Decongestant Shower Melts ~ Breathe Easy

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1 Hour
I started making these Decongestant Shower Melts
a few years ago and they've become a winter staple ever since.
Everyone in my household prefers showers instead of baths, hence the Shower Melts versus Bath Bombs.

You can use this recipe for Bath Bombs also. I made some for my Son's girlfriend for Christmas. You can change up the scents of the oils and use a bath bomb mold or even a plastic Easter egg. I picked up a plastic ornament that came apart in the middle at the Dollar Store and used that for my Bath Bomb Mold. icon
You'll need:

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid (located in the canning aisle)
1/2 cup Epsom Salts
1 teaspoon water
2 teaspoons Peppermint essential oil
1 teaspoon Eucalyptus essential oil
1 teaspoon Coconut oil
food coloring ~ your choice/optional

Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them evenly with the whisk.
In the jar, mix the liquid ingredients together.
This is when the Essential Oils, Coconut oil and your choice of food coloring are added. This is an important step!
I happened to choose blue.
Slowly add the liquid mixture to the dry mix, one small spoon at a time.
Once all the liquid is added you want to be sure to get the ingredients, 
food coloring, evenly mixed.
I found it was easier to get my hands in there to mix it up well.
Next you simply pack the mixture tightly into your mold.

Your mold can be anything.
I'm using a mini muffin tin. An ice cube tray, cookie cutter, jar lid, etc. could be used. You don't have to go out and buy a mold.
Once you have packed each mold tightly,  you'll probably want to scrape off the uneven top part.
I used the wrong side of a knife to just scrape the excess back into the bowl.

You do want to work rather quickly so the mixture does not dry out.
Once your mold is filled, place something that will fit over the mold. Now place it on top of your filled mold, invert it so your mold is now upside down on top.

Give each mold a slight tap
They all come right out.
Leave to dry/cure for 2 days.
You want them dry and hard.
Keep in a tightly sealed container.

This recipe make 17 small Decongestant Shower Melts.
Just drop one on the floor of the shower as you get in. They dissolve during your shower releasing essential oils to clear your congestion. Work like a charm and give you that much needed relief opening up your sinuses.
This jar was full.
I didn't take the photo quick enough after filling it.
Gonna have to make more!

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There's so much of the ingredients left over I can make many more, the estimated price reflects that.
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  • Suzzann Suzzann on Sep 15, 2018

    Can you put them in a low temperature oven to get them hard?

  • Shirley Shirley on Aug 17, 2020

    Does the food coloring stain the shower floor?

  • Sherry Clark Sherry Clark on Aug 18, 2021

    Is there a time limit before you can’t use them anymore? (Like they will not dissolve or smell funny…)

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  • Hor11819164 Hor11819164 on Aug 17, 2020

    I wouldn’t use coconut oil, it will clog the pipe. And please be careful, the oil makes the floor slippery.

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    • Karen Yantzie Eberhardt Karen Yantzie Eberhardt on Nov 25, 2020

      I use coconut oil daily when I shower and have for years. Have never had clogged drains and it’s a wonderful moisturizer.

  • Carol Carol on Sep 21, 2021

    These really would make lovely gifts. I might have to some for our son and his wife! Thank you for sharing.