Skip the Vicks and try homemade eucalyptus shower melts for colds instead! This tutorial shows you how to make easy aromatherapy melts with essential oils and baking soda.
I can name many reasons I love this time of year—the leaves change color, it’s hoodie season, and my soup obsession is perfectly acceptable from September through February.
The one thing I don’t look forward to is cold season.
With both kids in school, they bring home every sniffle, cough, and sore throat that crosses their path. My husband rarely catches these cold bugs.
I’m not that lucky.
A recent virus made its way through our house over fall break (which coincidentally I was the first one to catch). I was super congested, so I decided it was a great time to make up a batch of shower melts.
I wanted to make a homemade version of Vicks shower disks so I used eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender essential oils. Just drop them in while you’re taking a shower to release the scent for a homemade essential oil shower diffuser.
These are very similar to this recipe for energizing shower steamers, but the ingredients are slightly different. For the aromatherapy shower steamers I used cornstarch, but I substituted the cornstarch for baking soda with these shower melts.
Both ways work well, but there were some small differences:
- Baking soda shower melts turned out more like a hard soap consistency while the cornstarch was more powdery and easier to crumble
- Cornstarch was more temperamental to work with – there was a fine line between not enough water and too much water
- If you are adding a colorant, the baking soda mix blended the color better than the cornstarch
Overall, I’d still use either to make shower melts and shower steamers, but if I had both on hand I’d go with baking soda.
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Eucalyptus Shower Melts Recipe
- 1 cup baking soda
- 2-5 tablespoons water
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- Soap colorant (optional)
- Silicone mold (this one is similar to what I used)
Add baking soda to a glass or metal bowl.
Slowly mix water with baking soda one tablespoon at a time until you reach a thick paste consistency. You may not need 5 full tablespoons. I ended up using about 4 to get the consistency I was looking for.
Add in your essential oil and soap colorant if using and mix well. The amount of each is up to your personal preference. I used 10 drops of each scent, but if you want a stronger aroma, you could easily do 15-20 drops. You can also add a drop to the finished shower melt right before you get in the shower if they don’t turn out to be strong enough.
I’ve used food coloring in the past without any issues, but you can get soap colorant for a reasonable price at places like Hobby Lobby or Amazon. This pack with primary colors works well because you can mix them to create any color you want.
This is what the mixture looks like after the soap coloring is added. It’s a little like wet sand.
Press your mixture firmly into your mold. It may get watery at the top once it settles. Just take a paper towel and blot the water away. Put it in the freezer to dry.
After about an hour, your shower melts are ready to use. Store them in a dry, airtight container for 1-2 months.
I still don’t look forward to cold season, but at least I’m armed with these awesome eucalyptus shower melts.
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