There’s nothing like entering a steam room and feeling immediate relief from congestion upon taking your first deep breath. The peppermint and eucalyptus, combined with the steam, help to calm the mind, relieve stress, and provide relief from colds or sinus troubles. Imagine if you could have that relief whenever you wanted, without leaving the house. As it turns out, you can.
Shower bombs, which are similar to bath bombs, fill the shower with pungent aromas from whichever essential oils that you put in them. This article focuses on shower bombs that contain peppermint essential oil, which is an excellent choice if you are feeling under the weather. Peppermint essential oil has the reputation of being one of the most versatile, beneficial oils out there, making it a great candidate for these shower bombs.
Tips For Making Shower Bombs
When you decide to make shower bombs, silicone molds will make your life so much easier. The flexibility of silicone molds allows for easy removal of the shower bombs, once they have hardened. This recipe uses peppermint essential oil, but you can use a combination of other oils that pique your interest. If you use a combination of three oils, only use 1-2 drops per oil. A great trio of oils is eucalyptus, cinnamon, and rosemary.
Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint has expectorant properties, helping to open airways, reduce congestion, clear out mucus, and reduce the pain of a sore throat. It also works to unclog sinuses by relaxing the muscles in the nasal passages. Additionally, peppermint essential oil helps to improve circulation to the brain, providing relief from tension headaches. The cooling sensation also helps to reduce nausea, and you may even find that these peppermint shower bombs help to relax sore muscles and reduce joint pain.
Benefits Of Baking Soda
Baking soda has many uses outside the kitchen, and it is a common ingredient in DIY beauty products. While you won’t be scrubbing these shower bombs on your body to reap the exfoliating properties of baking soda, your toenails will be absorbing the antifungal properties, which help to ward off nail fungus or infections. Try to purchase aluminum-free baking soda for the best results. One thing to keep in mind about baking soda is that too much is not good for your skin, especially sensitive skin. Don’t use these shower bombs in excess; allow at least a couple days between each use.
- ¼ cup filtered water
- 6 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 cup baking soda
- Combine the water and peppermint essential oil in small bowl and stir gently. Add the baking soda to a separate medium bowl and slowly pour in the water mixture, whisking as you pour. The goal is to have a dry, thick paste, but you can add a little more water if it is too dry.
- Spoon the paste into silicone molds and make sure that you pack them in to help them set. Let them dry completely at room temperature. This may take one or two days.
- Carefully remove the shower bombs from the molds and store them in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
- When ready to use, place the peppermint shower bomb in the corner of your shower once the water is hot. It will slowly start to break down as the water hits it. This is when you will smell the beautiful peppermint aroma.