Shower melts are like bath bombs for the shower. They are a small tablets that sit on the floor of the shower and release soothing essential oils into the steam, as they melt. They can soothe congestion and elevate your mood, restoring clarity and soothing irritability quickly. When you don’t have time to sit in a warm tub, try these DIY shower melts for soothing relief.
I’ve been coughing and hacking for a little over a week. My friends tell me this has been “going around”. I don’t really feel sick any more except for the cough. I made these shower melts to give me quick relief. Even just making them and breathing in the herbs and essential oils helped a lot.
When you are coughing and stuffy the soothing steam from the shower can soothe the congestion and make you feel better fast. Add essential oils to the steam and you have a DIY aromatherapy experience that can lift your mood, soothe your aches and pains, and have you feeling yourself again quickly.
Shower melts are fun to add to a wellness gift basket, too. Make a dozen in just a few minutes, using this simple technique. Finish them in a low oven, while you are doing other things. It couldn’t be easier.
Shower Melts for Cold and Flu Relief
Yield: 1 dozen
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup Himalayan salt
- 1 tablespoon rosemary, dried, powdered
- 1 teaspoon menthol crystals, crushed
- 30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 30 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 40 drops rosemary essential oil
- 2 tablespoons lavender hydrosol or warm water
Add rosemary and menthol crystals to a mortar and crush to a fine powder. Turn out into a 1 quart bowl. Add baking soda and salt. Stir well to blend. Add essential oils. Stir well to blend. Add hydrosol or water. Stir to combine. Place 12 cupcake liners in a muffin tin. Add 2 tablespoons of the salt mixture to each cupcake liner. Press the mixture firmly into cupcake liner using the back of a spoon or the end of a kraut pounder (my preferred method). You can add herbs to the top of the shower melt, for decoration, before pressing the salt firmly into the cupcake liner.
Place cupcake tin in a 250F oven. Bake for 60 minutes. Turn off oven. Allow the oven to cool to room temperature naturally. The shower melts will continue to harden as they cool.
Pop the shower melts out of muffin tin, keeping the paper liners intact. Once cooled to room temperature, these shower melts can be stored in a wide mouth mason jar with a tight fitting lid. They will keep for several months.
Remove the shower melt from the paper liner. Place a naked shower melt on the floor of the shower, in the front corner, outside of the direct shower stream. You want it to get wet, but not so wet that it all washes down the drain at once.
The water from the shower will slowly release the essential oils aroma into the air so that you can breathe it. It is the fragrance from the shower melt that relieves congestion and makes you feel better.
(If you are making these for children leave out the menthol crystals. They can be overpowering for young ones.)
Place the shower melts in a wide mouth pint jar. Each jar will hold 6 to 7 shower melts. Tie up the jar with a bow. These uplifting shower tablets are also fun to make. Consider making a double batch of each kind and include them in your spa therapy gift basket.
Add these shower melts to a wellness basket for a thoughtful gift.
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