DIY Essential Oil Shower Melts – 2 Recipes
No-bake corn starch shower melt recipe
- Ice cube tray (miniature is best) or mini muffin pan/cups
- 1 cup of corn starch
- 2 tablespoons of water
- Mixing bowl, spoon
- 5-7 drops Essential Oils (see below for suggestions)
- Food coloring, optional
- Place the essential oil (here are the only therapeutic grade oils we trust and use) and corn starch in a bowl. Mix well. The mixture will look like a crumbly powder.
- Add in a few drop of green food coloring (optional) and continue to mix well. You may not notice a great deal of coloring until you do step 3 below.
- Add in the two tablespoons of water. Continue to mix until the colors disperse and clumps begin to form. Please note that this amount of water will NOT be enough to make the paste you are after. It is however a starting point so you can carefully ration water in and form your paste.
- Continue adding a few drops of water at a time, mixing well as you do. Once you have a thick paste, transfer the mixture to your mini ice cube tray. Smooth the mixture out flat. Another option is to put it into mini muffin cups in a pan, I do this.
- Freeze the contents for 1 hour or until the mixture is set.
To use your essential oil shower melts, place the melt on the floor of the shower and turn the water on. You can put the melt in a shallow dish or near the shower drain to keep your shower floor from
getting slippery. Enjoy the shower as you usually would, yet as the water and steam hits the melt, it will break down and diffuse the aroma of the oil into the air.
As long as you didn’t add too much water to the mixture, you do not need to leave the melts frozen, they will dry overnight. After that, you can place them in a jar and store them in a cool, dry place. If your cubes seem like they are runny, opt to store them in the freezer instead and pull them out one at a time.
Baked Baking Soda Recipe
- 1½cups baking soda
- ½ cup corn starch
- 2 tablespoon dried chamomile leaves or chamomile tea, optional
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds, optional
- ½ cup water, plus a little more if needed
- Essential oils – cedar wood, bergamot, lavender, rosemary, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus (be creative, you are not limited to just these!)
- Using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, grind lavender and chamomile until finely ground; combine with baking soda.
- Generously spray (or rub) mini muffin pan with coconut oil
- Add just enough water to make a paste that holds together without being soupy or runny.
- Preheat oven to 350°F and bake the molds for 15-20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. The tablets will continue drying as they cool.
- Sprinkle the tablets with the essential oils and allow to soak in. I add 1-2 drops per shower melt, so if you are using multiple oils mix the oils first and then you can add just a drop or two of the blend. Transfer to a jar and store until ready to use. If using silicone molds, the tablets will be easier to pop out.
- Alternatively, combine the lavender, chamomile and baking soda. Stir in 10-20 drops each of the essential oils. Do not add water. Transfer the dry mix to an airtight jar and sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of the powder on the bottom of the shower and turn on the hot water. Can also be added to bath water.
Essential Oils for Stress Relief
- Cedar Wood – calming, soothing, sleep-promoting
- Bergamot – uplifting, relaxing
- Lavender – calming
- Rosemary – uplifting, may increase concentration, mental acuity
- Lemon – refreshing, mental alertness, calming
- Peppermint – revitalizing, cooling, invigorating
- Eucalyptus – clarifying (great for respiratory relief)
Lavender and Peppermint is a great head support
Lavender, Peppermint and Lemon support seasonal relief and wellness
Lavender, bergamot and cedarwood promote relaxation, especially before bed
What are your favorite blends? I’d love to hear what you try!