Note: I am not a doctor, herbalist, aromatherapist or chemist. I am just an everyday mom trying to figure out how to live naturally. This recipe is one that works for myself and my family. Please consult your doctor before using any diy recipe or essential oils to confirm that they are safe for you. This holds especially important if you are currently pregnant.
DIY Shower Melts Recipe To Reduce Congestion (without citric acid)
Have these DIY shower melts recipe on hand for when a cold hits! Made with only four ingredients, these homemade shower melts for congestion work wonderfully. The shower melts are made without citric acid but use essential oils and help break up a stuffy nose and allow you to breathe! A great natural option to ease a congested nose.
Reduce congestion and breathe easier with this DIY shower melts recipe. The essential oil blend in the homemade shower steamers will help open your sinuses and steam from the shower makes that easier.
And while this DIY shower melts recipe work wonders for stuffy noses, don’t forget to have some homemade cough drops on hand for scratchy throats too!
Disclaimer: I am not an essential oil specialist, aromatherapist, or doctor. I use this blend for myself and my own health. Please consult your physician before using essential oils (even aromatically). Please consult with your doctor on the essential oils before using as some oils can work against certain medications or conditions (like pregnancy and with kids).
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How To Use The DIY Shower Melts Recipe
To use these homemade shower steamers for congestion relief, start by getting a hot shower going (wait until the water is actually hot and a bit steamy). Place 2-3 of the DIY shower melts in the bathtub away from where you’re immediately stepping.
The steam from the shower will help open up the sinuses and melt the coconut oil. This releases the essential oils which will give you relief to a congested nasal passage.
Keep in mind that the DIY shower steamers are oil-based! They’ll make the tub slippery- so be careful!
A Natural Remedy For Congestion
When I was a kid, we were all rubbing Vicks on our chests in order to break up a congested sinus.
And while I do still use a congestion rub sometimes (though definitely a homemade one), I always strive to inhale rather than absorb first.
Eucalyptus has been shown to help provide relief during common colds. It has been also been said to have antibacterial properties.
If you’re finding you’re stuffy and just can’t break up your sinuses, give the homemade shower melts recipe a try and see how it helps.
How To Store Them
Store these homemade shower steamers in the fridge because they’re coconut oil-based.
In the cupboard, these DIY shower melts will literally melt and be useless. Though the random, potent smelling goop is fun *said from experience*.
Storing them in the fridge not only makes them last longer to use but it also makes them last longer in the shower as it takes a moment for the coconut oil to heat up.
Coloring The Melts
For the purpose of photos alone I used mica powder to color these DIY shower melts. However, this has zero effect on how they work.
Personally, unless I’m giving them as gifts, I don’t both to make them look pretty.
Essential Oils For Congestion
These DIY shower melts with essential oils use a blend of Eucalyptus and Wintergreen to ease congestion. However, they are not the only essential oils you can use!
These are all wonderful essential oils to use to ease stuffy sinuses. Pathways Wellness Program has a great list of the best essential oils for congestion.
That said, you need to do your research before using these homemade shower melts for congestion with your kids. Initially, I made these with lavender and wintergreen and used them with my toddler last year. However, I have read that kids under the age of 12 shouldn’t be exposed (even aromatically) to any of the “menthol” blends.
I have also read the opposite. So, do your research and make your own decisions regarding your kiddos. Personally, I’ve been delving into a lot of Lea Jacobson’s stuff on using essential oils safely!
Update: in place of anything with menthol, pine essential oils are great for congestion in kids! I know Plant Therapy actually has a kid-safe stuffy blend too!
As for dilution rates, for anything topical, I tend to use 1 drop of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil which comes out to about a 5% dilution rate.
Because these shower melts are used aromatically, I use a higher dilution rate (8-10%). Again, do your own research!
Shower Steamers Versus Shower Melts
While these tend to go by the same name, they’re not the same thing. To me, DIY shower steamers last only a few moments as they dissolve rapidly.
While this is great for a morning pick me up, energy boost, or to relax, they’re not what I need when I’m stuffy!
Alternatively, DIY shower melts without citric acid are oil based. This means that they take longer to melt and the essential oils stay in the air longer. Thus, helping ease congestion further.
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Notes: Mica powder is simply a natural way to color a DIY project. I use it when I am giving these shower melts out as homemade gifts. For just myself, I omit tit as it does leave color on your bathtub and that makes for more cleaning at some point! Safety: the melts are oil-based which will make the tub slippery. Place the melt in an area that you’re not stepping every three seconds and be careful!
Shower Melts To Reduce Congestion
Notes: Mica powder is simply a natural way to color a DIY project. I use it when I am giving these shower melts out as homemade gifts. For just myself, I omit tit as it does leave color on your bathtub and that makes for more cleaning at some point!
Safety: the melts are oil-based which will make the tub slippery. Place the melt in an area that you’re not stepping every three seconds and be careful!
These DIY shower melts without citric acid are an easy fix for that congested feeling we get all too often in the colder months. Using only four ingredients they’re simple to whip up and the essential oils have been shown to help provide some relief. Whip up a batch of the homemade shower steamers for congestion and store them in your fridge (along with some DIY cough drops) so that you have them when you need them!