In February, the Library hosted a program on making your own cough remedies as part of our monthly series on DIY Homesteading.
The first remedy we made was something called "shower steamers" which are disks made of epsom salt, baking soda, and essential oils. To use, you place them in the bottom of your bathtub when you shower, and the scents should combine with the steam to bring relief to a sore throat, cough, or stuffy nose. Instructions are below!
- silicone mold
- 1/2 cup epsom salt
- 1 cup baking soda
- 8-10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 4 drops rosemary essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- water (1-4 tablespoons)
- 2 - 3 drops blue food color (optional)
1. Mix baking soda, and epsom salt.
2. Add food coloring if desired.
3. Add essential oils to mixture and a small amount of water and mix thoroughly until it clumps together when you hold it in your hand.
4. Pack the mixture firmly into the silicone mold and let dry 12-24 hours.
5. Remove from silicone molds and store in an airtight container away from moisture.
How to use: Place 1-2 disks in the shower with you and breathe in the vapors to help relieve congestion.