Cough, cough…. sniffle, sniffle…. I am just turning the corner and getting well again after a NASTY respiratory infection. One of the things that helped me most to get some respite and relief from the discomfort in my chest were these nifty little DIY Shower Steamers I made in minutes! Turn your shower into a soothing machine as the power of the eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils fill the air as you inhale, instantly calming your lungs and opening breathing passages. You can buy these life-savers commercially but they are expensive and who knows what is in them. In just a few minutes, and with only 4 ingredients I already had in my pantry, I whipped these disks up. When they are finished drying, instant relief.
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I am finally getting better after suffering through over 2 weeks of being sick with a respiratory infection. It wasn’t fun. Making these DIY Shower Steamers though WAS fun, and offered me some of the most relief out of everything I tried to do to make things easier. The power of the eucalyptus and peppermint oils floating around in the air of my hot showers oped things right up and allowed my lungs and nose a rest for a while. It was SO easy to make these and they cost somewhere around $3 to make a dozen of them. I occasionally find these types of steamers in the store, but they cost $6-7 for 3 of them. No thank you! I will always have these on hand, ready to use, when I need to breathe freely!!!Breathe Easy and Naturally with these DIY Shower Steamers! Take minutes to make, offers relief in… Click To Tweet
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 5-6 teaspoons water
- 6-8 drops (each total) of Eucalyptus Globulus and Peppermint Young Living Essential OilsYoung Living Essential Oils . 4-3 will go int the mixture of the steamers, and the rest will go on after they are dry and/or right before use
- Silicone molds– I use a silicone mini-muffin tray for molding these but you can be creative and use anything that you pack the mixture into tightly.
Here’s what you do:
- In a bowl, mix together the baking soda ,citric acid, and cornstarch until it is well incorporated. You don’t want any lumps left in the mixture.
- Fill a teaspoon with water and add 1-2 drops of essential oil to it. Then, add the teaspoon, 1 teaspoon at a time, to the mixture and mix together. DO NOT add all the water at once. You will ruin the mixture and make a HUGE mess as the mixture reacts with the water. Only add enough water until the correct consistency is reached. You want to make a mixture that resembles wet sand or wet snow. It will look dry, but it will pack together like you are making a snowball. This is the “hardest part” of the entire project. You will get it right!
- Once you get the correct consistency, start to press the mixture into the mold. If you added too much water, the mixture will continue to puff up. If you notice this, you can add a dusting of cornstarch to the mix. Really compress the mixture into the molds.
- Allow the molds to dry overnight and harden. When they are dry, pop the steamers out of the mold. They won’t easily pop out if they are not dry yet.
- When you are ready to use them, add another 2-3 drops of essential oil on them so they are really potent!
- Store the DIY Shower Steamers in an airtight container or baggie until ready for use. If they are not in an airtight container, they will absorb any moisture in the air and may not last.
- Put a disk on the floor of the shower, NOT directly in the stream of water but where it will still get wet.
- The disk will begin to “disintegrate” when wet and add the amazing aroma of eucalyptus and peppermint into the air through the steam of your shower.
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