An Aromatherapy in Showers with DIY Shower Steamers
Taking a bath in your bathtub is a luxurious self-care ritual. Not everyone can afford to do that regularly due to time constraints in our lives. Water accessibility comes into the equation, especially when you live in a state like California. Over here, water is always a high-valued commodity due to lack of rain, so in short, it’s not a practical thing to do for many people.
When I lived in New York City during my 20s’, I never realized the value of water and time. Now in my 30s, living here in the bay area, I understand that taking luxurious baths in bathtub is once a month of ritual, not once in a week (I am talking about when we do not have drought year). So, I thought, why not have this same excellent experience while I am taking daily showers. And I found wonder bath frizz – Shower Steamers.
Shower steamers are bath bombs of showers. Just make a batch of shower steamers, and turn daily showers into an aromatherapy spa. I started making these fantastic DIY recipes, and I loved it so much. The best thing is that all the ingredients in this recipe are in your kitchen pantry and entirely customizable.
These shower bombs, aka shower steamers, are not only famous for your aromatherapy sessions. But it will be your rescue product if you have a headache, sinus or allergy. I adore this DIY as it’s easy to make and approachable.
So, what’s go inside the shower steamers.
The shower steamers consist with the delicious smell of essential oils, baking soda, and citric acid. If you like uplifted showers everyday morning, then give shower steamers a chance. Generally, I make shower steamers in different scents for different moods. I also add botanical powders, dry flowers, and some natural colors to add more therapeutic qualities.
So here is my take on scents, I like to add chamomile when I feel anxious and looking for a calming feeling. When I want some extra moisturizing and energizing feeling, I add calendula and sweet orange essential oil. For a luxurious feel, I use lavender and rose essential oils.
So, here are my favorite essential oils blends
• 10 drops of lavender
• 5 drops Rose absolute
• 10 drops of Ylang-Ylang
• 15 drops of lavender
• 15 drops German chamomile
• 10 drops Sweet orange essential oil
• 10 drops of Lime essential oil
• 5 drops of Vetiver
• 5 drops of Blue Tansy Oil
Blend this while you have a stuffy nose
• 15 drops Tea tree essential oil
• 5 drops of Rosemary essential oil
• 5 drops of Peppermint essential oil
When these blends mix with the steam from hot showers, these oil blends will make you feel grounded, luxurious, and relaxed. These are a few blends, but you can mix and match anything. In this way, you can be a little creative and adventurous.
How to use Shower Steamers?
As I said earlier, shower steamers are bath bombs of showers. When it gets wet, they create frizz. This frizz will release the scent of oil blends and create a relaxing aroma in the bathroom. It’s more like a steam room in your bathroom. If you have a stuffy nose, give a try, and use shower steamers.
When you start the shower water, wet your shower steamers first. Once the water starts running, throw the steamer tablet on your floor. Make sure you place the shower steamer tablet in the corner of your shower, where water splashes it periodically. If you put shower steamer directly, it will dissolve very quickly.
While you take showers, make sure you breathe deeply to have an advantage of aroma.
The good thing about this recipe is you can also use this recipe as a bath bomb. So, if you plan to take a bath in your bathtub, you can use steamer tablets instead of bath bombs.
DIY Shower Steamers
• Mixing Bowl
• Soap molds or Ice Tray
Things you need:
4 Cups Baking Soda
2 Cups Citric Acid
1 Cup Corn Starch
30 Drops of any essential oil blends
Witch Hazel as needed
(Always keep the ratio of baking soda: citric acid: corn starch 2:1:0.5)
Mix baking soda, citric acid and corn starch in the bowl. Make sure you remove all the lumps. If you are planning to add two or more essential oils, I recommend making a blend in a separate bowl and insert it into a baking soda mixture. Now, start spraying witch hazel and make sure it started creating fist on your hand.
Now put this semi-damped mixture into soap molds and press it hard. It will harden in 12 hours or so. I generally keep it 18 hours in the soap mold.
And voila, your bath steamers are ready to use.