DIY Cold & Flu Steamers
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These soothing cold and flu steamers contain Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Lavender Essential Oils. They work perfectly for those nasty coughs, runny and stuffy noses, and are super easy to make! After you make them, you simply place them in the bottom of the shower and turn on the shower to release the vapors.
The soothing vapors along with the steam works wonders for congestion ,and will have you feeling better in no time!
I suggest making a few of these up ahead of time and storing them in a cool, dry place. Be sure to keep them enclosed in a container and away from water or where they can get damp. That way, you will be prepared the next time a yucky cold or flu bug hits your house.
Eucalyptus works as an expectorant and helps cleanse the body of toxins that can make you feel sick. The Rosemary Essential Oil in these steamers is known to help with digestive issues and muscle aches and pains. And of course, lavender is known for its relaxation properties.
You Will Need:
Epsom Salt (found at your local store or online here)
Eucalyptus, rosemary and lavender essential oils. (you can purchase a set of 8 essential oils, which includes eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender for under $16 here) aff link.
Blue food coloring (optional)
Mix 1 cup baking soda, and 1/2 cup of Epsom salts. You can also add a couple of drops of blue food coloring at this time, though not necessary. I did this mostly for looks.
Add 8-10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, 4 drops of rosemary oil and 4 drops of lavender and mix thoroughly. Add a very small amount of water at a time until you reach a consistency that will clump together firmly in your hand. (Note: I took this pic before I added decided to add the food coloring but you get the idea. 😉 )
Pack the mixture firmly into the silicone mold. I used the mini silicone mold found here, but you can also use a muffin tin lined with paper cupcake liners, a standard sized silicone mold or other molds. Let the disks dry in the molds for 12-24 hours.
Remove the disks from the mold and store in airtight containers away from water and moisture.
How to Use:
Bring 1-2 disks into the shower with you and place it on the floor. Breathe in the aroma from the oils mixed with the hot water and steam from the shower.
Disclaimer: These disks are not meant to be a cure, only to help alleviate symptoms, as always consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
Soothing Shower Steamers
Soothing shower steamers for cold, cough and flu relief.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup epsom salt
- 2-3 drops blue food coloring (optional)
- 8-10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 4 drops rosemary essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- silicone mold
Mix baking soda and Epsom salt in a medium-sized bowl. Add food coloring if desired
Add essential oils to mixture and a small amount of water and mix thouroughly until it clumps together when you hold it in your hand.
Pack the mixture firmly into the silicone mold and let dry 12-24 hours.
Remove from silicone molds and store in airtight container away from moisture.
To use: Place 1-2 disks in the shower with you and breathe in the vapors to help relieve congestion.