Shower steamers are petite pods of joy that you place in your shower away from any direct hit from the water.
I place mine in a soap dish or on the tub ledge. As the steam fills the shower, the aroma is released, providing you with sensational smells and, depending on the ingredients, nasal and chest relief.
Here's what you need to make a batch of about 16 Cold & Sinus Steamers:
*Menthol Crystals - these are the most important ingredient, as they help release the aromas so you won't have to add so much essential oils (which gets expensive).
*Peppermint and Eucalyptus Essential Oils- I began making my essential oils recipes with an Aromatherapy Starter Kit. It's less expensive overall, and you have a collection of oils with which to experiment.
* Baking Soda
* Witch Hazel in a Spray Bottle
* Isopropyl Alcohol (I used 70%).
* Silicone Molds - My daughter and I decided on simple round molds, and learned this size exactly measures the same as a 1/4 cup measuring spoon. We used the measuring cup really pack the ingredients into the mold. It worked perfectly! See the video below for further clarification.
Uplifting Cold/Sinus Shower Steamers:
* 1 cup Baking Soda
* 1/3 cup Citric Acid
*1/4 cup Cornstarch
* 4 tsp. ground Menthol Crystals
*20 drops peppermint essential oil
*20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1. Combine baking soda, citric acid crystals and cornstarch in a bowl. Whisk gently until combined.
2. Grind the menthol crystals into small pieces. I used a mortar & pestle and ground them into a fine powder, which made the next step a lot easier.
3. Dissolve menthol crystals with the essential oils and a bit of isopropyl alcohol if needed to help dissolve.
4. Pour the dissolved menthol/essential oils into the bowl with your powders.
5. Using a wisk, mix until combined.
6. At this point, you can leave the mix white - which I did for the Cold/Sinus Steamers - or you can add color.
Scroll down to Step 8 to see how to add color.
7. Once all your ingredients are mixed, add moisture by spraying it with the Witch Hazel. Add just enough moisture to the mix that when you squeeze a handful together, it holds its shape once you let go.
We made our mix a tad more on the wet side, which took longer to dry, but we were left with very solid pods that were much easier to remove from the silicone mold. See the video below on how we packed the pods into the mold.
We used yellow, and red-orange Water Soluble Dye and added about 10 drops of color for each batch.
Here's a close-up of the finished pods:
After drying, we gently pushed up on the silicone mold to release the pod. Prior to wrapping, we place a few drops of essential oil to the bottom of each pod. Then we wrapped them individually in plastic wrap.
Each pod was then placed in a clear bag for gift giving. I found my clear bags at Michaels in the cake decorating section.
This was a winter craft project that my daughter and I really enjoyed - and the kitchen smelled amazing!
We will continue perfecting our recipes and see what else we can come up with!