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How To Make Homemade Shower Disks To Clear Congestion

Homemade Shower Disks To Clear Congestion

I’m a firm believer in the healing power of showers. No matter what the ailment, the steam and warm water always help me feel a bit better. But steam alone can only do so much, especially for respiratory issues.

Last year, I wrote a post about bringing fresh eucalyptus into the shower to help clear out congestion. I still love that idea, because who doesn’t love smelling fresh eucalyptus? (Plus it doesn’t hurt that it looks really pretty.)

Today’s project is a variation on the same idea, with the power turned up. I’m going to show you how to make your own shower disks, which are packed with congestion-clearing essential oils and  menthol. Right now is the perfect time to sit down and make these disks, so you’ll have them at the ready when cold and flu season hits.

Homemade Congestion-Clearing Shower Disks

You’ll need:

Homemade Shower Disks To Clear Congestion


Start by using a rolling pin to crush the menthol crystals into until they resemble a powder.

Homemade Shower Disks To Clear Congestion

Combine the baking soda, epsom salts, and powdered menthol crystals.

Homemade Shower Disks To Clear Congestion

Add a very small amount of water at a time, just until you it will stay clumped together when you pinch it.

Add the essential oils and mix thoroughly.

Homemade Shower Disks To Clear Congestion

Pack the mixture into the wells of your silicone mold, and press down hard on each one. You want to compress them as much as possible.

Let the disks dry in the mold overnight (or until they manage to dry out, if you live somewhere humid). Remove the disks from the mold and store them in an airtight container.

Homemade Shower Disks To Clear Congestion

How to Use Your Shower Disks

To relieve congestion, bring one of the disks into the shower with you and place it on the floor. The hot water and steam in the shower will diffuse the oils into the air, and you’ll be breathing easier in no time!

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  • Can you make these without the menthol crystals and just add extra essential oil instead? My husband actually has a cold right now but the only ingredient I’m missing is those. Would more Epsom salt be an ok substitute?

  • You know, I’ve been meaning to tell you how much I appreciate how you present your instructions for these projects. they are clear, concise. and numbered. You separate the steps; you show pictures of each step; and you clearly show links to where the necessary items may be purchased (I don’t get the impression that you’re getting compensation for doing so, but if you are, *shrug*). Thank you so much!

  • Love this site I have an envirocycle so need to be careful what products I use. My teenage sons and I also suffer allergies so the home made fabric conditioner is fabulous for us

  • I have never purchased essential oils. I would love to start collecting. I am clueless as to the best affordable options. I know they need to be real and I think food grade. I’m confused so any help would be appreciated.

    • I use sparks essential oils. I joined the oil of the month club for 15.99 a month. You get a 15ml bottle of a different essential oil every month. It’s an excellent and affordable way to collect your essential oils at a nominal price. Just check out sparks.com I’m so glad I did and have been with them for over a year………………………..

    • When we were selling our house I made the toilet bowl bombs. We had a check list and when a realtor would call for a showing, which was crazy often ( 23) in a week and we sold it in that week. All our bathrooms were very fresh and clean smelling and I can’t help but feel that each of the little things we did sold our house for virtually full price and so quickly allowing us to move nearer to our family. Thank you for another great tutorial. I’m betting that mixture might also be wonderful for not only clearing the airways but also helping you fall asleep more quickly. I think I’ll add a bit more of the lavender for that purpose. Thanks again.

  • I would like to try something like this with my grandsons who frequently are congested with colds. However they are young (5 and 6) and don’t like showers. Is there a way to use them when they take a bath?

  • You don’t say what size the molds are. When I clicked on the link that mold shape doesn’t come up and Amazon has so many different ones and different sizes. Any suggestions? Thanks-Love your posts!

  • Jillee I love these tablets, they work amazingly to clear up congestion. I do have another question. I have started taking 6 whole cloves of garlic each morning for health improvement. My problem is how to get rid of my garlic breath. I’ve tried flossing/brushing/mouthwash, using a stainless steel pod to run over my tongue, but nothing works. I love the benefits of garlic, but my family and friends can’t stand the breath. Do you have any fixes for this problem?

    • I made this recipe exactly. But, something is wrong. When I was making the Discs my head cleared and I felt great, but when I used the disc in the shower it did nothing for me. So I added the menthol to the discs and added just a bit of water to reshape the discs. Still nothing. I gave them for Christmas presents. People are going to report back to me how they worked for them. I may make more after that. What could be wrong? Also if you don’t need it will it still make a “mucus” ugh or will just nothing happen? It is such a good idea that I want it to work!!!

  • I love you site! Best accidental discovery ever. =)

    What if I just wanted these disks to make my shower smell nice when I’m not congested? Can I use something in place of the menthol crystals and not affect the finished product?

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