Fall is the best! Except when you work for a university and everyone around you is getting sick. I started getting the sniffles last week, and decided to make a batch of shower steamers to help relieve my cold symptoms during a very busy and unmissable week at work. When activated with a hot shower, the shower steamers will help to relieve congestion and allow for easier breathing.
These are super simple to make, only 3 ingredients total, and can easily be stored in the freezer.
1 cup baking soda
3 tablespoons (or full small jar) of Vick’s Vapor Rub
2 tablespoons water
Medium sized bowl
1 ice cube tray or another mold of choice
Step 1: Mix together the Vick’s and the baking soda in a medium sized bowl. This will be a bit difficult at first, but the Vick’s will begin to soften after a minute or two of mixing. It’ll be a bit clumpy, and that is okay!
Step 2: Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix until a thick (not very wet) paste forms.
Step 3: Put baking soda paste into your ice cube tray or mold, pressing firmly to ensure there are no air gaps, or else the steamer may crumble when it is removed from the mold.
Step 4: Put ice cube tray or other mold into freezer for about 30 minutes, allowing paste to harden.
Step 5: Gently pop your steamers out of the molds, and put in an air tight container. Store the steamers in your freezer when they are not in use.
To use your steamer: Take a very warm shower, placing the steamer on the floor of your shower so that the water just barely hits the steamer. The warm water will dissolve the streamer, releasing the vapor rub into the air. Breathe deeply, relax, and let the vapors do their thing.