Using Essential Oils in the Shower

essential oils for the shower (easy)I remember the first time I tried to use essential oils in the shower. I lived in a tiny apartment with no bath tub and a low-pressure shower that didn’t drain very well. I wanted to spruce up my somewhat sad showering experience, so I googled “how to use essential oils in the shower”. Most of the articles I found gave recipes for shower bombs and melts that involved ingredients I didn’t have (not to mention a kitchen bigger than a closet) and took a lot of preparation. Having just gotten back from yoga, I was tired and sweaty and didn’t want to have to go through a whole recipe, so I shut my laptop, grabbed a few of my favorite oils, and just tossed a few drops onto the floor of the shower. That worked fine for about 2 minutes — until all the oils ran down the drain. Since then, I’ve tried out a few other methods, and I think I’ve finally perfected a method for using essential oils in the shower (the easy way). Here it goes:

How to Use Essential Oils in the Shower (Easily):

  1. Choose which essential oils you’d like to use. You can use single oils or blends, but try to pick oils that have qualities that you’d like to cultivate. Maybe you need to wake up, maybe you’re looking for a relaxing shower to wind down, or maybe you just want your shower to smell really nice. Essential oils can be used to achieve any of these goals! So do some thinking. If you need some help coming up with ideas, I’ve included some of my favorite shower blends below.
  2. Fill a pipette with your chosen oils and use it to place drops of essential oil on the walls of your shower. If you don’t have a pipette, you can also just flick them from the bottle, or use a q-tip or cloth. Some people put essential oils on the floor of their shower, but I find that the water causes them to run down the drain and the effects don’t last long. If you place oils on the walls of your shower, the water won’t wash it away so quickly.
  3. After applying oil to the walls of your shower, place a few drops (about 5) on a washcloth to bring into the shower with you. You can hold it near your face while you’re showering for a more intense aroma. I especially like to do this when I’m using the sinus congestion blend so I can inhale as much of those steamy oil benefits as possible.
  4. When you’re done showering, rinse the walls of any remaining oil.

Even Easier Ways to Use Essential Oils in the Shower:

essential oil shower bombsIf you don’t want to flick essential oils on the walls of your shower and you’re looking for an even quicker aromatherapy shower experience, try just putting your essential oils of choice in a diffuser in your bathroom and let it run for a few minutes before you hop in the shower. The oils in the air will mix with the steam and create a warm, spa-like environment. And if your heart is set on bath fizzies but you don’t want to go through the hassle of making them yourself (we can’t all be crafty), you can always buy some.

My Favorite Essential Oil Blends for the Shower:

For Sinus Congestion:

  • 5 drops Eucalyptus
  • 5 drops Ravensara
  • 5 drops spike lavender
  • 5 drops peppermint

For Relaxation:

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 5 drops vetiver
  • 3 drops sweet orange

For Energy:

  • 6 drops bergamot
  • 6 drops lavender
  • 5 drops basil
  • 10 drops a citrus oil like grapefruit or tangerine

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  • This is so fun! I’m going to try a version of the energy blend for my morning shower. I don’t have basil but I’ll try rosemary, lavender and orange. I also wonder about putting some oils on a sponge and laying that on the floor of the shower? Thanks for the ideas–I’m all for easy.

    • I think the sponge idea is great! Maybe instead of putting it on the floor of the shower, though, put it up higher so the oils don’t run down the drain too quickly!

  • Here’s my method for using essential oils in the shower ::

    Turn off the shower after washing your hair + skin.
    Begin application of oils to wet skin. Please note :: If you have never done this before, start with just a couple (2) drops behind each knee and then work the oil upward. Only when you are 100% confident that an oil is well tolerated (and does not cause any signs/symptoms of sensitivity), increase to the usage amount given below.
    Let’s start with the feet!
    Apply 1 drop to each the top + soles.
    Continue upward on the shin and calf by putting 1 drop just outside the shin just below the knee.

    Then 1 drop each over the lymph nodes — both left + right — in the groin area.

    Then 1-2 drops are put over the solar plexus, over the liver, and 2-5 drops over the abdomen and chest. Please
    note :: When I use an oil associated with women’s health + my moon time — i.e. clary sage — I like to take time to focus on the application over the uterus and ovaries.

    Apply 1-2 drops over the lymph nodes under the arms and 1-2 drops on the throat area.

    If you like the way the oil feels on your skin, you can make a quick sweep over your face. *Don’t apply another drop, simply use the oil already on your hands.
    Breathe deeply.

    Turn the shower back on and give the body a quick rinse.

    Take caution when exiting the shower, gently towel skin by patting dry.
    Thanks 🙂

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