Menthol Shower Steamer Recipe with Essential Oils

Looking for the best way to open up those airways and give you a natural energy boost? Try this DIY shower steamer!

We all have those days when we wake up feeling tired, sick, and congested. This menthol shower steamer recipe is the perfect toxic-free way to support easy breathing and to give you a kick-start to your day.

The hot water from the shower dissolves the recipe and the steam diffuses the aroma of the essential oils up and into your airways. This aromatic shower experience helps perk you up in the morning and also eases cold symptoms like congestion.

What I Love About This Shower Steamer Recipe

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I really look forward to using the shower steamers in the morning, especially on the mornings when I don’t want to leave my bed. Not only does this shower steamer work effectively in giving me a natural energy boost and clearing congestion, but it also leaves a refreshing aroma in my bathroom.

What’s in This Menthol Shower Steamer Recipe

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Solid Coconut Oil

Solid Coconut Oil holds the recipe together so it will stay in the shape of the mold at room temperature. The coconut oil also helps to dilute the essential oils to make it safe and non-irritating to the skin.

Menthol Crystals

Menthol Crystals are a natural soothing and cooling agent derived from the peppermint plant. It gives a mentholated effect that boosts this recipe’s aromatic and health benefits.

Fir Needle Essential Oil

Fir Needle Essential Oil can help promote a healthier respiratory system. According to a study, this essential oil may help soothe respiratory issues accompanied by the common cold and flu congestion and more.1

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Feeling stressed? One study showed that Eucalyptus Essential Oil may have anti-anxiety properties2 which can help to uplift your morning and will give you a great start to your day.

Baking Soda

Baking soda serves as an excellent binder for this recipe. It holds the recipe together to stay in shape when not in use, and dissolves easily in the shower without clogging any pipes.

Ice Tray or Mold

You can use an ice tray, a cupcake tin, or any silicone mold as molds for this recipe. Feel free to use whatever is available in your home.

Things to Remember When Using This Recipe

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil recipe is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This recipe is generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil recipe is safe to use with kids aged 10+.

Cats may find the oils in this recipe irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this recipe as directed. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

Dogs may find the oils in this recipe irritating. However, we do not expect your dog to be disturbed if you use this recipe as directed. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

Menthol Shower Steamers Recipe

Menthol Shower Steamer Recipe with Essential Oils


  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil (Solid)

  • 1 tsp Menthol Crystals

  • 5 drops Fir Needle Essential Oil

  • 5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • ½ cup Baking Soda*

  • Mold (like an ice tray or cupcake tin)*


  • In a double boiler (or microwave using short intervals), melt the coconut oil.
  • Remove from heat, add menthol crystals, and stir to melt.
  • Add essential oils and stir to mix.
  • Add baking soda and stir thoroughly until the mixture has a dough-like consistency.
  • Press contents into a mold and allow the ingredients to totally dry out (~24 hours). About 1 Tbsp per cavity works well, but you can add more or less according to your preference.
  • To use, remove from mold and place in the bottom of the shower. As you shower, the hot water will help the oil diffuse into the air to help support easy breathing.

Elevate Your Mornings!

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Even on the mornings when you wake up feeling like you want to crawl back into you bed and sleep for the rest of the day, it’s not too late to turn your day around. Start your day with this Menthol Shower Steamer recipe to elevate your morning like no other. Tell us your experience with this recipe, we’d love to hear about it on social media with @fromsimplyearth and in the comments below!

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  2. Kim KY, Seo HJ, Min SS, Park M, Seol GH. The effect of 1,8-cineole inhalation on preoperative anxiety: a randomized clinical trial. 2014 Jun
  3. Sadlon AE, Lamson DW. Immune-modifying and antimicrobial effects of Eucalyptus oil and simple inhalation devices. 2010 Apr
  4. Fischer J, Dethlefsen U. Efficacy of cineole in patients suffering from acute bronchitis: a placebo-controlled double-blind trial. 2013 Nov