A friend recently asked if I had a DIY recipe for a natural version of shower soothers (a menthol infused shower tablet that helps with cough and congestion). She said that her favorite ones had been discontinued and she was looking for a cheaper and better homemade option.
I had never used them but the idea seemed great! I researched and found that there are some great natural options already available for purchase:
Homemade Shower Melts
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 silicon candy molds and stored them in a glass jar for easy use if we get hit by a cold this year. I also tried one in the shower because it smells lovely!
If you didn’t want to make these for cold and flu with strong oils, they could also be made with lavender or rose or citrus for an aromatherapy shower anytime!
NOTE: Please use caution with products like menthol and strong essential oils like peppermint or eucalyptus on small children. As a general rule, I personally use these only on children 2+ and I dilute them but check with a qualified health practitioner or aromatherapist before using anything on small children!
- 1 cup Baking Soda (I get mine here)
- 1/2 cup Sea Salt or Epsom Salt
- Up to 2 teaspoons of water
- Essential oils: I used 20 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary and Lemon (any combination of these would work)
- 1 teaspoon 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 air tight container.
Place one in the bottom of the shower when you get in. As you shower, it will dissolve, releasing essential oils and menthol into the air. I have not tried adding this to a bath but that might work as well.
What natural remedies do you keep on hand this time of year?