Turn Your Shower Into An Aromatherapy Spa
Ok. If you’re anything like me, you don’t have time to soak in the bathtub. Mom, the fur babies, and our home keep me pretty busy most days. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate (or need!) an aromatherapy spa experience. There are all sorts of shower bursts out there, all claiming to turn your shower into a spa with these little pucks that activate with the steam, releasing essential oils. Sounds great, right? Not so fast.
I’m pretty picky about my essential oils. I want my oils to be 100% pure, therapeutic grade, and sourced from farms I can trust. I don’t buy my oils at the store, and I would never buy any oil that has a warning label! That warning label means there’s something in that little bottle that ain’t essential oil!
And if you’ve read any of my other posts, I’m actively working toward making my whole home as green, chemical-free, and toxin-free as possible. I’m not going to buy some shower burst that may contain ingredients I don’t want to be breathing. And I don’t want to pay $3 to $5 per shower!
Just DIY It!
So I decided to try making my own shower bursts. And they came out great! I know exactly what is in them, because I put it there. They turn my daily shower into an experience. And they cost me about $0.40 each. I can find a quarter, a nickel, and a dime in my sofa. And all the ingredients were already in my cupboard.
What You’ll Need
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup water, plus 2 tbsp water
- small bowl
- Muffin pan (I used silicone Madeleine cookie trays)
- Muffin liners (if you are not using silicone)
- Essential oils* (I use Young Living and here’s why.)
Mix the baking soda, corn starch, salt, and add water gradually to make a thick paste. Portion the paste into your pan. (I get about 11 with my Madeleine tray, but your yield will depend on your tray.) You can bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes (or until dry), or let them sit overnight to dry. Once completely dry, drop 3 to 5 drops of oil onto each puck. Store in a glass or stainless steel jar** away from sunlight.
To use, just place your shower burst in the soap dish or on the side of your shower. You don’t want the shower burst to get wet. You want it activated by the steam. Enjoy!
*Different essential oils and blends will give you different experiences.
- Eucalyptus and peppermint are great for sniffles.
- Thieves essential oil blend is ideal for warding off that bug that is going around.
- Lavender is soothing in the evening, but also uplifting in the morning.
- I made wintergreen shower bursts for Mom’s aches and pains.
- My personal favorite is 2 drops each of peppermint, eucalyptus globula, lemon, and tea tree. (See my My Five Essential Essentials)
- Rosemary has long been known for concentration. Pop one in your shower the morning of the big test or presentation. Go easy though, only 1 or 2 drops. It’s powerful.
- Peace & Calming blend – really? It’s right there in the name!
The possibilities really are endless. Experiment. Have fun.
**Store different “flavors” separately or they will all take on all the oils!
Send me an email if you’d like more information on the essential oils I use, and I’ll send you a free sample of 100% pure, therapeutic grade oil so you can make your own showers bursts!