I know bath bombs are on trend but I personally LOVE MY SHOWER! Still wanting to enjoy my essential oils in my daily bathing ritual I have found an excellent solutions to use my essential oils while I shower. You will love it too because it is customizable to your desires.
Using essential oils in the shower is an amazing way to get essential oils and aromatherapy into your daily life. They have amazing benefits for the mind and body and offer a great way to start your day, or to end your day. There are many options for shower aromatherapy, whether you want to jump start your day with peppermint essential oil or relax with lavender essential oil.
How to Use Essential Oils in Shower
Before you decide on your essential oil, ask yourself what you want from an aromatherapy shower. After determining your shower goals, such as improved mood, respiratory health or relief from stressful days, you can then choose your essential oil shower method and blend.
Benefits of Using Essential Oils in the Shower
Essential oils are both therapeutic and aromatic. The benefits of using oil in the shower can vary depending on the essential oils you choose.
- Boosts energy
- Supports healthy breathing
- Immune system booster
- Help with seasonal threats
- Relaxes and calms your mind and body
- Reduces anxiety
- Promotes healthy nights sleep
- Lifts your mood
- Aids focus and concentration
5 Ways to Use Essential Oils in the Shower
Adding essential oils to your shower can help you relax, ease stress and tension, and invigorate your senses. Lavender, mint, citrus, and eucalyptus oils are all great for refreshing and invigorating the senses. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your shower for a refreshing aromatherapy experience.
Here are ways to use essential oils in shower:
1. Essential Oil Shower Drops
This method is as simply and easy, anyone can do it. It consists of adding a few drops of essential oils to your shower floor. This is by far my favorite method of using essential oil in the shower.
First thing is to turn on the shower and get the water to the desired temperature. Next add the 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to the shower floor away from direct water flow before getting in the shower.
The shower steam will mix with the essential oils so you can gain the benefits through inhalation.
- Add a few drops of lavender oil to your shower floor to enjoy its soothing, calming scent.
- Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your shower floor to help clear your sinuses and improve your breathing.
2. Diffuse Essential Oils in Your Bathroom
Diffusing essential oils in your bathroom can help freshen the air and create a relaxing and uplifting atmosphere as you shower.
- Diffuse bergamot oil, it is an uplifting oil that can help brighten your mood and create a positive atmosphere.
- Use eucalyptus oil in a diffuser can be refreshing and cleansing, helping to clear your mind and invigorate your senses.
- Grapefruit is a refreshing, energizing oil. Blend it with roman chamomile for an energizing shower that can help to combat fatigue and promote a sense of peace.
3. Use Essential Oil Body Wash, Body Scrub, or Soap
Essential oils can be very beneficial for your skin and emotional well-being. Many oils can be used to tone, soothe, and moisturize your skin. They can also add skin-saving nutrients and a pleasant scent to your wash routine.
Grapefruit essential oil is our favorite oil for body wash. Bergamot essential oils are great for their anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and toning qualities. Lavender essential oil is good for skin-healing and calming properties.
- Use lemon essential oil in your homemade body scrub to brighten your skin and uplift your mood.
- Add tea tree oil to your body wash to help combat back and chest acne. Tea tree is a natural antibacterial agent that can help cleanse your skin and freshen the air as well.
- Eucalyptus essential oil can provide a relaxing spa-like experience. Try our eucalyptus essential oil soap recipe.
4. Enhance Your Shampoo or Condition
Adding essential oils to shampoo and conditioner is a great way to improve your hair care and shower routine. Essential oils can help to hydrate your scalp and hair, fight off dandruff, and promote healthy hair growth. In addition, they can also add a pleasant scent to your shampoo and conditioner.
Add a drop or two to your shampoo or condition before applying it to your hair. Use as you would any other shampoo or conditioner, lathering and rinsing thoroughly. You should notice a difference in your hair's appearance and feel after just a few uses.
- Add peppermint oil to your shampoo to invigorate your scalp and improve your energy levels.
- Tea Tree, Peppermint and Rosemary are our favorite essential oils for improving the condition of hair and scalp.
5. Washcloth Method
This is similar to number one but you use a washcloth instead of placing the drops on the shower floor. Apply 4 to 6 drops essential oil to a warm, damp washcloth. Hang it over your shower-head, soap dish, or shower caddy.
As you shower, the restorative aroma of the essential oils will mix with the steam. Inhale the steam as you shower and let your worries go.
- To reduce anxiety, try adding lemongrass or juniper berry oil. This is a great option for waking up in the morning.
- Add drops of lavender oil to create a soothing and relaxing space to help you de-stress and relax after a long day.
How to Use Eucalyptus in the Shower
It is a popular trend to hang eucalyptus bundles (fresh green leaves) in the shower. While you can do that but if you have eucalyptus essential oil, you can use that instead.
Eucalyptus is known to ease congestion, reduce inflammation, open up airways, and promote alertness. Eucalyptus is a component in many cough suppressants, decongestants and chest rubs.
It is important to dilute essential oils before applying them topically. Essential oils can cause skin irritation by being applied directly to the skin. If using them aromatically, like drops on the shower floor, then there is no need to dilute them.
12 Essential Oil Shower Blends
Of course we have some scent combination recipes for you but here is a great way to get to know specific oils and try out some different essential oil blends with minimal risk and cost.
Don't sit on the fence, seriously, if you have been just an essential oil recipe browser, STOP NOW and TAKE ACTION! You will be so happy you did.
And no excuse that you do not have the essential oil in the recipe because you can pick from the oils you have in your arsenal.
1. Relaxation: 2 drops Lavender and 2 drops Chamomile
2. Wake Up: 2 drops Peppermint and 2 drops Lemon
3. Bedtime: 3 drops Lavender and 2 drops Cedarwood
4. Congestion: 2 drops Eucalyptus and 2 drops Lavender
5. Citrus Uplift: 2 drops Orange, 2 drops Grapefruit and 1 drop Lemon
6. Tranquil: 2 drops Patchouli and 2 drops Frankincense
7. Forest Retreat: 3 drops Cypress and 1 drop Cedarwood
8. Breathe Easy: 3 drops Cardamom and 3 drops Lavender
9. Sweet Flower: 3 drops Orange and 1 drop Ylang Ylang
10. Calm: 3 drops Grapefruit and 1 drop Vetiver
11. Spice Is Nice: 2 drops Ginger and 2 drop Orange
12. Cleansing: 3 drops Lemon and 2 drops Melaleuca (tea tree)
How to Make Aromatherapy Shower Melts
Shower melts are small disks made from baking soda and water. Make a batch of them, then right before you get in the shower, take one disk and apply your desired essential oils to the shower melt and place into shower. The aroma will linger out as the steam and water hits the melt.
What I especially love is that I can customize these melts with what oil I need at that moment because you don't add the oil until your ready to use them. If I need to wake up? I can pick invigorating essential oils. If its almost time for bed? I can choose sedating essential oils. If I'm feeling under the weather? I can grab my immune boosting essential oils.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup water
- Silicone Cupcake Liners
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the baking soda and water together into a paste.
2. Pour mixture into 6-8 silicone cupcake liners (about 1/3 full).
3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10–15 minutes.
4. Allow to cool completely. Once cool, remove from liners and place in container or baggie near shower.
To use, simply add 3-6 drops onto one shower melt right before you get into the shower. Place melt on the floor of the shower (best in corner out of direct water flow). Let the steam and water drops diffuse the oils as you shower. Enjoy! Makes 6-8 melts. See our picture tutorial below.
Why I don't add essential oils into the recipe? Heating them in the oven will cause the essential oils to evaporate. This is why I add them right before placing in the shower, so the aroma is fresh!
Here are the silicone cupcake liners I have and the ones pictured. They are also great for lotion bars, melt and pour soaps and for baking of course. So you will definitely get use from them. If you do not have a set yet, I highly recommend them.
What is a therapeutic grade essential oil?
Therapeutic grade is simply a marketing term that any company can claim. No government agency or organization “grades” or “certifies” essential oils in the United States.