Peppermint Shower Bombs
DIY homemade Peppermint Shower Bombs made with essential oils. I’ve also seen them called Shower steamers or shower melts.
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What you can use these shower bombs for
These aromatherapy Peppermint Shower bombs are great to use for colds, for stress relief, for congestion, for getting rid of headaches, and for relaxing.
These shower bombs are easy to make, and made without citric acid. In this post I’ll tell you how to make them, how to use them, and some great info on the benefits of peppermint essential oil. Oh, and these also make great homemade gifts!
A shower bomb, or shower soother, is simply a different version of a bath bomb that melts while you take a shower.
How I ended up with a bottle of peppermint essential oil
When I made the Peppermint Patties a couple weeks ago I had to buy some peppermint oil for them. Now I have a jar of peppermint essential oil, and was thinking of other ways to use it, when these Aromatherapy Shower Bombs showed up in my Facebook feed! I knew I had to make these Peppermint Shower Bombs.
Oh and I should add, these Peppermint Shower Bombs aren’t for eating, they are for making your shower smell amazing, and for helping you feel a bit better if you’re feeling under the weather. They also make great gifts!
And, it’s kind of funny, I actually used the same mini star-shaped silicone molds for these Peppermint Shower Bombs as I used to make the Peppermint Patties. If I could find that cute star silicone mold that I used for these Chocolate Covered Coconut Bites I would totally make them in that, it’d be great for gift giving, but I can’t seem to figure out where I put it. I definitely recommend using a silicone mold for these, as the flexibility of the silicone made it rally easy to remove the Peppermint Shower Bombs from the mold when they were dry.
These Peppermint Shower Bombs would also make a great gift for Valentine’s Day. Use a heart-shaped silicone mold like this one to make cute little hearts!
I remember many years ago that I bought something like these, and I thought they were the most awesome thing ever. Especially when you’re sick this helps you feel a little better. All that hot steam with the refreshing peppermint scent. Ahhhhh! It seems to me that it helps open the sinus, and clear the mind (I’m not an expert in oils, so that’s just how it makes me feel).
Can I use different kinds of essential oils?
You could use different kinds of oils in these Shower Bombs. Besides peppermint, I think Eucalyptus, rosemary, or cinnamon would be lovely. If you want to combine scents, just use 1-2 drops per oil. Since my shower bombs are all peppermint, I used 6 drops of peppermint oil in my batch.
Benefits of Peppermint essential oil:
Sinus and Respiratory Care including Seasonal Allergy Relief
Peppermint acts as an expectorant, helping to open airways, clear mucus, offer relief from a scratchy throat, and reduce congestion, making it great for when you have a cold, the flu, a cough, or seasonal allergies. It’s also effective at relaxing muscles in your nasal passages. Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can help you to unclog your sinuses. These Peppermint Shower Bombs will help take care of your sinuses.
Peppermint oil has the ability to improve circulation and relax muscles, helping to ease tension headaches or migraines. It’s also a good headache remedy because it contains menthol, which has a cooling sensation. Pop a peppermint shower bomb in with you, relax those muscles, and lessen that headache.
Peppermint oil is a good remedy for nausea and headaches because of its cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. When I travel sometimes I get motion sick, and I use a small bottle of peppermint oil to help alleviate my Nausea. These shower bombs will work in the same way.
Boost Skin Health
Essential oils are a natural powerhouse when it comes to skin care. Peppermint oil has a calming, softening, toning, and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. It also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. The antimicrobial agent may help to clear up acne by keeping the skin free of any allergens or pimple-causing bacteria.
Repel Bugs Naturally
Ok, hopefully you don’t need to use these shower bombs to repel bugs, but I guess there are occasionally spiders in the shower. Other bugs it will ward off include ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and mice. When I make my Homemade Sunscreen (link here) I add in some peppermint oil to help keep the bugs (especially mosquitoes) away, and it totally works!
Relieve Muscle and Joint Pain
Which makes these Peppermint Shower Bombs great when you’ve had a tough workout and need to relax. Take a nice warm soothing shower, and feel better.
What if I keep them longer than 2 weeks?
They do start to lose some of the scent (strength) if kept for long periods of time. Keep them in an airtight container and that’ll help keep them nice. I didn’t have them crumble at all, but I could see that if you lived in a humid climate, they might start to crumble a little.
You can also add a bit more oil to them to help them stay perky longer.
Can they be used in a bath tub?
The pH of the stuff you use on your skin is super important for maintaining healthy skin. Baking soda is Alkaline and can negatively disrupt the skin barrier. If your skin is nice and healthy, a little baking soda might be ok, but if your skin is raw and angry from any type of rash, acne, or abrasions, using baking soda is counterproductive to healthy skin. I wouldn’t want to use it in my bath. But, you could take a small dish, maybe a Tupperware so it isn’t glass, fill it with hot water, and drop the bomb in the Tupperware. Then, place the Tupperware up near your face/head so you can smell it.
Totally make some of these!
These are so easy to make, and there are so many benefits of using them! They make a great addition to spa night to help you indulge in relaxing!
How to make Peppermint Shower Bombs
Peppermint Shower Bombs
- ¼ cup to 1/3 cup water
- 3-6 drops of peppermint essential oil or any combination of oils that you like
- 1 cup baking soda
- Mix ¼ cup water and oil together in a small bowl. Place the baking soda in a separate medium bowl, and stir in the water mixture. You want a dry, thick paste. If the mixture seems too dry, add in a little more water, up to a total of 1/3 cup.
- Fill the silicone molds with the paste, packing the baking soda mixture down tightly. Let dry completely (this might take a couple of days, depending on the humidity level).
- Carefully remove the shower bombs from the molds, and store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
- To use, place the Peppermint Shower Bomb in the corner of your shower, and take a hot shower with it there in the corner. It will break down as the water hits it, and release the lovely scent while you shower.