How To Take the Most Relaxing Shower Ever

When you need some serious TLC, a steamy shower—with a few key additions—can soothe your stressed-out soul.

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.

Need to build your oil collection? See our favorites below.

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To Clear Your Mind: Lavender Relaxing Essential Oil

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Aura Cacia, $10, target.com.

To Get Rid of That Cough: Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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Now Foods, $10, vitaminshoppe.com.

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To Decongest Your Head Cold: 100% Pure Peppermint Essential Oil

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Piping Rock, $26, pipingrock.com.

To Cure a Sore Throat: Ginger Therapeutic Essential Oil

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Nature's Fusions, $10, luckyvitamin.com.

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To Feel Happier: Orange Essential Oil

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Young Living, $15, holisticwellnessproducts.com.

To Wake Up: 100% Pure Lime

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Vitacost Essential Oils, $5, vitacost.com.

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To Relax Achy Muscles: Clary Sage 100% Pure Essential Oil

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Aromappeal, $10, puritan.com.

To Boost Immunity: Aromatherapy Rosemary Essential Oil

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Nature's Truth, $7, target.com.

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To Reduce Stress: Bergamot Essential Oil

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C.O. Bigelow, $16, bigelowchemists.com.

To Feel Super-Zen: Jasmine Absolute Essential Oil

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Source Vital, $87, sourcevital.com.

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