As my readers know from my previous post I have been battling a cold this week. I was asked for the recipe for my shower vapor discs. I used to buy the shower soothers made with Vick’s vapors in them and they helped my sinuses a lot. Well they are very expensive and so of course I went on the hunt for a cheaper and all natural DIY version. There are lots out there but the one that has worked for me is this:
1 1/2 cups Baking soda
1/2 cup water
Eucalyptus essential oil
Rosemary essential oil
Lavender essential oil
First mix the water and baking soda in a bowl until it is a paste consistency.
Then evenly distribute the mixture into a cupcake pan. I used a silicone pan so I didn’t use liners, but I’ve seen others use liners when using a metal cupcake pan. This amount is perfect for 6 discs.
You can leave this on the counter for 18-20 hours to dry out. I am impatient though and put them in my oven at 225 degrees for 15-20 min. Then I let them sit out and finish drying for about 4 hours. When they are totally dry I put 8-10 drops of each essential oil on the discs.
They keep in a dry airtight container really well. When you need to use one to help with a cold or sinuses just place on the tub floor while showering. They will slowly dissolve as you shower. The steam and essential oils will give relief from stuffy noses and sinus pressure. I personally use them right before bed when I’m under the weather to help clear me up so I can get to sleep. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Thank you for this recipe. I will try this today. My granddaughter has a cold and my husband has a sinus infection. You sound like a beautiful person with an amazing life! 🙂 Debbie
I am excited to try these, I used to buy them whenever I was sick. Both of my kids are sick right now and my husband and I were lamenting the fact that we can’t get them anymore. I am planning a trip out for supplies! thank you!!
Would these work in a bath?
I have used them in the tub but found they aren’t as strong vapor-wise that way.
Can you put the oils in when you are mixing the water and baking soda?
Yep I do.
Wow you learn something every day! All the money spent buying expensive vaporizer only to find out you can make it yourself. I am definitely making a batch, Thanks very much.
Making these right now and they are in the oven!! Hope they turn out. Will let you know. ^_^
I must not have done it right. The mixture wasn’t as thick as a paste. I over filled my silicone molds, and while they were baking, they puffed up a bit and the water and some oils ran off. I think I’ll try with less water and a normal muffin pan so they don’t spill over. 🙂
Oh, and I left them in the molds to dry overnight and they came out still damp and crumbly this morning. Didn’t stop me from still trying one. It didn’t last very long in the shower though. Could have been because they still had a lot of moisture in them. Not sure.
Would these work the same as a fizzy in a tub of water?
Hello, probably a silly question, but do the oils make the tub slippery? Would love to do this for my mum, but she is quite frail and I don’t want her to slip. Thank you and God Bless
They have never made my tub slippery but be cautious and try it out yourself first would be my advice 🙂
can you put them in a metal cupcake pan or does it have to be silacone
That would be fine just possible harder to remove?
How many drops of each oil and would u use less oils for a young child. Thnku