I’m continuing the weekly theme idea this week…it’s Feel Better Week! With the flu epidemic sweeping the country, I’m sure you know someone who’s in need of a little comfort. I hope it’s not you, and did you hear that? It’s me knocking frantically on wood to keep our little family healthy.
Have you tried those Vicks’ Vapor Disks for the shower? They are ah-mazing when you’re congested. They’re also a little pricey for something that’s just going to wash down the drain! You won’t believe how simple they are to make at home, though.
All you’ll need is baking powder, some essential oils, and cupcake liners. Oh, and a bowl and some water. And a spoon. I used eucalyptus and lavender on the first ones, then I found rosemary oil at the pharmacy and added it, as well, to the ones we hadn’t used yet.
I first saw this idea last winter at Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity and kept it in the back of my brain for this year’s cold season.
To make your own disks:
1. Combine 3 cups baking soda and 1 cup water in a bowl and stir until blended. This will yield about 12 disks.
2. Place your cupcake liners in a muffin tin and fill about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or so, until they’re dried out.
3. Drop 3-4 drops each of eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary oils on each tablet and store them in an airtight container. I used a large rectangular plastic box.
4. To use them: Place in the bottom of the shower and inhale while showering…the warmer the water, the better, as it releases the vapors in steam.
I gave these as a gift to my favorite GI for Christmas. Here’s how I packaged them:
Another option, if you don’t have time to make the disks and want some stuffiness gone NOW, is to simply simmer a few drops of each oil in some water on the stovetop. I often do this on winter mornings, when everyone stumbles downstairs groggily sniffing and snuffling. It clears us right up and is an energizing start to the day. Thanks to my friend Sarah who shared this idea a couple of years ago.