap the benefits of the essential oils daily, without additional effort.
Different essential oils have different properties, and you can blend them together for different effects. Peppermint and eucalyptus have a cooling, refreshing smell. Lavender and geranium are soothing and relaxing floral scents. Orange and lemon have bright citrus notes, perfect for a pick me up on a hot day. For cold winter nights, clove and cinnamon are spicy and warm. Cedarwood and frankincense are woody and rich. Alter your recipes to fit your mood and what you need from your essential oil.
An easy way to enjoy aromatherapy in the shower is to spritz the shower walls with an essential oil of your choice. You might choose orange or lemon for energy and mood boosters, or you might choose a relaxing scent like lavender or geranium. Simply combine two ounces of water with 15 drops of essential oils. This combination will not go on your skin, so it’s okay to make it a little stronger than your normal dilution of 2%.
Shower melts are basically bath bombs for your shower. Instead of dissolving in a bath, they melt in the steam and release a wonderfully aromatic scent. You can experiment with your oil combinations – eucalyptus and peppermint are great for energy and improving your mood, while lavender would make a great sleepytime shower melt.
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup corn starch
- 5 tablespoons of witch hazel
- 1-2 drop food coloring (optional)
- 20 drops essential oil
Combine the baking soda and corn starch.
Add the witch hazel slowly, mixing to a smooth consistency. You might need to add a little more witch hazel if the mixture still seems too dry.
Add your essential oils and food coloring, if desired, and stir.
Fill your silicone mold and freeze until solid. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
To use, place a melt on the floor just out of the water so that little droplets will hit it (but not the full stream). Enjoy the aromatherapy!
Sugar Scrub Bars
A great option to utilize essential oils in the shower while also revitalizing your skin is a sugar scrub bar. Exfoliate, smooth, and soften your skin with a combination of coconut oil, sugar, and essential oils.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- ½ cup pour & melt soap base
- 1 cup sugar
- Mica powder (optional)
- 15-20 drops essential oil
Melt your soap base in a microwave safe glass bowl using 15 second increments.
Mix in the coconut and essential oils, then stir in the sugar.
Add in mica powder if desired and stir well.
Pour into silicone molds and let sit for 2 hours to dry. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.