If you want to recreate the spa experience at home then the best thing to do is to use essential oils in the shower. Essential oils are often used in spas because they can have a variety of beneficial effects on the body and mind by using aromatherapy.
When the oils are inhaled, the molecules enter the body through the olfactory system and can affect the brain and body in a number of ways.
For example, lavender oil is often used to promote relaxation and reduce stress, while eucalyptus oil can help to invigorate and energize.
In this article, we will cover several ways that you can add essential oils in the shower so you can enjoy a spa like experience at home.
Shower steamers or bombs
Shower bombs (also called shower melts) are small, compact balls or discs that are made from a mixture of baking soda, cornstarch, and essential oils. They are similar to bath bombs but the composition is different.
The shower melts are placed on the shower floor and as the hot water and steam are released, the shower bomb begins to dissolve and release the essential oils into the air in up into the nasal passages. Check out this article about how to use shower steamers!
The essential oils are inhaled as you shower and can have a variety of aromatherapy effects on the body and mind.
For example, if you use shower melts with peppermint essential oil, the steam and the aroma of the oil may help to invigorate and energize you. If you use a shower bomb with lavender essential oil, the steam and the aroma of the oil may help to relax and calm you.
In addition to releasing essential oils, shower melts can also help to create a spa-like atmosphere in your shower. The baking soda and cornstarch in the shower bomb can help to soften your skin and leave it feeling smooth and nourished.
To use shower steamers, simply place one on the floor of the shower and let the hot water and steam do the rest. The shower bomb will dissolve and release the best essential oils into the air as you shower.
Shower head diffuser
A showerhead essential oil diffuser works by releasing a fine mist of essential oils into the steam of your shower. The heat and humidity of the shower help to disperse the essential oils into the air, allowing you to inhale and absorb the beneficial properties of the oils through your skin and respiratory system.
Using essential oils in a shower head diffuser, you typically add essential oil to a small compartment within the diffuser. As the water flows through the shower head, it passes through the diffuser and mixes with the essential oils, creating the mist that is released into the shower.
Some shower head diffusers are designed to be easily removed and refilled, while others are more permanent and may require replacement when the essential oils run out.
The aromatherapy oil you use should depend on what you want to accomplish in the shower. Some are good for relaxation while others will give you an energy boost. Here are some ideas to go by when it comes to choosing the essential oil to use:
- Lavender oil: known for its calming and relaxing properties, lavender oil can help to promote sleep and reduce anxiety.
- Peppermint oil: has a refreshing and invigorating scent and can help to boost energy and alertness.
- Eucalyptus oil: has a refreshing, clean scent and is known for its decongestant and respiratory-supportive properties.
- Lemon oil: has a bright, uplifting scent and is known for its ability to support the immune system and promote a positive mood.
- Tea tree oil: has a woodsy, earthy scent and is known for its skin-beneficial properties, including its ability to help combat acne and other skin irritations.
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Create a DIY shower mist
Another way to use essential oils in the shower is by creating a DIY shower spray. When you spray them into the shower before stepping in, the essential oils diffuse into the steamy air and create the same sensation as being in a steam room with scented steam.
Simply add essential oils (such as tea tree or grapefruit) with a cup of water and Witch Hazel in a spray bottle. Shake well and mist the mixture into the shower or over your body while you’re in the shower.
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup Witch Hazel
- 20 drops of your favorite essential oil (e.g. peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender)
In a small spray bottle, combine the water and witch hazel.
Add the essential oils and shake well to combine.
To use, spritz the mist onto your skin or onto the shower walls before getting in.
You can also customize this recipe by using different essential oils or adding a few drops of a skin-loving oil such as jojoba or almond oil. Enjoy!
Add essential oils to your shower gel or body wash
If you prefer to use a gel, body scrub, or body wash, you can still add essential oils into your shower routine. Simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (such as lavender or chamomile) to your shower gel or body wash before using it.
The essential oils will mix with the steam and help to create a relaxing and aromatic shower experience.
When adding essential oils to body wash, a good rule of thumb is to use no more than a few drops of essential oil per ounce of body wash. You can also experiment with different blends of essential oils to create your own unique scent.
Nebulizing oil diffuser
Using an essential oil diffuser is a simple and effective way to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of oils in the shower. Here’s how to use one:
- Make sure to plug the diffuser into an outlet far from any water source to avoid electrocution.
- Fill the diffuser with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Add a few drops of your desired essential oil(s) to the water. The number of drops you use will depend on the size of the diffuser and the strength of the scent you prefer.
- Plug in the diffuser and turn it on. Some diffusers have multiple settings for different diffusion intervals and intensities.
- Sit back and enjoy the aromatic benefits of the essential oils as they are dispersed into the air.
It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific diffuser, as the steps may vary slightly depending on the model. You can also experiment with different essential oil blends to create your own unique scent combinations.
Using a tea diffuser with Epsom salt and oils in the shower is a great way to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of these ingredients while also relaxing and rejuvenating your body. Here’s how to use one:
- Fill the tea diffuser with Epsom salt. Epsom salt is a type of magnesium sulfate that can help to soothe sore muscles and promote relaxation.
- Add a few drops of your desired essential oil(s) to the salt. The number of drops you use will depend on the size of the diffuser and the strength of the scent you prefer.
- Tie the tea diffuser to the showerhead or hang it from a hook in the shower.
- Turn on the shower and let the hot water flow through the diffuser, releasing the salt and essential oils into the steam.
- Inhale the aromatic vapors and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of salt and essential oils.
Can you use essential oils directly on the skin in the shower?
It is generally not recommended to use essential oils undiluted on the skin as they can cause irritation or allergic reactions in some people. It is best to dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil (such as jojoba or coconut oil) or in a product like a body wash or sugar scrub before using them on the skin.
It is also important to follow the recommended dosage and use instructions for each essential oil, as using too much can have negative effects. It is also recommended to do a patch test before using any essential oils in the shower to see how your skin reacts.
Creating a spa experience at home can be a great way to relax, unwind, and pamper yourself. A spa experience can help to reduce stress, improve your mood, and promote overall well-being. It can also be a fun and indulgent way to treat yourself and indulge in some self-care.
Using essential oils in the shower is a great way to achieve this and there are plenty of options. Find the one that works best for you and let us know in the comment box below which one you tried!
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