Fall is here and winter is coming! There will be cider and holidays, snuggles by the fire and more. As the weather turns, our outdoor activities become mostly indoor excursions, and you know what that means?
This time of year, we have several roller bottles and a high quality diffuser working full time in our home, as well as go-to oils for supporting the immune system. Lately, in addition to our Immune Bomb recipe, I’ve been trying some new ways to help us cope when head and chest colds do hit!
When my sinuses are full and the hacky grackies (as my husband calls them) have settled into my throat and lungs, there’s nothing better than a hot shower. The steam loosens things up already, so why not add some essential oils to the mix with some aromatherapy shower tabs!
Aromatherapy Shower Tablets: The Ingredients
Aromatherapy shower tabs are so easy to make. You just need baking soda, water, essential oils, and some kind of mold to form them. The nice thing about them is that you can easily change up the essential oils for your needs. I like to make small tablets and then use one with an Immune Blend and one with Frankincense, but here are more options:
- For the kids: Lavender and Lemon or Chamomile is a perfect blend, or try them individually
- Breathing Issues: Try Eucalyptus and Frankincense, Rosemary and Lavender, or a sinus blend
- Head and Neck Pain: I love Lavender and Frankincense, and Peppermint is also a good choice
Aromatherapy Shower Tablets: DIY Directions
1. Add the baking soda into a bowl and add water a little at a time until you form a thick paste. The recipe has some measurements I tested for you, but eventually I just started winging it.
2. Spoon the paste into the mold of your choice and level it out. It settles down to a flatter surface on it’s own. I use silicone mini donut pans or muffin pans. Silicone is the easiest to work with but you can also use metal pans with liners or try coating the forms with coconut oil first. This one would be great to use.
3. Bake at 350 until fully dried (and not as flaky), usually 15-25 minutes depending on the size of your form.
4. When you’re ready for your shower, add 1-2 drops of the oil you plan to use onto the tablet and then place in your shower. I usually place 2 of them on the side or toward the back where they will get wet but not be in the direct stream.
5. You can also mix the oils into the baking soda paste before drying, but in that case it is best not to bake them as it may affect the oils. You can experiment with the amount of oil in your batch, but generally 30 drops per 3 cups of paste is about right. Add 10 drops of each of the singles/blends you want to include, mix it well, and then spoon into your molds. Let dry for 2-3 days and then pop them out and store them.
6. You can store tablets in a glass or plastic sealed container. Just make sure they are completely dried out first! Added to a pretty mason jar they can make a lovely gift as well. Enjoy!
3 cups baking soda
Up to 1 cup of water (until a thick paste forms)
12 drops essential oils
- Add water to baking soda a little at at time (up to 1 cup) until a thick paste forms. Add more baking soda if the mix is too wet. It will dry faster with less water!
- Add up to 12 drops of essential oils and mix well (or you can add the essential oils on after they dry).
- Let air dry for 2-3 days until fully dry and hard. If you didn't already add essential oils, you can bake the tablets at 350 for 15-25 minutes depending on the tablet size. Then add 1-2 drops of oil just before your shower.
- When completely dried out, store in a sealed glass or plastic container.
- Keep out of the direct stream of water in the shower. They will last between 1-2 showers.
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