Essential Oils in the Shower: Your Next Self-Care Secret Weapon

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Taking a shower is something that we do every day so why not take that steamy part of your day to the next level. What if you could turn your daily shower into a spa-like experience?

That’s a total win for a busy mom like me so let me show you how to turn your shower and even your bath into a self-care secret weapon to relax and refresh.

And your family will never even know! Shh. Just don’t stay in too long or your water bill will stress you out. Ugh.

Why You Should Use Essential Oils in the Shower

The benefits of using essential oils are undeniable but if you’re not a die-hard aficionado of essential oils, they can often be underused. We get busy and are often not home long enough to remember to roll on those oils or fire up the diffuser.

Using essential oils in your daily shower helps solve the busy problem. If you put an essential oil shower kit right in your shower area, you’ll likely use them more frequently and enjoy their benefits.

The other reason using EO’s in your shower is a great idea is for your wellness. For example, if you need an immunity boost and feel congested you can make a shower steamer that can help open up your airways so you can breathe a bit better.

On those days when you’re feeling lower or more anxious than you’d like, you can add a mood-boosting shower steamer to help support your emotional health.

Another practical reason for using EO’s in the shower is there isn’t a lot of diluting that needs to be done as there is with the bath. You aren’t soaking in the water, but rather using the steam from the shower to diffuse the oils into the air.

Simply put, using essential oils in the shower makes using them that much easier and even more enjoyable because who doesn’t love an aromatherapy shower?

Simple Ways to Use Essential Oils in the Shower or Bath

1 – Use the Shower Steam

When using essential oils in your shower, you’ll want to take total advantage of the steam. You can do this using a few different methods such as, adding drops to the bottom of the shower, putting some drops on a washcloth that you hold close to your nose, making or using a shower steamer, or putting some drops in a cup you keep in the shower while it picks up the steam.

2 – Create your own body scrubs

Creating a body scrub not only exfoliates your skin but allows you to get the topical benefits of essential oils.

For a simple essential oil body scrub, all you need is some sugar, your favorite skin-nourishing essential oils, and a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut that’s good for your skin.

Mix them up and store them in a jar for an amazing aromatherapy shower treat anytime you want it.

3 – Add Essential Oils to Your Body Wash and Shampoo

You can also add your own essential oils to your unscented body wash and/or shampoo. Using an essential oil dropper or eyedropper, add 10 drops of essential oil for every 8 ounces of body wash or shampoo.

Some oils like citrus react to plastics so it’s best to use a metal or glass container when using EO’s. You’ll also want to only use skin-safe essential oils and avoid “hot oils” like Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass, and Oregano. These are oils that can cause a hot or warming sensation when applied to the skin.

Oils that are a good choice for adding to shampoo and body washes are lavender, vanilla, tea tree, rosemary, and peppermint.

4 – Make Your Own After Shower Body Oil

Shower oils are incredibly moisturizing and soothing to the skin but you don’t need to buy expensive bottles from the store – you can easily make your own.

All you need to do is add your carrier oil like avocado, almond, or jojoba oil to your bottle. Then using a dropper simply add 2-4 drops of your favorite essential oils for every 1oz of carrier oil.

Try using a lotion pump dispenser like this one for easy and mess-free application!

Oils like sandalwood, lavender, frankincense, patchouli, myrrh, and geranium are healing and nourishing oils for the skin.

How to Diffuse Essential Oils in Your Shower

The magic of using essential oils in the shower really comes alive when you create a diffusing effect using a shower steamer.

You’re probably asking yourself, what is a shower steamer?

Well, it’s a clever way of using the shower’s steam to naturally diffuse the essential oils into the air of your shower so you can get those benefits. Think of it like a bath bomb but without the fizzing action.

You make your own shower steamers using the recipe below, or you can simply buy shower steamers like these.

Shower Steamer Recipe

There are several ways to make your own essential oil shower steamers. Here is the easiest recipe to get started.

Simply pour in 1 and 1/2 cup of corn starch into a medium mixing bowl.  Then add one tablespoon of witch hazel.  Then add 10 drops each of your preferred essential oils. At this point you should start whisking your mixture so the oils spread evenly in the corn starch.

Now, it’s time to add water. Start with just 3 tablespoons and keep mixing.  It’ll start out as a dry, crumbly mixture. Add water a few drops at a time and mix well. Then a few more drops and mix some more.

Repeat until you get JUST past the crumbly point and the color is mixed in. If the mixture gets too wet, add a little more corn starch. Jut know, the corn starch has to be just wet enough to stir with effort.  If you get it too wet, just add more cornstarch.

It’s time to add your mixture to your mold but be aware that the mixture shouldn’t pour easy and should take some effort to put in your mold. Once you get your mixture into the mold, pop it in the freeze for an hour to set.

Remove from the freezer and store in a dry location for use in your shower.

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