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.

Image Credit: Miaira Jennings
Image Credit: Miaira Jennings
Image Credit: 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.

Image Credit: Miaira Jennings
Image Credit: Miaira Jennings
Image Credit: 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.

Image Credit: Miaira Jennings
Image Credit: 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 Credit: 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!

Image Credit: Miaira Jennings
Image Credit: Miaira Jennings