Easy Shower Melt Steamers for Colds and Sleep

5 Materials
25 Minutes

Did you ever have that stuffy cold and need some sleep? These shower melt steamers will help. I don't know about you, but I love a warm shower when I have a cold. The steam from the shower does help, but these easy steamer melts will take it to a new level.

Here's what you need. 2 cups of Baking Soda, 1/2 cup of water, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil and a silicone cupcake pan or other mold. (you can tell that mine has been well used.) This recipe will make 12 Shower steamer melts in this mold if they are about 1/2" - 3/4" thick.

The first step is to measure 2 cups of Baking Soda into a bowl.

Next put 1/2 cup of water (I used cold water) into a measuring cup. Add the essential oils. How much you use will depend on your oils. I used 5-6 drops of Eucalyptus and 3 drops of Lavender but you might need more. Do a smell test to see if you have enough in the mixture. Mix them to blend with the water, then pour it into the Baking Soda. Mix with a spoon or even your hands until it's all mixed together. If your mixture seems dry, you can add a little extra water.

Divide the mixture into 12 portions, then put them in the molds and press them down firmly. Smooth the tops with your fingers. Don't worry if the tops aren't perfectly smooth. They will still work. Next put the molds in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F. and let them "bake" for about 20 minutes. Take them out and let them cool. Once they are cool, you can carefully take them out of the mold and put them on parchment paper to finish drying. You can actually use one right away, if you need one NOW. They will get harder though if you let them dry outside of the mold for another day.

Last step is to pop one on the drain in the shower. As the water gets to the drain, it will melt the steamer and release the Eucalyptus and Lavender scents to help clear that stuffiness and help you sleep. You can use soap coloring with these if you want some color, but don't use food coloring because it might stain your shower. You can use any silicone mold that you have to dress them up and give them as gifts. How simple is that for a great gift? I'll bet a teacher would LOVE these!

I put a price of $2.00 on these but I had everything on hand. If you have to buy the essential oils, of course, the cost would seem like more, but you can make a lot of batches with those oils. The price of essential oils varies so it's difficult to come up with an exact price. The same is true with the molds. I got mine at a garage sale 4/1.00 and have used them hundreds of times.

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  • April Rose-Sharp April Rose-Sharp on Dec 24, 2019

    What brand of essential oils is the best?

    I have never bought any of the oils before. I just wanted to know what brand is the best with a reasonable price? Also best store/website to purchase? Please everyone give me your opinion! Thank you so much!

  • Nancy Vance Nancy Vance on Dec 24, 2019

    My husband want Vick’s vapor-rub in his shower. That should work too, shouldn’t it? Or maybe I could crumble a Vick’s cough drop into the mixture. 😉

  • Marilyn Marilyn on Dec 27, 2019

    Can u use a metal cake pan


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  • Bev Bev on Dec 18, 2020

    I am gonna try these...maybe add a few drops of peppermint.

  • Chris Keating-Ingelse Chris Keating-Ingelse on Dec 18, 2020

    What a great idea! I have seasonal allergies every season of the year! I'll really have to try this out!!! Thank you!

    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 18, 2020

      I hope this helps you. Another idea that I've used for allergies is a simple Neti pot used on a regular basis. It may not smell as good, but it does help.