These DIY Decongestant Shower Tablets are made with natural ingredients yet these homemade Shower Soothers more closely mimic the the original than most essential oil shower tablet recipes I’ve seen.
One of the most popular articles on my primary blog is a simple DIY Vick’s Shower Tablets recipe. Now, while most have had no issue with the recipe a few ran into problems or wanted an alternatives to the glitter or vapor rub used in those tablets. I developed this decongestant shower tablet recipe version last year, but never got around to posting it… now that this site is up it seemed the perfect place to share.
DIY Decongestant Shower Tablets: Solutions
The original recipe was not created by me, rather a contributor. Once it became popular, I did try making a batch and they worked fine in my shower, but a few readers ran into issues, so the new decongestant shower tablets recipe solves those issues.
- The vapor rub used in that version made the shower floor oily for some readers. While I didn’t find that myself, it was obviously my number one concern… the new shower tablet recipe contains no oil other than essential oils. They are actually quite dry after curing.
- No Freezing: these decongestant tablets require no freezing step. This recipe is made more like a highly concentrated bath bomb.
- Dissolvable, environmentally safe decoration. Nonpareils and/or sugar sprinkles are used to decorate these shower tablets rather than glitter. (You can skip them entirely if you prefer a more plain look.)
Homemade Decongestant Shower Tablets: Holiday Version
Simply swap out the pearlized blue sugar sprinkles for holiday ones or festive nonpareils.
Note: Though these DIY decongestant shower tablets are made much like a bath bomb, I do not suggest them for use in the bath. The essential oil concentration is purposely strong in order to create potent steam in the shower. Soaking in it would likely make you a bit smelly and peppermint essential oil in strong concentrations can be a bit uncomfortable on your… ahem… “delicate parts”. If showering is not an option, I suggest making the tablets roughly 1/4 the size and dissolving in a sink of very hot water. Inhale with a towel tented over you to trap the steam.
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DIY Decongestant Shower Tablets Recipe (Homemade Shower Soothers)
Easy recipe to make your own decongestant shower tablets at home and for gifts.
Yield: 10 tablets (1/4 cup each, pressed into standard size cupcake liners)
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/4 cup cornstarch
50 drops camphor essential oil
35 drops peppermint essential oil
35 drop eucalyptus essential oil
2 tsp water, try using a little less on humid days
Pearlized blue sugar sprinkles (or optional holiday sugar sprinkles or nonpareils)
- Mix together the baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch, then mix in the essential oils. Add the water while rapidly stirring to minimize reaction. Finally mix in a tablespoon of sprinkles. If using holiday sprinkles, do not add (color may bleed)
- Place ten cupcake liners in cupcake/muffin pan. If using Holiday sprinkles: Add sprinkles to bottom of each liner at this point. Scoop 1/4 cup of the decongestant tablet mixture and place in each liner.
- Press down mixture to create a relatively flat surface. Pay particular attention to tamping down the edges.
- Set aside to dry at room temperature for a few hours.
- Once dry and hard, remove each tablet from the liners, smooth off edges if needed, then store in airtight packaging such as shrink wrap bags or covered jar.