How to Make Cold-Soothing Shower Bombs

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Homemade Vapor Shower Melts

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

Ingredients

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

Equipment

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

Directions

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Recipe adapted from Living on a Dime.

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