I’m one of those lucky people who has some pretty suck allergies. My biggest issue is I’m allergic to dogs and I refuse to give up my Freya. So, instead I get to wake up every single morning with a stuffy nose. Some days are worse than others, depending if she sleeps on the bed with me or if she’s in the middle of a shed.
Quite frequently I use a Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Stress Relief Roll-on from Bath and Body Works that my sister Bonnie gave me a couple of years ago when I was suffering with a pretty bad cold. It magically helps clear my sinuses and will calm a harsh cough in the matter of minutes. It’s amazing stuff. However, like all of my favorite B&BW products, it is now discontinued. I’ve had this for a while now so I figured it was about time I started trying to figure out another suitable option.
About a month and a half ago I found a DIY for Vicks Vapor Shower Disks by Sarah of Frugal By Choice. Not thinking at all, I asked for the Essential Oils for Christmas and was forced to wait & see if I got them as a gift before I purchased them. I ordered them immediately as soon as I found out they weren’t one of my fabulous gifts.
Saturday afternoon I received my lovely little vials of essential oils in the mail so I had to make the shower disks right away.
So, I gathered all my supplies. A box of baking soda, essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary), a measuring cup for water, and a bottle of Merlot.
Okay, I really didn’t need the bottle of Merlot but I figured it would help if I was sad because I wrecked the disks.
I dumped the box of baking soda in a bowl like so:
Then I added water. I started with 1/2 cup then slowly added a little more (about another 1/4 cup) until it was thick & paste-like. However, I may have added a tiny bit too much water because it took closer to 24 hours for the disks to harden. I’ll probably go about a tablespoon or so less next time.
Then I added 15 drops of each essential oil, mixed it well and divided it up into lined cupcake tins.
It didn’t take long at all to whip these up and they were super inexpensive. I used one in the shower this morning. I normally take long showers (15-20 minutes) and it was only about 1/2 gone when I was done and it smelled ah-mazing!
* Note: I did enjoy a glass of wine when I was finished anyway to congratulate myself on a project well done!