Aromatherapy Shower Steamers - DIY

Aromatherapy Shower Steamers - DIY

What are aromatherapy shower steamers?

How and when to use them?

How to make shower steamers?

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We've had a lot of interest in our aromatherapy shower steamers since we launched our limited edition range in January 2022. Just Breathe Shower Steamers were created to help anyone with congested airways to ease breathing.

aromatherapy shower steamer from Elan Skincare, hands holding heart shaped shower steamer

NHS advice for those suffering from a sinus infection is to clean their nose with a saltwater solution to ease congestion (1).

It is also thought that steam inhalation can be particularly helpful when (2):

  • Your voice feels tired, sore, or hoarse
  • Your throat feels dry
  • You have an irritating persistent cough or thick mucus

When used in a steamy shower, our Just Breathe Aromatherapy Shower Steamers helped to relieve nasal congestion, but also could be used to revive your energy. The shower steamers used our bespoke Just Breathe Aromatherapy Blend, a combination of menthol crystals with pure essential oils like myrrh and peppermint.

So what are aromatherapy shower steamers?

They are a simple and fun way to give yourself the spa experience at home, a great way to start your day and to relax and unwind, after a long one. Shower steamers are used to add a scent to your shower. The benefits of using aromatherapy shower steamers include:

  • Relaxation - adding essential oils into the water can help you relax after a long day
  • Sleep aid - the relaxing properties of certain essential oils e.g. lavender make them effective sleep aids for people suffering from insomnia or anxiety disorders
  • Can improve your mood and boost your mental wellbeing
  • Can be used to relieve cold symptoms to do with congestion

The shower steamers are similar in their form and texture to the bath bombs. They both use baking soda and citric acid that in contact with water create the fizzing action. What differentiates them is that bath bombs will often use oils to moisturise skin when you are having a bath. They will use a lot of different colours to make your bath colourful, too. Whereas the aromatherapy shower steamers use a lot of essential oils that are key to the aromatherapy experience. There is no benefit in adding salts or flower petals to shower steamers as they will all end up in the shower drain. Finally, the shower steamers will typically be smaller in size.

Bath bombs and shower steamers hearts

How and when to use shower steamers?

The way to use the shower steamer is first to run hot water to create steam. Then you place the shower steamer on the floor of your shower tray and ensure it is not in the direct flow of the water. The steam in the air and water from the shower will activate the shower steamer releasing a burst of scent.

You can use them morning and/or evening when you feel low and are in need of an energy kick. You can use them when you want to relax and prepare for bed. Finally, you can use them when you have a blocked nose, feel congested, and are under the weather.

How to make shower steamers?

They are super easy to make. You can make them in small or large batches and keep them on hand whenever you want or are in need of aromatherapy!

You can customize this recipe any way you want. You can add a bit of food colouring if you want a bit of colour. You can experiment with the amount of essential oils you want to use. If you'd like your aroma to be less strong, just use half of the amount, if you want it stronger add a bit more.

Energy-boosting/decongestant shower steamers recipe

Just Breathe Shower Steamers were created to help anyone with congested and blocked nasal passages, and they can also be used to help clear up congestion caused by colds, flu, allergies and sinusitis. The steam from the shower will activate essential oils chosen to help your nose clear up and get back to normal. If you're feeling tired, or a bit down in the dumps, a shower with our Just Breathe Shower Steamer will help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day!


Uplifting/relaxing shower steamers

Just Sleep Aromatherapy Blend is a unique blend created to calm and soothe the mind. These shower steamers will help you unwind after a long day and clear your head before bed. A powerful combination of bergamot, frankincense, and lavender, to name just a few essential oils used in the blend, will deliver an uplifting burst of citrusy aroma while still being calming on the mind, will lift your mood, help you sleep better, and relax.


Shower steamers recipe - detailed instructions

    1. Measure baking soda, citric acid, and corn starch (alternatively you can use tapioca starch) into a bowl and mix them together.
    2. Add essential oils blends (colouring is optional).
    3. Mix well by either using a whisk or by hand.
    4. Spray water onto the mixture, so the final mixture resembles damp sand. (The amount of water sprayed depends on how humid is the environment.)
    5. Take your moulds and pack them tightly with the mixture.
    6. Let the shower steamers dry overnight. (Make sure they are not exposed to moisture that can activate the shower steamers.)
    7. Once fully dried, shower steamers are ready to use. Transfer them to an airtight container and keep them closed. (They look fabulous in the glass jars and can make a wonderful gift)aromatherapy shower steamers gift set


    That’s it! If you have any questions about the shower steamer recipe, please feel free to leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you and if you post a picture of your finished shower steamers on Instagram, be sure to tag us @elanskincarelondon so we can see it!

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