DIY Natural Shower Tablets for Cold & Flu Congestion

Summer is the time for fun in the sun, late nights with friends and memorable vacations, but catching a cold or the flu during this season can really put a damper on things. Luckily, these DIY tablets will help you clear that uncomfortable congestion ASAP. Made with all-natural ingredients, these homemade tablets provide a therapeutic, spa-like shower experience that will open up your sinuses and get you on your way to feeling (and breathing) like yourself again.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup baking soda

  • 1/3 cup Epsom salt (or sea salt)

  • Essential oils (eucalyptus, peppermint and tea tree work best)

  • Water

  • Bowl

  • Spoon

  • Ice tray or silicone mold

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Step 1: Mix Dry Ingredients

Add baking soda and Epsom salt or sea salt into the bowl and mix well until combined.

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(Image: Miaira Jennings)
(Image: Miaira Jennings)

Step 2: Add Water

Slowly add a few tablespoons of water at a time into the mixture and stir. Continue to add water until the mixture's texture becomes similar to wet sand, and can be held together firmly without crumbling.

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(Image: Miaira Jennings)
(Image: Miaira Jennings)

Step 3: Add Essential Oils

Add about 20 drops of each essential oil and thoroughly stir into the mixture. Eucalyptus, peppermint and tea tree oil work best for nasal congestion relief.

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(Image: Miaira Jennings)

Step 4: Fill Ice Tray

Firmly pack the mixture into each mold of the ice tray and leave the tablets to dry completely for at least 24 hours.

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(Image: Miaira Jennings)

Step 5: Add to Hot Shower

Once the tablets are dry, carefully pop them out of the ice tray and add 2-3 tablets to a nice, hot shower. The water and steam will cause the tablets to slowly melt and activate their aromatherapeutic properties, relieving your sinus congestion in no time!

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(Image: Miaira Jennings)