Fill your shower with the aroma and therapeutic powers of essential oils with these DIY aromatherapy shower steamers to help open up your sinuses and boost your energy.
These DIY Aromatherapy Shower Steamers are so easy to make!
These steamers are so easy to make and use ingredients you can buy on Amazon or in any grocery store very easily. The idea is that the splashing water from the shower and the steam will cause the steamers to bubble and dissolve and the therapeutic essential oils will be released into the air so you can breathe them in.
Rose or other Flower Petals
Adding flower petals to your recipe are totally optional, but do add a touch of elegance, luxury and extra scent. I suggest dried lavender, rose, mint, or eucalyptus petals. I love the rose petals the best because they soften and add such beauty in the bathtub. And the rose aroma really comes out!
Which essential oils to use?
I only use essential oils from Young Living. I have found them to be truly the best in the world! You have to use double the amount of other, cheaper essential oils to get the same scent and many essential oils on the market aren't even effective (because I've tried many of them) for improving health issues. I've used Young Living's oils for years to help keep my family healthy, and haven't been disappointed yet! Learn more about them here.
There are many different essential oils you could use for different purposes. Here are some of my suggestions:
- Energy – to wake up in the morning – lemon, eucalyptus, wintergreen, spearmint, peppermint, grapefruit, Citrus Fresh
- Calm & Relax – Stress Away, lavender, frankincense, Dream Catcher, Northern Lights Black Spruce
- Breathe Easier – any of the eucalyptus oils, RC, Raven, Thieves, peppermint, wintergreen
- Romance – Rose, Joy, Sensation, Jasmine, lavender
- Manly scents – Idaho Blue Spruce, Pine, Northern Lights Black Spruce,
DIY Aromatherapy Shower Steamers
An easy, natural DIY aromatherapy shower steamers recipe to open up your sinuses and invigorate your mind during your shower!
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 cup citric acid
- 30 drops total of whatever essential oil combo you choose (check out the above suggestions). It's totally okay to mix up essential oils! In my recipe, I used 15 drops Eucalyptus and 15 drops Wintergreen.
- Extras – rose petals, lavender petals, dried eucalyptus, mint leaves
- Rose Silicone Molds – or any mold in any design you choose!
- Add the 2 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of citric acid to a bowl
- Crumble up the dried rose petals into small pieces with your fingers
- Remove the flower stems – they are too large to be in the steamers and aren't all that pretty
- Makes 9 shower bombs using the rose molds.
- Use gloves as you make them if you have sensitive skin or cuts on your hands as the baking soda could really sting and burn.
- You can bake them to make them dry faster, but take out the essential oils as the fragrance and therapeutic properties will be destroyed with the high heat. Instead, apply 5-10 drops to each shower fizzy once they are dried and cool.
- You can also add the essential oils afterwards, once the steamers have dried. Just 6-10 drops to the top or bottom once it's dried. This creates a stronger scent!
Shower Steamers Photo Tutorial
- 1 – Add the 2 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of citric acid to a bowl
- 2 – Crumble up the dried rose petals into small pieces with your fingers
- 3-4 – Remove the flower stems – they are too large to be in the steamers and aren't all that pretty
- 5 – Slowly add the water, 1/2 a tablespoon at a time and mix as you add it so it doesn't bubble up too much
- If you add too much water, just add more baking soda
- Add the essential oils – these don't make the mixture bubble up, so you can add them in quickly and without mixing until the end
- Press the shower mixture into the molds, packing in fairly tightly.
- If it bubbles up and over, there is too much water in the mixture. You can put back in the bowl and add a few more tablespoons of baking soda, or just keep pressing it down as it bubbles and it will stop eventually!
How to Use
- Keep away from the actual shower steam to let it fizz longer.
- You can put them in the bathtub but the baking soda make irritate sensitive or broken skin. It does provide detoxing benefits, though, if your skin can handle it!