If you suffer from allergies, sinus problems, have a cold or stuffy nose, have I got a home remedy for you! You can buy them from me already made or DIY in 24 to 48 hours. These little jewels just sit out of the main stream of the flow of water in your shower and start to bubble and melt slowly and put off the fragrant menthol, eucalyptus or peppermint (your preference) scent to clear those nasal passages while you shower. By the time you are done, so are they and you can breathe again!
Here is the recipe:
Menthol Shower Steamers
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/4 cup corn starch
1 teaspoon menthol oil, crystals, or vapor rub (I use crystals).
20-30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
2 tablespoons coconut oil
silicon mold or ice-cube tray
Melt your menthol crystals in your melted coconut oil. (Never heat directly the menthol crystals). Allow enough time for the menthol crystals to melt in the oil. This could take several hours to a day, so do this ahead of time if necessary.
Mix together all of your dry ingredients, making sure you have gotten all of the lumps out. Add the essential oil into the melted coconut oil and menthol crystals. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix well. Now is the time to get your hands in there and really mix everything together. You should have the consistency of wet sand with nothing loose. If you do not then add a little water with a spray bottle or in your hand. (Remember you can add more, you can’t take it out, so just a little bit at the time). Keep mixing until you get that wet sand.
Start pushing mixture into the mold making sure that it is compressed as much as you can get it! Keep pressing it into the molds. Now it’s time for the waiting game. Set the
mold on a baking sheet and set it away from traffic in your house where it will not be disturbed. It needs to set for 24 hours.
Come back in 24 hours and turn the mold over and dislodge each of the steamers. Let them sit for about 8 to 16 hours more depending on how wet they are, until they are completely dry. You want them rock hard and the dryer the better! You can wrap them individually in cello wrap, or you can put them in an airtight glass jar. They will keep for a long, long time.
Variations on these are adding a drop or two of food coloring to match your decor, change-up the essential oil to peppermint or spearmint. Use your imagination!