Monday , December 5 2022

Ease the overload with these DIY eucalyptus shower steamers

These DIY shower steamer have eucalyptus to relieve congestion and relieve the symptoms of the sinuses. Make a double or triple batch and prepare yourself throughout the winter with this shower steamer recipe!

Yes, it’s cold and flu season again. In those early years when my little man was in daycare, he brought every single virus in the world home to share with me. During those years I became a bit of a cold connoisseur. There’s the cold and the whopper and everything in between. Some have sinus headache, sore throat, cough, and other inconveniences.

For me, the worst symptom is an overload. If it feels like someone has poured cement into my sinuses and I can’t breathe at all, I just want to crawl out of my body. Fortunately, this is no longer necessary since I have finally found an effective, natural way to relieve congestion symptoms!

Eucalyptus shower steamer

Many years ago I had such a terrible cold in the sinuses that I could not sleep at night. My doctor suggested an herbal sinus steam with eucalyptus and lavender to relieve the pressure. You know, the head-in-a-bowl-with-a-towel-over-you method. What, I have to say, works miracles. It was a Game changer for my family.

My experience of steaming with plant material started with my doctor’s simple recommendation to try facial steam to clear my sinuses. I decided to add some dried lavender buds from my garden and found that the steam did a fantastic job cleaning up my sinuses.

I also enjoyed the scent of lavender. Using dried herbs is also a great way to add plant properties to the steam. I add dried plants to these shower steamer recipes so that these volatile oils can be released in the steam. You may not be able to smell them, but again your body absorbs what it needs very effectively. Steam and the gentle fragrance to get the job done, and your body and mind will thank you.

Although I love this sinus cleansing method, I don’t always have the same severity of constipation, nor the time and patience and time to sit upside down over a bowl of steam for 30 minutes a day. Cold or not cold, life has to go on! That’s why I love using the DIY shower steamer method to inhale herbs and steam.

They’re easy to make, and refreshing and soothing when showering in the shower, which helps me get going every day. Now my daily routine includes aromatherapy shower steamer and I am grateful for the uncomplicated and uncomplicated relief. You will love her too!

Flower-shaped shower steamer with eucalyptus leaves in the background.

Why you should use eucalyptus in this shower steamer recipe

In my opinion, eucalyptus is the best option for a shower steamer that has been specially developed to combat cold and flu symptoms. Indeed, a Study 2010 found that eucalyptus essential oil “contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal components and has long been used against colds, influenza, other respiratory infections, rhinitis and sinusitis”.

Do you know that your parents rubbed their chests when you were sick as a child? This characteristic smell comes from eucalyptus and menthol. It has proven itself! This gives you a more direct, more natural form of the oil.

Flower-shaped shower steamer with eucalyptus leaves in the background.

How to make shower steamer

Ready for this project? I recommend double or triple this batch if you have a common cold in the winter months or if you have a large family. You won’t feel like doing this (or anything) if you’re overworked. So plan accordingly!

If you have a little more, you can be the really great friend of mine who comes by with handmade eucalyptus shower steamer when someone is in need.

Materials:

Eucalyptus essential oil between two shower steamer

Do it!

Mix citric acid and baking powder in a bowl. Add the essential oil and mix it in well with your hands.

Pour the witch hazel into the spray bottle and spray a little on the powder mixture. Mix the witch hazel quickly with your hands, spray a little over it, mix again and repeat the process until the mixture is easy to pack up. Make sure it doesn’t get too wet, otherwise the mixture will begin to bubble.

Woman wearing gloves and making shower steamer.

Scoop the mixture into the molds one at a time and wrap them tightly to hold them together.

Woman shaping shower steamer while wearing gloves.

Woman pushing shower steamer mix into solid mold.

Once all of the molds are filled, turn them on a clean, hard surface and tap the floor to release the steamer. Let it dry for at least 24 hours before use.

Woman demolding shower steamer

Place one of them on the shower floor. When you let the warm water run, the steamer bubbles and melts and releases soothing eucalyptus into the steaming air.

Frequently asked questions about this DIY shower steamer project

I made this eucalyptus shower steamer for the first time in 2012. I am thrilled that so many of my readers have made this recipe and have found relief with cold symptoms! I have also received a number of questions over the years, so I wanted to address them here.

Eucalyptus shower steamer in a row,

How strong is the fragrance?

These aromatherapy shower steamer act like mini diffusers that allow you to fill the steam of your shower for an aromatherapy experience. Whether it is about the properties of the essential oils or just about enjoying the aroma, I have formulated these aromatherapy shower steamer with the right balance of essential oils so that they are not overwhelming.

You will definitely be able to smell eucalyptus when you make and use this shower steamer. The scent should, however Not be overwhelming.

There have been some questions or comments from readers saying that the aroma isn’t strong enough for them as it doesn’t clear their sinuses as they hoped. For this purpose, there are other recipes that contain menthol crystals. I personally do not use menthol crystals because they are very strong and require careful monitoring. I prefer the much gentler method of distributing essential oils in the recommended dilutions.

If you work with pure essential oils, a little is enough. Each of these shower steamer contains only a few drops of eucalyptus, and that’s all you need! If you put too much, your eyes will water and the scent can become incredibly overwhelming.

In fact, the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy recommends keeping the dilution at 0.5-2%. As I said … a little goes a long way!

Will this make my shower floor slippery?

A friendly reader feared that these eucalyptus shower steamer could make the floor of her shower slippery due to the baking soda. I personally have a stone shower, so I had no problems slipping. However, if you have a smooth shower surface, I would recommend one non-slip bath mat get up.

Can I use silicone molds instead of plastic or metal?

In short, no.

The reason for this is simply that they are too soft to really pack the ingredients tightly. I will say that not all shapes are the same. IKEA’s soft plastic ice cube tray, which looks like silicone, is firm enough to work properly.

The soft candy shapes and soft cupcake shapes that flutter around when you don’t put them on a tray are just too soft to squeeze the ingredients together enough to form properly. When you use a soft silicone, your ingredients don’t take shape – they have crumbs instead of a hard shape!

Here are some of my favorite metal molds that I want to try with this project:

If you have any further questions about this project, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Have fun crafting your DIY shower steamer! 🙂 🙂

two shower steamer with eucalyptus leaves in the background.

Other cold-fighting projects:

DIY shower steamer with eucalyptus

These DIY shower steamer have eucalyptus to relieve congestion and relieve the symptoms of the sinuses. Make a double or triple batch and prepare yourself throughout the winter with this shower steamer recipe!

manual

How to make the DIY shower steamer:

  • Mix citric acid and baking powder in a bowl.
  • Add the essential oil and mix it in well with your hands.
  • Pour the witch hazel into the spray bottle and spray a little on the powder mixture.
  • Mix the witch hazel quickly with your hands, spray a little over it, mix again and repeat the process until the mixture is easy to pack up. Make sure it doesn’t get too wet. If it starts to bubble, you’ve added too much.
  • Scoop the mixture into the molds one at a time and wrap them tightly to hold them together.
  • Let it dry for at least 24 hours before use.

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