If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you’d know that we spent last Christmas visiting family in California. I knew, after our first layover, that I was getting sick-I could feel the scratch in my throat. Sure enough, 2 days later, I didn’t have a voice. I tried so many different medicines and tricks to help with the, seemingly endless, laryngitis, but it just wouldn’t go away. A day or two after Christmas, we ended up going to an event that had several different street vendors. I happened to stop at one woman who was selling eucalyptus oil. She put a little in my hands, and had me breathe it in. Within seconds, I was able to hear my voice again. It was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen!
Aromatherapy, the practice of using aromatic oils from herbs and plants medicinally, is not new. In fact, some records of aromatherapy date all the way back to 16th century China. These shower melts utilize the amazing benefits of the oils of peppermint, eucalyptus, and oregano.
This autumn has been absolutely brutal on my husband, and many other allergy sufferers. He constantly finds himself congested, suffering from sinus headaches, and is finally getting over an unshakable sinus infection. These shower melts, combined with the steam of your hot shower, are guaranteed to see you finding some relief.
You will need:
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
Oregano, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Essential Oils (I used 30 drops of each)
splash of water
Combine your baking soda and Epsom salt until mixed well. Add water, you’re looking for a damp, easily packed texture, but not wet.
At the rate of 5 drops at a time, add your oils. (5 drops oregano oil then stir, 5 drops of peppermint oil then stir, etc…). Inhale the mixture after adding each oil, and customize recipe to your preference. I used 30 drops of each.
Pack the mixture into your mold. I used a mini muffin tray. Let sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours. After removing from mold, store in airtight container.
When you’re ready to use, place on the shower floor and enjoy the relief!
Why Peppermint Oil?
Because of the menthol, peppermint provides incredible relief for congestion and headache. During the 1800’s, menthol was introduced to the West as an herbal medicine. Today, it is widely used as a treatment for the common cold, upper respiratory infections, and even as a relief for allergies. Recently, scientists discovered menthol receptors in the human body and this was an absolute game-changer, promoting menthol “…from the realms of herbal medicine into the field of molecular pharmacology.”
Why Eucalyptus Oil?
Eucalyptus oil actually appears in many OTC medications, as it has long been recognized for its ability to relieve congestion. The University of Maryland has studied, and praised, the decongestant abilities that eucalyptus oil seems to have. Breathing in the steam of this oil has been shown to treat bronchitis, coughs, and even the flu!
Why Oregano Oil?
Oregano oil is classified as a “hot” oil. It is very important to dilute this oil before ingesting or applying to the skin, as it can cause irritation and discomfort. The reason this information is important, because the same aspects that make this oil unpleasant when placed directly on the skin, are also responsible for its intensive cleansing and purifying components. Oregano oil has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that, when inhaled, help with the swelling and irritation in the nostrils and sinuses. When these passageways are opened up, the mucus and infection is allowed to flow freely, which helps heal the infection, and prevent further discomfort.
Next time you’re feeling stuffy and sick, try a medicated shower instead! Be well.
Until next time,
Author: Savannah Baker
Savannah is a full-time mom of one, and can often be found outside on one of her various adventures. She enjoys carving her own path through natural and holistic living, as well as discovering ways to use food as medicine.