How to use essential oils in the shower

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No time for a bath? Try using essential oils in the shower.
General by Charlynn Avery

We often hear of ways to use essential oils in the bathtub, but you can also reap the benefits of aromatherapy by using essential oils in the shower. Aromatherapist Charlynn Avery explains how below.

An easy way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy on a daily basis is to use essential oils in the shower. When most essential oil users think about bathroom uses for essential oils, they immediately think of the bathtub. But, for those who don’t have a bathtub or who are more prone to showers, essential oils can be just as useful and effective when used in the shower. It is easy to create an aromatherapy experience and an experience that is soothing to skin even without the bathtub.

  1. Capture or carry the essential oils in the shower. A wash cloth, cotton balls or cotton face pads make great “carriers” for essential oils in the shower.  
  2. Drop the essential oils onto the pad or cloth and place it on the shower floor. Make sure to place it in an area where the water can reach, but don’t let the water directly hit it or the oils can volatize too quickly. Add 10-12 drops for full effect.
  3. Choose the right oils for the desired benefit. You don’t want to use relaxing oils or stimulant oils before bedtime.
  4. Follow your shower with an application of a skin care oil to maximize the moisture benefits. Upon leaving the shower, apply an oil like grapeseed, sweet almond or apricot kernel to damp skin.

Suggested essential oils for the shower:

Relaxation – lavender, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, patchouli, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, and vetiver make great choices prior to bedtime.

Energizing – peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary are wonderful to get you going first thing in the morning.

Uplifting – sweet orange, spearmint, bergamot, lime, grapefruit, and clary sage can give you a boost of cheer when you need it most.

These are just a few suggestions for use in the shower. Try your favorite essential oils and create an aromatic and therapeutic shower experience that can easily rival any bath.

About the Author

Charlynn Avery

Charlynn Avery is an aromatherapist and educator for Aura Cacia and Frontier Natural Products Co-op. In her work, she travels around the U.S. teaching about safe and effective essential oil use and is passionate about those powerful oils. Her life’s mission is to empower each individual to be in charge of their own health and healing.  

Ms. Avery has spent her career practicing and teaching in the arena of holistic health and wellness as a licensed massage therapist and aromatherapist and currently holds additional certifications in holistic nutrition, Thai massage, life coaching and hypnotherapy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and received her additional education through both Carlson College of Massage Therapy and the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.  

Although she loves natural healing, she loves yoga and spending time in nature even more. An avid traveler both for work and pleasure, she can often be found getting her U.S. National Park passport stamped or reading a good book in an airport as she waits to make her next connection.

Comments

Essential oils in shower

I put peppermint in my shower , especially at night, oh an I am a guy! Not a tree hugger, just my friends recommend peppermint & Lemon but not anything else or your girlfriend might think your weird!

Geeks use essential oils too

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