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.