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How to Make Cold-Soothing Shower Bombs

Make your own cold-soothing shower bombs with only 5 ingredients. Next time you’re under the weather, pop one into the shower — as it melts, it fills your shower with soothing steam to help relieve congestion.

Being all stuffed up from a cold or seasonal allergies is the worst. But for a lot of us, feeling pumped full of cold medicine isn’t all that much better. Steam inhalation is a natural home remedy that melts your cold symptoms away — it works just like vapor rub.


These shower soothers are super easy to make in your mini muffin tin. Keep a jar of them on hand for cold season, or make a batch as a thoughtful get well soon gift for a sniffly friend.


Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils have been long used in home healing to loosen mucus, relieve sinus pressure, and reduce respiratory inflammation. Their invigorating herbal scent creates a spa steam room experience in your own bathroom — and it doesn’t smell like medicine!


If you’re not crazy about eucalyptus or peppermint, here are some other essential oils known for their congestion-relieving properties:

  • herbal: spearmint, rosemary, thyme, wintergreen, or oregano
  • wood: balsam fir, pine, spruce, cedar, camphor, birch, or tea tree
  • flower: like lavender or geranium
  • citrus: like orange or lemon

Play around and create your own aromatherapy blend.

Note: High-cineole essential oils (like menthol, peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus) aren’t always considered safe for children, so check with your pediatrician before using these with your kids.


Homemade Vapor Shower Melts

Makes 12 shower melts
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 5 hours


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ⅓ – ½ cup water
  • 30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil


  • 12-cup mini muffin tin
  • paper muffin cup liners



Recipe adapted from Living on a Dime.

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