“Breathe Easy” Shower Disks To Blast Away Congestion


Prep Notes


Being sick is no fun, but the stuffy nose that often comes with it can really put a dent in your day. Conventional decongestants work by masking your body’s symptoms, and often have unwanted side effects attached. Symptoms range from restlessness and trouble sleeping, to vomiting, headaches and even seizures. Skip the questionable drugs, and use these eucalyptus shower disks to promote clear breathing instead.


Shower disks may be little, but they really pack a punch. You can customize the essential oils used in them, depending on the aromatherapy benefits you need. Most DIY products keep the essential oil concentration in the .5-2% range. Since these shower disks won’t be put on the skin though, it’s totally safe to use a higher amount, and you really need to in order to be able to smell them. No one wants to spend time on a project that doesn’t work as intended, so please don’t skimp on the essential oils here.


Ingredients


  • 1.5 cups Baking soda (360 grams) (available here)
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder (available here) or cornstarch powder (available here)
  • 2 tbsp and 1 tsp water
  • eucalyptus essential oil (60 drops) (available here)
  • peppermint essential oil (40 drops) (available here)


Equipment:

  • Small glass bowl
  • Silicone mold or muffin tin
  • Fork
  • Airtight storage container


Directions


  1. Pour the baking soda into a small glass bowl, and add the essential oils. Use a fork to break up any lumps from the baking soda, and to mash the essential oils in.
  2. Sprinkle the water over top of the baking soda mixture and use your hands or a fork to combine.
  3. Firmly press the mixture into your favorite molds, or a muffin tray. Let your shower disks dry overnight, then gently pop them out of the molds.
  4. Store in an airtight container. To use, place one in the shower and enjoy the aroma. You want to put your shower disk where the water will just barely hit it, but not directly under the shower head. The edge of the tub, or the soap dish are great locations. This way the disk will be closer to your nose and won’t just wash down the drain in 30 seconds.


Notes


To experience the full benefit of essential oils, it’s vitally important you purchase pure and high quality oils. Some rogue sellers offer adulterated products made with artificial fragrance to smell like essential oils – but these adulterated products contain none of the benefits and likely a host of harmful toxins and chemicals.

My favorite supplier of 100% pure essential oils is Plant Therapy. They offer a huge selection of oils at affordable prices and with free shipping and free returns for up to 90 days.

You can browse their entire collection – including every essential oil mentioned in this article – on their official site here. 

Or you can find them on Amazon.