A friend asked me if I had a DIY recipe for a natural version of shower melts (basically a bath bomb for the shower) since her favorite ones had been discontinued and she was looking for a cheaper and better homemade option. I’m so glad she asked because these little shower melts are a staple around our house now.
I also call these “shower soothers” because I infuse them with menthol and/or eucalyptus, rosemary, and other essential oils known to be soothing during a cold. Add hot water from the shower, and a soothing steam fills the air and eases coughs or congestion.
You don’t have to wait until you have a cold to use these, though. Aromatherapy is proven to reduce stress, so I sometimes make these just for fun using my favorite essential oil blends.
Therapeutic Shower Melts for Cold and Flu
I did a little research before attempting this recipe and found that there are some great natural options already available for purchase:
I wanted a recipe that would combine the best properties of both and realized I already had the base recipe from my homemade bath bombs.
I also had some essential oils and menthol crystals on hand from my homemade pain relief lotion bars and homemade vapor rub so I played around with proportions and found a great combination that is excellent for clearing out sinuses. I’ve also thought about experimenting with these in a bath for sore muscles but haven’t tried it yet.
I made these in little silicone candy molds and stored them in a glass jar for easy use if we get hit by a cold this year.
Natural Shower Aromatherapy (Anytime)
The real beauty to making natural recipes from scratch (besides knowing what is in your products) is you can make them to order! Make these shower melts with lavender or rose or citrus for an aromatherapy shower anytime. Makes a great gift, too!
CAUTION: In general, check with a qualified health practitioner or aromatherapist about essential oil precautions for children and pregnant mothers, especially menthol and strong essential oils like peppermint or eucalyptus. Using a kid-safe essential oil blend is a great way to take the guesswork out of using essential oils around kids, but personally I don’t use them on children under 2 and I dilute them even then.
Soothing Shower Melt Recipe
This homemade creation is fun to make and easy enough for the kids to help out too!
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup sea salt or Epsom salt
- up to 2 tsp of water
- essential oils: I used 20 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, and lemon (any combination of these would work)
- 1 tsp powdered menthol crystals (optional). I bought crystals and crushed them between parchment paper to get a powder.
- Combine baking soda, salt/Epsom salt, and mix well until combined.
- Spray or drop small amounts water into the mix and stir until you get the consistency of slightly wet sand.
- Mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling but should not appear wet at all. You may need to add slightly more water if it hasn’t achieved this consistency yet.
- Once you get this texture, add the menthol crystals and the essential oils and stir to combine.
- Quickly push mixture into silicon molds, greased muffin tins, or any other greased container. Press in firmly and leave at least 24 hours (48 is better) or until hardened.
- When dry, remove and store in airtight container.
How to Use
- Place 1-2 melts just outside of the shower stream on the floor of the shower.
- Let the hot water and steam do its work, and enjoy!
- If the melts dissolve too fast, check the amount of water used. Stop adding water as soon as the mixture holds together without crumbling but doesn’t appear wet. If the melts dissolve too slowly, pack them a little more lightly on the next batch, allowing more space for the water to get in and dissolve the melt.
- Store away from moisture and light. Use within 1 month for strongest scent and best results.
This article was medically reviewed by Madiha Saeed, MD, a board certified family physician. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
Have you ever tried shower melts? What natural remedies do you keep on hand this time of year?