I’d personally like to thank Sarah of Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity for clearing my head (and sinuses) of cold and flu-related junk.
You see, it’s just one of those things that kept popping up on Pinterest (to the tune of 1,000+ re-pins); blogged by keen DIY’ers eager to share the recipe; and tweeted like mad from believers all over the continent. And then, “Sarah’s Homemade Vapour Shower Disk Thingies” were featured on a popular television morning show. Hence, I reasoned that it was time to try the darned things out. Having suffered from back-to-back colds, tension headaches and sinus pain for most of the winter season, I needed all the help I could get.
Now I’m a believer. Not a trace of doubt in my mind. I’m in love…
(Did you just sing that? I love The Monkees.)
Here’s the deal: Sarah came up with a recipe for Vapour Shower Disks – you know, little thingies that you place in your shower which will release essential oils with the steam created from hot water. I made the disks last week and have since had the best shower experiences since cold and flu season began. Eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender oils help ease my congestion and clear my sinuses. The strength of the vapours is just strong enough to help soothe the airways without causing irritation. An unexpected bonus? The baking soda made my shower tiles gleaming white. I’m a Domestic Genius!
And… they couldn’t be simpler to make.
– Baking soda
– Pure Essential oils: Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Lavender
– Muffin tin
– Muffin liners
Add 2.5 – 3 cups of baking soda to a bowl. Slowly add water, a little at a time, until you’ve made a thick paste. You’ll want the mixture to feel like putty.
Spoon into a muffin tin lined with muffin liners, and bake them for 20 minutes at 350°F. Cool. Add 2-3 drops of each oil to the cooled disks. You can find essential oils at any health store or Whole Foods – if you are allergic to lavender (I know many people who are), try substituting peppermint or leaving it out altogether. When ready to use, pop them out of the liner and place anywhere at the bottom of your shower.
Et voila! The best companion to a hot shower that you’ll have this winter. I wouldn’t recommend these for use in the bath because pure, undiluted essential oils are rough on the skin. Each disk will last 1-2 showers, depending how long your showers are. Store in an airtight container and away from curious children. And there you have it – steam vapour therapy for pennies per use!