Easy Ways On How To Use Essential Oils In The Shower

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Last Updated on June 1, 2022

The best way to make the most of your time in the shower is by incorporating essential oils into your routine. That said, here are some ways on how to use essential oils in the shower.

In today’s fast-paced world, the only time you might have for yourself every day is when you’re showering. This is the time when you can practice mindfulness, take some deep breaths, and escape the stress from a hectic day. If you’re lucky enough, you might even be able to give yourself an aromatherapy experience while you’re in there. 

Shower Aromatherapy: How To Use Essential Oils In The Shower

Personal Oil Application

Turn on the shower as usual, and once you’ve washed both your hair and skin, turn it back off.

Slowly massage some of the oil onto parts of your body. Start with a couple of drops behind both knees working your way upward. Make sure you’re not adversely reacting to it.

Once you’re sure you’re not reacting to it negatively, you can continue applying it slowly all across the body. Pay close attention to your throat, underarms, and feet. Meanwhile, when it comes to the sensitive parts of your body such as the face, only apply trace amounts. 

Before you rinse off, breathe in deeply for a few minutes.

Washcloth Infusion

Take the essential oil of your choice and apply around five to twenty drops of it into a cotton ball, washcloth, or any other “carrier material” that can be easily brought into the shower.

Place the washcloth onto the floor of your shower where it can be gently grazed by the falling water without it being hit directly. This will help prevent the essential oil from evaporating too quickly.

Build up steam by turning the shower on as hot as possible. Once there’s a sufficient amount of steam, you can reduce the heat to your preferred temperature and proceed to enjoy the shower.

Shower Wall Infusion

Lightly spray the inside of the shower using a spray bottle with cold water. Make sure you spray the shower curtain plus all the walls.

Once you’re done spraying the curtain and walls, lightly flick a bit essential oil to the walls. Build up steam by turning on the shower to it’s at its hottest temperature before you get in to start showering. 

Shower Wall Infusion - Essential Oil

Shower Bombs

One of the most popular ways people use essential oils during their shower time is by making a shower bomb. This is something that’ll help release the oil’s amazing scent slowly as the shower water hits it.

To make one, mix twenty drops of the essential oil of your choice with 1 cup of baking soda and 1/3 cup of distilled water. Or you can buy already made shower bombs on line.

Exfoliating Scrubs

Another very common technique is by using exfoliating scrubs. You can make one by mixing fifteen drops of the oil of your choice with ½ a cup of coconut oil and ½ a cup of organic sugar. This will help give you that aromatherapy experience while in the shower.

Tips and Tricks On How to Best Infuse the Oil into Your Shower

If you want to make sure you can get the most out of an essential oil-infused shower, you have to keep in mind that the right preparations are key to making it all happen successfully. Take your time when setting the right tone so that you can enjoy maximum benefits. Here are a few tips to help you:

  • Carefully scrutinize the properties found in various oils before you pick one for your shower. Most of them are often highly concentrated. It’s very important you know how each of the oils will impact your system. 
  • Carefully read all the instructions in the package. Also, 20 drops should always be the maximum amount you apply onto a cotton ball, shower wall, or washcloth. Applying more than that might prove to be overwhelming.
  • While in the shower, rub both your arms and legs in a circular motion using a washcloth. This will boost lymph movement and circulation.

Tips and Tricks On How to Best Infuse the Oil into Your Shower

DIY Shower Disks

Another great way of enhancing an essential oil-infused shower experience is by using shower disks. To make things better, there are some you can make on your own. These tiny fizzy disks should be placed on the floor when you’re taking a shower. They make a fantastic gift for those who are crazy about essential oils.

There are numerous resources online that can show you how you can make your very own shower disks that you can personalize with any blend of essential oil you have in mind. All you usually need to complete them is arrowroot powder, baking soda, and the oil you’ve chosen to use. 

Top Essential Oils 

Here are some recommendations for essential oils you want to use in your shower. You can also use these essentials oils on diffusers.

  • Lavender – for calming and soothing purposes, the lavender essential oil can help relieve pain, alleviate nervous tension, and improve circulation of blood. 
  • Chamomile – another calming essential oil that’s known to help reduce anger and treat depression.
  • Spearmint – milder than most other mint varieties, this oil can help with alertness and help refresh brain activity.
  • Rosemary – this ever-popular option has a potent aroma that can help enhance learning retention by improving mental clarity


Hopefully, you no longer have to miss out on some aromatherapy just because you thought you needed a bathtub to have one. You can do it while in the shower and achieve more or less the same results. Each of the ways that have been highlighted in this article is sure to get the job done. However, always remember that not all the oils you find are safe for direct skin contact

First, do a bit of research and find out whether you’ll need to consider diluting them in “carrier oils“ such as jojoba, almond, or coconut oil. Other than that, you should be good to go. 

Now that you have learned how to use essential oils in the shower, please don’t forget to share this information with your friends. As always, thanks for reading!

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