Handmade Shower Aromatherapy Steamers

Ease Congestion With These DIY Eucalyptus Shower Steamers

Yeah, it’s cold and flu season again. Ever since my little guy started at daycare he brings home every single virus in the world and rubs it all over me. I now fancy myself as a bit of a cold connoisseur. There are the sniffles and the whoppers, and everything in between. Some have sinus headaches, sore throats, a cough, and other unpleasantness. But, for me, the absolute worst is the congestion. When it feels like someone has poured cement into my sinuses and I can’t breathe AT ALL, I want to crawl out of my body. Make DIY shower steamers with aromatherapy for sinuses

My doctor recommended breathing in steam with eucalyptus or lavender. You know, the head-in-a-bowl-with-a-towel-over-you method. Which, I must say, does work wonders. And if I had the patience and the time I would do it every day. Cold or no cold, life must go on and that means I needed a faster method for breathing in steam and scent.

So on most days that I have a cold (which is most days in the winter) I deal with sinus congestion with eucalyptus shower steamers. They are refreshing and soothing when bubbling in the shower, which helps to get me going each day. They are now my daily aromatherapy and I’m grateful for the no fuss, no mess relief.

Here is how to make them:


Handmade Shower Aromatherapy Steamers

Make it!

In a bowl, mix the citric acid and baking soda. Add the essential oil and mix that in well using your hands.

Pour the witch hazel into the spray bottle and spritz some onto the top of the powder mixture. Mix the witch hazel in quickly with your hands, spritz some more on top, mix again, and repeat until the mixture packs together easily. Make sure you don’t get it too moist or the mixture will begin to fizz.

Scoop the mixture into the molds one at a time and pack it down tightly so that it holds together. Once the molds are all filled, flip them over onto a clean, hard surface and tap the bottom to release the steamers. Allow them to dry for at least 24 hours before use.

Pop one of these on the shower floor and when you run the warm water it will cause the steamer to fizz and melt, releasing soothing eucalyptus into the steamy air.

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. The Nova Studio
    The Nova StudioJanuary 5,16

    Love shower steamers! What a great way to deal with the pesky winter icks :)

  2. Melissa
    MelissaOctober 19,17

    I want to try these but I am wondering why not to use silicone molds?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseOctober 19,17

      Hi Melissa, hard molds are better for bath bombs and fizzers like this because you need to really pack the ingredients into the mold firmly.

  3. Melissa
    MelissaOctober 19,17

    …and what you would recommend for adding some color to them?

  4. shell
    shellOctober 24,17

    Can you make the shower steamers w/out molds like the cleansing bombs?

  5. Stephanie Rose
    Stephanie RoseOctober 24,17

    Hi Shell, I haven’t tried that but you certainly could use the cleaning bombs recipe with eucalyptus essential oil and use them in the shower the same way you would use these. The Castille soap helps hold these ones together but it won’t change how they dissolve in the shower. https://gardentherapy.ca/diy-cleaning-bombs/

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