I initially made these at the beginning of the year when I was 37 weeks pregnant and there was little for me to take to help with my sinus cold issues. Now I find myself back in the same position due to allergies and again my medicine options are limited because I am breast feeding. Plus, I prefer to try a natural way to help before turning to medication.
I decided I wanted to make sinus clearing bath bombs (also known as “Vicks” bath disks). No matter what you call them, I found them helpful in opening up your sinuses. I often used them in the shower just before bed, to give me a better night’s sleep. Plus my husband enjoyed the fact I was snoring a little less. Haha
After researching a few different recipes and I landed on one that I thought sounded easy to make and I had all the ingredients. I have recently started using essential oils more in my day to day life. I have been putting more focus on living a more natural life. It is a slow process, eliminating all the toxic chemicals that you are just accustom to having/using in your life. I started with the food I feed my family and myself, now I am focusing on how we clean our home and medicate ourselves. Luckily, a friend of mine introduced me to essential oils*, which is making my transition to more natural living easier. I’m getting a bit off track, but I’m thinking that topic will be a great blog series in the near future for Plaid, Pearls and Toddler stains. ;-D
Back to the bath bombs! Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 1 Cup of Baking Soda
- Essential oils: Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Lavender
- Measuring cup and mixing bowl
- Silicone molds or muffin tin with muffin cups
- About 1/3 C of water (I actually ended up using a little more than that)
Mix the Baking soda with water by gradually pouring the water in as you stir. You want a paste consistency (not too watery). I found that I needed about a tablespoon or two of water to get the correct texture. That’s why it’s a good idea to add water slowly, so that you can monitor it easier.
Once you have your paste, you can add in the essential oils. I aimed for about 10 drops each but that doesn’t have to be perfect. When I was adding these, I found that usually an extra drop or two fell as I was trying to count. I love this part because just leaning over the mixing bowl started making me feel better as I breathed in that sinus heavenly goodness!
Now that you have the oils mixed in, you can pour the paste into the silicone molds (see above pic) or muffin cups. They will need to dry, so let them sit out over night before trying to take them out of the molds. On my first attempt at these I made them too thin. They fell apart as I tried to take them out of the silicone cups. On my second attempt I made them thicker (at least 2 inches deep). They are less likely to break when removing them from muffin cups and they take longer to dissolve in the shower. This is what you want for the maximum effectiveness.
I store mine in a glass jar (Mason jar) with a lid, in hopes to keep their freshness. When I need help opening up my sinuses, I place one on the shower floor when I take a shower. Then I breathe in the goodness.
I hope this easy recipe inspires you to make your own sinus clearing bath bombs. If you do, please let us know what you thought and if you tried anything different in your recipe. For now I hope you all don’t suffer too much through this heavy allergy season and I look forward to hearing from you.
Plaid, Pearls and Toddler stains
*Please feel free to message me if you have more questions about essential oils. 🙂