Steam showers cause your body to sweat out toxins, cleansing your skin on a deeper level than regular showers, and can also improve circulation and reduce respiratory issues. You can make a steam shower even more beneficial by adding essential oils commonly used in aromatherapy.
How do you use essential oils in a steam shower?
Most steam shower systems come with an aromatherapy pod or carrier built in. If your steam shower has one of these systems you can simply add a few drops of essential oil to it, usually by simply lifting of the lid to the pod or carrier
If you're using a regular shower or shower cabin that doesn't have an aromatherapy pod there are a couple other ways you can use still use them. You can put drops of your chosen essential oil onto a flannel and place it directly on your chest, near your nose, or put several drops along the bottom of your shower, being careful not to slip and make sure you don't add pure essential oils directly to the tray as there can be a small chance of discouleration
Another common method of using aromatherapy in the shower is creating your own "shower bombs", typically small, fizzy discs infused with essential oils. You can do this by mixing essential oils with baking soda, cornstarch and citric acid. There are tons of recipes available online and you can get as creative as you want. You use a shower bomb by placing it at the end of your shower, away from the primary streams of water. As it gets soaked it releases the scent(s) for you to enjoy.
What are the best essential oils to use?
Every essential oil has a different effect, so it depends on what you want to accomplish.
This list should help you find an essential oil that suits your needs: