3 Best Ways to Use Essential Oils in the Shower

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When you walk into a spa, your brain immediately registers relaxation. Not only is the decor usually spare, integrating natural elements, but also there’s a scent. That spa scent. It transports us to, well, heaven. But why only get that spa feeling on rare occasions when you can bliss out in your home shower every single day?

By using aromatherapy in the shower, you can benefit from the healing properties of essential oils. Innovations like a showerhead with fragrance capsules, an aromatherapy diffuser, and shower steamers with essential oils make using aromatherapy in the shower easier than ever.

Here are three easy ways to enjoy aromatherapy in the shower. 


1. Aromatherapy Showerheads


There are a few aromatherapy showerheads on the market that can help you elevate your shower experience. These innovative showerheads allow you to infuse your shower with the scents and healing properties of essential oils. Here are two leaders in the arena:


Moen Aromatherapy Handshower


The Moen aromatherapy showerhead uses INLY technology. You put an aromatherapy cartridge into the handheld showerhead. Then you can enjoy a shower infused with your favorite essential oil. 


Calm or Energize Your Nervous System


You won’t feel any oily residue on your skin and it won’t leave any marks on your tub walls either. But it will calm or energize your nervous system, depending on what cartridge you use. 

The handheld showerhead has a setting dial that determines how quickly the oil in the cartridge is dispensed; depending on which setting you choose, the cartridge can last 3-10 minutes.



Shower Capsules


The shower capsules fit into the back of the showerhead and come in four types, each formulated in France by renowned perfumer, Jean-Charles Sommerard.


The Energetic Morning Shower Capsule  


This Shower Capsule blends essential oils of lemon and pine. While lemon essential oil is known to perk up the senses, pine is anti-inflammatory and soothing for the skin.


The Zen Time Shower Capsule


The Zen Time Shower Capsule blends essential oils of lavender, vanilla and tea tree oil. Numerous studies show the calming effects of lavender essential oil. And vanilla, too, has calming effects on the mind, while tea tree essential oil promotes healthy hair, skin and nails.


The Tropical Day Shower Capsule 


This Shower Capsule combines the sweet but citrusy scents of lemongrass, neroli, an (also called orange blossom oil), and vanilla essential oils. Lemongrass is anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal, and both neroli oil and vanily oil have stress-reduction effects and are frequently incorporated into cosmetics and lotions. 


The Sweet Morning Shower Capsule 


Find serenity with the gentle combination of geranium, red berries and vanilla. Research is being done in the ability of geranium essential oil to reduce anxiety. Along with its other healing properties like soothing skin irritations and acne, geranium essential oil has a broad range of exciting benefits. Red berry essential oil (also called juniper essential oil) shows promise in providing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. 

The showerhead comes in either brushed nickel or chrome finish, and it easily attaches to the dock with magnetic technology.


See the Moen Aromatherapy Handshower on Amazon.com.



Aroma Sense Prestige Handheld Showerhead


Want to hear about a win-win shower experience? Not only does this showerhead from Aroma Sense infuse your water with aromatherapy, but it’s patented technology will also increase the water pressure while decreasing the amount of water you use by 25%! 


Great for Hair and Skin


And there’s more! Along with essential oils this showerhead will infuse your water with Vitamin C to nourish hair and skin. This showerhead also filters chlorine from the water. If you have blonde hair, you might be desperate for this feature–especially if you’ve had the experience of your hair tinting green from the chlorine in unfiltered water!

The Vitamin C and essential oils are contained in a special cartridge that you insert into the showerhead. Each cartridge will last for about for 7-8 showers, depending on the length of your shower.

Cartridges come in scents like eucalyptus, lemon and lavender. 


Eucalyptus Cartridge


Eucalyptus essential oil has been used for more than 400 years to ease joint pain and as a decongestant. If you suffer allergies or have a cold, inhaling eucalyptus can clear you right up. 


Lemon Cartridge


Lemon essential oil is not only energizing but several studies show that it decreases stress and anxiety. So enjoy the lemon aromatherapy to perk you up in the morning. Maybe you won’t even need your coffee!


Lavender Cartridge


Finally, lavender essential oil has been studied extensively. Not only can lavender essential oil calm and soothe the mind, but also, it can ease the pain of menstrual cramps. (Read this post on how a bath with the right essential oils might help menstrual cramps.)

Other aromatherapy cartridges available for this showerhead include mango, jasmine and vanilla. The showerhead is made of steel with a chrome coating that comes in a silver and rose gold finish.


Check out the Aroma Sense Prestige Handheld Showerhead on Amazon.



2. Aromatherapy Shower Kit


Maybe you’re happy with your shower head but you still long for the benefits of aromatherapy. The idea of turning your bathroom into a spa is enticing, but you don’t want to spend too much money one it. 


Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit



Here’s a simple solution from Essio! This device snaps onto the pipe of your shower head in 30 seconds or less. Then you insert a pod full of therapeutic-grade natural essential oils. 

Turn “on” the pod when your shower starts, and the fragrant combination of essential oils will mingle with the stream of water from your shower to provide you with delightful healing powers.

Switch the pod to “off” when you’re done and you’ll conserve essential oil for your next shower. Each pod will give you about 8-10 showers worth of delightful and healing scents.

Each pod contains a combination of essential oils. There are three pods included with the starter kit.




Use this pod to relieve sinus congestion, alleviate muscle aches and pains, and to increase focus. It combines peppermint, eucalyptus and cedarwood essential oils.




Insert this pod when you want to lift your mood, improve your circulation and invoke a sense of desire. It combines essential oils of patchouli cinnamon, palmarosa, sweet orange, lavender and clove.




Stressed? This is the pod for you! Reduce your anxiety and your heart rate. Essential oils in this pod include patchouli, vetiver, bergamot, sweet orange and lavender.


Other pods are available separately. These include “Clear,” which will improve focus and concentration; “Night” which will calm you for sleep; and “Wisdom” which has antioxidant properties and can support your immune system.


Check out the Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit on Amazon.



3. Shower Steamers


Shower steamers are yet another way to enjoy the mood-enhancing effects of aromatherapy in the shower.

Hard like bath bombs but flat, they rest on the floor of your shower while you let the water run. They slowly dissolve, sending up a swirl of healing powers. 

Usually, they’re made with citric acid, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and essential oils. Sometimes they also include butters and oils like shea butter or coconut oil.

Here are a few of my favorite shower steamers:


Vicks VapoShower


I’m a huge fan of Vicks products, especially when I have a cold or allergies. The awesome powers of eucalyptus, camphor and menthol can help loosen my congestion and just make me feel so much better. 

The Vicks VapoShower pack comes with 12 tablets per box. Simply place a tablet by the drain and it will dissolve under the stream of water.

And by the way, if you want to use Vicks VapoRub in your bathtub, be sure to read my post on this topic: Vicks in the Bathtub? Absolutely! Here’s How. Apparently, lots of people want to do this, because it’s one of my most popular posts!


See Vicks VapoShower Tablets Here


Fiora Aromatherapy Natural Shower Steamers


This beautifully packaged set contains 6 shower steamers and makes a great gift for both men and women. Plus, these are some of the strongest smelling shower bombs you’ll find. (And since they don’t contain synthetic fragrances, you can also use them in the bath!)

Made of all-natural and organic products, there aren’t any toxic colorants or artificial ingredients in these shower bombs. Sulfate-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free, these shower bombs are made by an ethical company committed to clean living.

Shower bombs in this set include formulations for harmony, breath, balance, relaxation, uplift and energy.


See Fiora Aromatherapy Natural Shower Steamers on Amazon.



Create the Ultimate Spa Experience in Your Bathroom



Essential oils can transform your bathroom—and your mindset—in a matter of minutes! It’s one of the easiest ways you can create a spa-like vibe while you shower or bathe. 

For more ideas for turning your bathroom into a spa, I consulted Bathtubber Contributor and Bathroom Designer Kathleen Stacy Finley. She told me how to do this by integrating one item into my bathroom design from each of the four ancient elements: earth, air, water and fire.

Read 12 Elements of a Bathroom Spa to fully transform your bathroom into a haven in your home.


How to Use Essential Oils in the Shower




There are great options for integrating aromatherapy into your daily showering routine. When you choose an aromatherapy showerhead, an aromatherapy shower kit or shower steamers, you’ll definitely level-up your experience. 

Not only will you get clean, but you’ll also get restored and rejuvenated in the same amount of time. Whether you need to perk up and feel energized or wind down for sleep, using essential oils while you shower can ease you into the state of mind you most desire.


Shana Burg is a bath enthusiast, content strategist, and award-winning writer. She is the founder of bathtubber.com.

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