Looking for an easy way to make DIY aromatherapy shower steamers? Well, you just found it. This is one of the easiest shower steamers recipes you will ever make. This shower steamer recipe will liven your senses, open up a stuffy nose, and create a shower atmosphere that you want to luxuriate in all day long.
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Having aromatherapy shower steamers on hand at all times has become a must in my household. Shower steamers are a great way to create an aromatherapy experience in your own shower.
They are also great for opening up a stuffy nose when you place them in a steamy shower, especially if they contain MENTHOL CRYSTALS, peppermint, or eucalyptus.
Shower steamers also known as shower melts, shower fizzers, shower bombs, and shower tables can be customized so you can create the aromatherapy experience you love. But, I think you will love this menthol fresh aromatherapy shower steamer recipe just the way it is.
However, if you are feeling adventurous and creative feel free to create a customized scent using some of the Essential Oil Combinations below. Plus it only takes about 20 to 30 minutes to create and customize aromatherapy shower steamers, which is perfect if you are short on time.
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WHAT ARE SHOWER STEAMERS
If you have visited any bath and body section or the cold and flu section at your local pharmacy you probably have run into shower steamers. They are colorful round tablets that offer both aromatherapy and sinus relief.
Shower steamers can be made from a few ingredients including CITRIC ACID, Baking Soda, CLAYS, CARRIER OILS, and ESSENTIAL OILS. There are certainly other ingredients you can use, like the ones here used in a different shower steamer recipe.
Most ingredients used to make shower steamers are pretty easy to find and readily available, which also makes making shower steamers a plus!
HOW TO MAKE SHOWER STEAMERS
You will need just a few ingredients
SHOWER STEAMER INGREDIENTS
MAIN INGREDIENTS FOR AROMATHERAPY SHOWER STEAMER RECIPE
Baking soda also know as sodium bicarbonate has multiple uses. It can be used for cooking, cleaning and of course for making shower steamers. It’s a binder that helps to hold the shower steamer ingredients together.
When combined with other ingredients like citric acid, baking soda helps to create the fizzing action causing the essential oils to be released an thus aromatherapy.
Citric acid is a organic acid compound that can be found in fruits like lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruits. When combined with baking soda it helps to create the fizzy actions that the shower steamer produces when it comes in contact with water.
This bath bomb recipe is another DIY bath product where you can find citric acid being used.
Green clay is an absorbant and detoxifier. It’s used in shower steamers to prevent them from crumbling. It’s also used in this shower steamer recipe to give them their nice green color.
If you love the smell of peppermint you will probably love the way menthol crystals smell. Menthol crystal actually derived from the essential oil of the mint plants. These crystals offer a nose opening aromatherapy experience that is perfect if you are congested.
TOOLS NEEDED TO MAKE SHOWER STEAMERS
Tools you’ll need
SHOWER STEAMERS vs BATH BOMBS
Shower steamers and Bath Bombs are not the same and should not be used in the same way. A shower steamer is meant to be placed alone, in a corner of your shower to activate either from the steam of the shower or when it’s hit by misting water.
Some of the ingredients used to make shower steamers like Menthol are only meant to be inhaled and not placed directly on the skin.
Bath bombs on the other hand are meant to be placed in your bath water and depending on what ingredients are used to make them they can also offer moisturizing benefits for your skin.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AROMATHERAPY SHOWER STEAMERS?
Shower steamers can offer you several benefits. Here are just a few of the benefits you can look forward to.
ESSENTIAL OIL COMBINATIONS FOR AROMATHERAPY SHOWER STEAMERS
If you are a beginner and you want to start experimenting with essential oil scents to incorporate into your shower steamers or any other skincare DIY’s here are a few combinations below. Make sure to never use essential oils alone on the skin without first adding them to CARRIER OILS of your choice.
Fresh Invigorating Blend
- 4 Drops Lavender
- 3 Drops Eucalyptus
- 2 Drops Lemongrass
Calming & Soothing Blend
- 3 Drops Lavender
- 3 Drops Chamomile
- 3 Drops Bergamot
- 3 Drops Cedarwood
- 2 Drops Frankincense
- Press the shower steamer mixture firmly into the silicone mold the make sure it’s compact.
- If the shower steamer mixture starts to become dry, spray it a few times with 91% alcohol.
- Allow the shower steamers a full 24 hours to dry.
HOW TO MAKE THESE SHOWER STEAMERS
1. Gather all of your utensils and ingredients needed to make these shower steamers.
2. Measure and sift the baking soda and citric acid and combine in a mixing bowl.
3. Next, measure the green clay, combine it with the baking soda and citric acid, and stir all of the ingredients together until well combined.
4. Using a digital scale measure and then crush up the menthol crystals and place it into a heat safe container.
5. Now, measure the sunflower seed oil and combine it with the menthol crystal.
6. Place the heat safe container in a water bath to allow the menthol crystal to melt into the sunflower seed oil.
7. Measure out the polysorbate 80 and the essential oils and combine them together.
8. Once the menthol crystals and sunflower seed oil are melted combine it with the essential oils and polysorbate 80 and pour these wet ingredients into the dry ingredients (the baking soda and citric acid).
9. Now start mixing the ingredients with either your gloved hands or a whisk until thoroughly mixed.
10. Using botanical flowers is optional. Add them to the silicone mold.
11. Fill the silicone mold with the shower steamer mix.
HOW TO USE SHOWER STEAMERS
We finally got to the good part. So you wanna know how to use these shower steamers? Well, it’s very easy. Sit the shower steamer or shower fizzer (it’s actually gonna start fizzing) in the corner of your shower.
Turn on the warm water and you can either sprinkle the steamer with a little water to activate the steamer or you can wait until it gets misty and you will start to smell the aroma from the shower steamer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I use shower steamers in the bath? Shower steamers SHOULD NOT be used in the bath. They are meant to activate and release aromatherapy when showering. Shower steamers and Bath Bombs are not the same.
How long do shower steamers last in the shower? This will depend on the duration of your shower, the ingredients used to make the shower steamer, and of course how much water or steam the actual shower steamer is exposed to.
What essential oils are best to use in shower steamers? For a spa like experience choose essential oils that exude calmness and relaxation like lavender, sandalwood, and Chamomile. To help with sinus and cold congestion choose essential oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree.
What can I use instead of alcohol to keep the shower steamer damp? You can use witch hazel instead of alcohol if you choose.
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Easy Aromatherapy Shower Steamers for Congestion
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup Citric Acid
- 1/4 cup Green Clay
- 0.5 oz Menthol Crystals
- 40 drops Essential Oil
- Gather all of your utensils and ingredients needed to make these shower steamers.
- Measure and sift the baking soda and citric acid and combine in a mixing bowl.
- Next, measure the green clay, combine it with the baking soda and citric acid, and stir all of the ingredients together until well combined.
- Using a digital scale measure and then crush up the menthol crystals and place it into a heat safe container.
- Now, measure the sunflower seed oil and combine it with the menthol crystal.
- Place the heat safe container in a water bath to allow the menthol crystal to melt into the sunflower seed oil.
- Measure out the polysorbate 80 and the essential oils and combine them together.
- Once the menthol crystals and sunflower seed oil are melted combine it with the essential oils and polysorbate 80 and pour these wet ingredients into the dry ingredients (the baking soda and citric acid).
- Now start mixing the ingredients with either your gloved hands or a whisk until thoroughly mixed.
- Using botanical flowers is optional. Add them to the silicone mold.
- Fill the silicone mold with the shower steamer mix.
This post is about how to make aromatherapy shower steamers.
As you can see making your own aromatherapy shower steamers is pretty easy. They are great for just relaxing and creating a spa like atmosphere in your shower. But they also work great to open up a stuffy nose when you have a cold. Plus they make perfect gifts to give to friends and family, once you get the hang of making them.
This post is about aromatherapy shower steamers.