Isn’t it amazing that you can go to bed perfectly healthy one night and wake up the next morning with the worst congestion ever? My husband reminds me of this all the time! He’s one of those medical mysteries that can be healthy one minute and on death’s door the next.
While surprise illnesses are never fun, we’ve managed to find some fast-acting remedies that actually work. These shower steamers are perfect for when you’re under the weather and need relief now. They come together in a few minutes and combine soothing aromatherapy with the healing power of steam. Simply pop one in the shower next time you’re battling the sniffles and they’ll send congestion packing.
DIY Menthol Shower Steamers
There’s seriously nothing more miserable than a stuffy nose. While I can overlook a little congestion during the day, the second my head hits the pillow I feel like I’m drowning and I’ll do anything (anything) to find quick relief.
Thankfully, these babies are like medicinal bath bombs, but for the shower. Loaded with sinus-clearing ingredients like menthol and eucalyptus, they dissolve in running water and infuse the air with soothing aromatherapy. All you have to do is stand back and let the shower steam work its magic. In a pinch you can even fill up a bowl of hot water, pop in a steamer and loosely cover your head with a towel to get the same effect. The important thing is to just breathe and let them clear your sinus passages and loosen congestion.
But you don’t have to wait until you have a cold to use them. Since aromatherapy has been proven to reduce stress and boost the immune system, you can use them to preempt a cold, combat seasonal allergies or simply calm the senses. Or put their cooling effervescence to good use and try one first thing in the morning to help you get moving and feel more awake.
How to Make Menthol Shower Steamers
Don’t wait until cold and flu season hits to make these. I recommend making a batch in advance and storing them in the freezer until you need ‘em. When cold season strikes, just place one in the bottom of your shower and let the cooling menthol steam open your sinuses and relieve congestion.
Menthol Shower Steamers
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well.
- The mixture should hold together when squeezed without crumbling, like wet sand. If needed, spray or drop small amounts water into the mix until you reach the right consistency.
- Push mixture into silicon molds, greased muffin tins, or small plastic containers.
- Set aside to dry for 24 hours.
- When dry, remove and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or the freezer for 2 months.
- Place 1-2 melts on the floor of the shower and allow them to dissolve in the hot water. Inhale the menthol steam.