Taking a shower is a ritual that you usually want to get over with as soon as possible. But when you've had a long day at work or are dealing with a nagging cold, consider taking a few extra steps and enjoying a long, relaxing, restorative shower.
Alana Rivera, founder and maker of body care company Etta + Billie, has her shower game sorted. (And as an entrepreneur, she certainly knows what it's like to feel stressed-out and worn down.) "My favorite way to ward off cold symptoms and aid the body's natural healing process involves a nice steamy shower combined with some powerful essential oils," says Rivera.
Here, Rivera shares how to get a good, restorative shower going.
The first step? Close the bathroom door and turn on the shower to get the steam rolling. "Adjust the showerhead so that water is not directly pummelling the end of the tub or shower pan," Rivera says. To be clear, "the end" of the shower is opposite the drain. That's where you'll add one or two drops of each essential oil.
"The oils will start to volatilize with the heat and water, creating an aromatic steam," says Rivera.
You can use any oils you may already have stocked in your medicine cabinet. But for getting rid of colds, Rivera suggests using lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint. The vapors from eucalyptus and peppermint will help decongest the nose and chest, while the lavender simply relaxes the mind and body.
One more added bonus: "It smells pretty amazing," Rivera says.
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