Essential oils are mostly used in aromatherapy, which is another style of medicine. The use of naturally derived essential oils for aromatherapy has been in play for a long time- for the improvement of moods and spirit lifting. Essential oils are referred to as compounds that are derived from plants. The extracted oils have the scents and flavor of the plants- which are called "essence" used in them. Once the compounds have been extracted from the plants, it is then mixed with the oil to form a product.
How Does the Essential Oil work?
As stated earlier, essential oils have been in use for decades in the promotion of health and wellbeing. The oils are applied through inhalation, on the skin, shower steamers, and through bathroom shower diffusers. We have numerous types of essential oils, each with its specific essence and health benefits. The most common types include; peppermint, lemon, sandalwood, lavender, etc.
Making Essential oil shower melts
Shower melts, also known as shower steamers, is an excellent way to apply aromatherapy through shower. The recipe for making shower melts include 1 cup of baking soda, Epsom salt, distilled water, and drops of the needed essential oil. The recipes are straightforward. The fun part about making the shower melt is deciding on which shape to cut out and what essential oil to use.
Step 1: Put the needed essential oil, Epsom salt, and baking soda into a mixing bowl. Start stirring and ensure you have a good mixture. You can decide to add your desires variety of food coloring to the mixture (this is optional).
Step 2: You then add a teaspoon of water to the mixture and continue to mix. The initial amount of water will not be enough to make the mixture in a paste form, but it is better to add splashes of water as required when mixing. This will allow you to keep control of the amount of water that is added to the mixture
Step 3: Once you have a thick mixture with a brittle paste, then transfer the mixture into the shaper you want to use (cone, ice-cube tray, etc.)
Step 4: Place the used tray in a cool, dry place until the mixture or molds are dry; this might probably take a day. After they are dry, you can keep them in jars for storage; this is advised to keep them dry and brittle.
You place them on the floor of the shower. You do not put them in the main floor of the shower, but at a spot where it still gets touched by splashes of water. It is getting affected by water, and the heat produced in the shower helps in dissolving the baking soda, releasing the essence (scent) of the essential oil into the air.
Here are some health benefits that are attached to the use of Essential oils:
- To treat anxiety and boost the immune system.
- To create a cleaner atmosphere.
- Helps to take care of the skin by removing wrinkles.
- Some are potent insect repellant.
- They are used in treating headaches.