Essential Oils in the Shower: 3 Reasons to Try Shower Steamers

Looking for a way to enjoy an aromatherapy soak, but don't have time for a bath? Shower steamers are the perfect solution. They provide the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, but in half the time of a bath. Shower steamers are also great for clearing out your sinuses, detoxing and clarifying your skin, and re-creating the spa experience at home.

What are shower steamers?

Shower steamers are tablets that dissolve in water to create scented therapeutic steam. Like bath bombs, shower steamers are made with baking soda, citric acid, and essential oils. But instead of placing the tablet in your bath, you place it on the floor of your shower.

How to use shower steamers

To use a shower steamer, simply place one tablet at the foot of your shower in a stream of water. As the tablet gets wet it dissolves and releases essential oils into the hot shower steam. Breathe deeply and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the essential oils.

You can expect the tablet to last approximately five minutes if it's in a direct stream of water.

Note: Do not use a shower steamer as a bath bomb.

3 Reasons to try shower steamers

1 // Shower tablets are the ultimate in practicality

Despite the benefits of taking a warm bath, not everyone likes baths, has time for a bath, or even has a bathtub. For these reasons, shower steamers are a practical way to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of essential oils in the shower.

Before the advent of shower fizzies, the main method of using aromatherapy in the shower was to dispense a few drops of essential oils on shower walls or the shower floor. But this isn't necessarily practical or safe. The essential oils dissipate quickly and are washed down the drain. Also, unless they are diluted with a carrier oil (which could make the shower floor slippery), the essential oils can come in direct contact with the skin, potentially causing irritation.

Shower steamers are a more practical way to use aromatherapy in the shower. They also release their scent more slowly and last longer than essential oils dispensed on the floor of the shower, making them a more economical choice.

2 // Steaming with essential oils is clearing and relaxing

The Genki shower steam tablets by KODO Collection are a beautiful blend of menthol and essential oils of eucalyptus, lavender, and pine. But the spa-like aroma doesn't just perfume your bathroom. The ingredients (combined with steam) also have health and beauty benefits.

Eucalyptus essential oil and menthol crystals are intensely clearing, cooling, and invigorating. Eucalyptus is probably the most popular essential oil for saunas and steam rooms, but pine essential oil is also highly beneficial in steam and can be just as effective as eucalyptus in opening respiratory pathways and promoting clear breathing.

Not only is pine useful in clearing lung and sinus congestion from allergies, colds, flu, and sinus infections, but it also has antibacterial and detoxifying properties. Shower steam that contains pine is said to help eliminate toxins through perspiration.

Lavender essential oil is probably best known for promoting relaxation and helping to heal burns. But, like eucalyptus and pine, lavender is also good for hay fever, sinus allergies, and congestion.

Together, these essential oils boost your mood, enhance feelings of relaxation, relieve stress, clear nasal congestion, and reduce sinus inflammation, improving overall respiratory health.

3 // Get your glow on with steam

Steam carries volatile essential oils to the skin. Shower steaming is slightly less effective than facial steaming (where your face is only about 12 inches from the water and oils). But even shower steaming can moisturize skin, unclog pores, soften sebum, increase circulation, and reduce congestion that often causes redness and puffy eyes.

Also, the heat increases sweating, which helps detoxify skin and remove pollutants.

The added benefit of Genki aromatherapy shower tablets is that the evaporated peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender essential oils all have antibacterial compounds that can help rid the skin of acne-causing bacteria. Eucalyptus and lavender also have anti-inflammatory properties that can help calm upset skin.

Genki aromatherapy shower tablets by KODO Collection

 Beautifully formed essential oils shower melts on a Colleen Hennessey ceramic dish

Who shouldn't use shower steamers?

Although the evaporated essential oils are experienced mainly through inhalation, err on the side of caution. The contraindications are for:

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding mamas
  • Small children
  • Infants

What does Genki mean?

Genki is a Japanese word that does not have a direct translation to English. It means to have health, spirit, vigor, zen, life, flow, and so on. One of three dictionary, one of three definitions is: "The flow of energy between heaven and earth that vitalizes all living creatures."

Go forth, steam, and be revitalized.

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