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DIY aromatherapy shower drops

DIY aromatherapy shower drops.

Are you also one of those people (like me) who cannot work out meditation but longs for something calming and relaxing to incorporate into their morning routine? Well, these DIY aromatherapy shower drops might be just the thing for you!

Welcome to another (long overdue) DIY natural cosmetics post!

DIY aromatherapy shower drops.

What exactly are aromatherapy shower drops?

Great question. Aromatherapy shower drops is a mixture of an essential oil blend with a carrier oil (I use Melrose sweet almond oil) which you use in your shower to easily transform your morning shower into a luxurious spa-at-home experience. Once you mix them up, you can store the mixture in your shower – ready to be used each morning.

I simply turn my shower on and let the hot water run for a minute or two before I step in. Then I squirt a few drops on either side of me (that way the drops don’t get washed down by the stream of water coming out of my shower) and wait for the steam to activate the essential oils.

Then I stand there, focused on my breath, deeply inhaling. It only takes a few deep breaths in and I instantly feel more relaxed, calmer and more focussed. This makes for such a wonderful start to my day.

And let me tell you, doing this is so much easier than meditating (which I have tried and failed at – if anyone has any tips, let me know in the comments!) and perhaps even quicker – it only takes a few minutes of your time, while you’re in the shower, to bring a little bit of luxury to your mornings. It’s so easy, anyone can do it.

It’s totally manageable on the mornings when you have to go to the office or homeschool the kids – not just a weekend treat. It’s all about self-care but also achieving it on the understanding that none of us have all the time in the world.

Which essential oils do you use for this essential oil blend?

I love using ECO.Modern Essentials oils and Woolzies (a lovely brand which also makes my favourite wool dryer balls – but that’s a story for another post) but feel free to use whatever brand of essential oils you are happy with.

My essential oil blend is a mixture of the following essential oils:

  • geranium – geranium oil is extracted from the geranium plant and has a beautiful floral scent. Inhaling geranium oil’s sweet aroma can support emotions by creating a calming and grounding effect and can also help lessen feelings of stress and calm nerves. 
  • peppermint – the refreshing and invigorating aroma of peppermint essential oil is uplifting and therapeutic for the mind and body. Peppermint helps clear the mind, promote mental and emotional clarity, and refresh us from fatigue and apathy. A perfect pick me up in the morning.
  • sandalwood – sandalwood gives this essential oil blend a warm, sweet and woody aroma. In traditional medicine, sandalwood oil has been used as an antiseptic and astringent, and for the treatment of headache and stomachache.
  • grapefruit – grapefruit essential oil is a citrus-scented oil which has distinct properties that may offer a variety of health benefits including reduced blood pressure and stress levels. You could substitute sweet orange oil here if you don’t have grapefruit essential oil. Either, when combined with peppermint essential oil, will give you a great little jump start in the morning – the combination is often used to enhance mental clarity.
  • neroli – also known as orange blossom oil, neroli oil is extracted from the flowers of bitter orange trees and has a rich, floral scent with citrusy overtones. There is some evidence that it may benefit depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, seizures and menopausal symptoms.
  • jasmine – one of my favourites, jasmine oil has a sweet, romantic fragrance and has been used in some of the world’s best-known perfumes, including Chanel. It is one of the main scents in this blend, in addition to ylang ylang.
  • ylang ylang – another favourite of mine. Ylang ylang essential oil has a heady, fruity and flowery scent which is often used as a top, medium or base note in perfumes, including Chanel No 5. There is evidence that ylang ylang reduces anxiety and boosts self-esteem when it is either applied to skin or inhaled. Ylang ylang is also used as an inhalant to treat asthma.
  • bergamot – bergamot oil has a soothing, citrusy scent which is often used in perfumes, cologne, toiletries, and cosmetics. Interestingly, if you’re a fan of Earl Grey tea, you’re already enjoying the distinctive taste of bergamot, which is used to flavor it. There are studies which show that inhaling bergamot oil mixed with water vapor reduces feelings of anxiety and fatigue, and improves other mood disorders by signaling the brain to release dopamine and serotonin.

Sources: Doterra, Eco Modern Essentials and Healthline

Yes, there are quite a few essential oils in this blend. But if you don’t have all of them, feel free to start with peppermint and grapefruit or sweet orange oil (and a carrier oil), to see if you enjoy the experience. That said, the blend of the essential oils set out above is, to me, just gorgeous. It has floral notes, citrusy notes and a light pop of the peppermint coming through, which is so wonderful to breathe in first thing in the morning. You might even skip your morning coffee after this!

DIY aromatherapy shower drops.

How do you store these shower drops?

I simply store them on a shelf in my shower. For the purposes of the photos, I have mixed up triple the amount set out in the recipe below. I usually only mix up once or twice the amount, and it lasts about 1 to 2 weeks. The mixture is stable and doesn’t need any special care, except I would advise not to leave the mixture in direct sunlight.

Also – I would recommend storing your aromatherapy shower drops in a glass container, to make sure there is no leaching of the plastic into the oils (though if we’re talking about short term storage, there is not that much of a risk). Diluted oils can be stored in plastic containers, but aim for high quality plastics if you can’t get glass or you’re worried about having glass in your shower.

Packaging from your old natural cosmetics can work great – any small glass container which allows you to dispense a couple of drops onlyis great (you don’t need a dropper as such but if that’s all that you have, it will work).

Recipe

DIY aromatherapy shower drops.
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DYI aromatherapy shower drops

Author Katerina | Once a Foodie

Ingredients

  • 5 drops geranium essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 8 drops grapefruit essential oil (or substitute sweet orange oil)
  • 6 drops neroli essential oil
  • 15 drops jasmine essential oil
  • 15 drops ylang ylang essential oil
  • 10 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 10-15 ml carrier oil (I use sweet almond oil)

Instructions

  • Drop all the essential oils carefully into a small glass bottle.
  • Top with the carrier oil. Screw on the lid and shake until combined.
  • Done and ready to use!
  • (Please read the full post in relation to recommended use and storage.)

Notes

  • All essential oils are concentrated and must be handled with care. Not knowing your health history and disposition, I would advise it is best not to apply this blend to your skin. I think it goes without saying, but please do not ingest these shower drops. Dispense them on the shower floor, as suggested, and inhale the steam. Perhaps start with only a couple of drops on each side and see how you go. You can always add an extra drop or two.
  • As this essential oil blend is combined with a carrier oil, the whole mixture may be slippery, especially if you manage to dispense more than a few drops). That’s partly why I advise to dispense the shower drops on either side of you in the shower – but also be careful subsequently moving around in the shower and hopping out (I never had an issue but you never know, right?).
  • Also, dispense only a few drops at a time, as the peppermint in particular is strong. 
  • If you’re using a glass container, handle it with care.
  • Also, watch that water temp! As we have young kids, our hot water is not scalding. Yours may be different though, so exercise common sense and do not step under the hot water unless you are sure you won’t scald your skin. Be careful all!
  • For the purposes of the photo in this post, I have mixed up triple the amount set out in the recipe above. I usually only mix up once or twice the amount, and it lasts about 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Finally, this recipe is to be used by adults only. If you’re pregnant, please do your research as to whether these oils are suitable for you.
 
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A few notes of caution

All essential oils are concentrated and must be handled with care. Not knowing your health history and disposition, I would advise it is best not to apply this to your skin. I think it goes without saying, but please do not ingest these shower drops. Dispense them on the shower floor, as suggested, and inhale the steam. Perhaps start with only a couple of drops on each side and see how you go. You can always add an extra drop or two.

As this essential oil blend is combined with a carrier oil, the whole mixture may be slippery, especially if you manage to dispense more than a few drops). That’s partly why I advise to dispense the shower drops on either side of you in the shower – but also be careful subsequently moving around in the shower and hopping out (I never had an issue but you never know, right?).

Also, dispense only a few drops at a time, as the peppermint in particular is strong.

If you’re using a glass container, handle it with care.

Also, watch that water temp! As we have young kids, our hot water is not scalding. Yours may be different though, so exercise common sense and do not step under the hot water unless you are sure you won’t scald your skin. Be careful all!

Finally, this recipe is to be used by adults only. If you’re pregnant, please do your research as to whether these oils are suitable for you.

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