Cold and flu season can take a toll on all of us- even if you’re not the one getting sick! Anyone that’s been up all night with a sick little one knows all too well how it feels to be left just as tired and run down as the one with the cough and sniffles. While you may not be fighting the symptoms of illness, you’re definitely fighting to stay awake- which can make the workday ahead of you seem like a battle. Whether you find yourself in a similar situation, or you yourself have fallen prey to the nasty flu virus, vapor discs are an excellent way to clear your head, clear your sinuses, and give you that boost of energy you’ll need to make it through your day.
Did you know how easy they are to make at home? And even better- chances are you have most of the ingredients sitting right in your kitchen pantry! The great thing about making your own vapor discs is that you can customize the essential oil blends for exactly the purpose you plan to use them for. Headaches, colds, energy boosts, or a little relaxation at the end of a long day- a vapor disc tossed in the shower is an easy way to get exactly what you need. The base recipe is simple and the finished products can be kept in an airtight container for later use.
1 Cup Baking Soda (aka Sodium Bicarbonate)
1/3 Cup Water
Mix together the baking soda and the water, forming a paste (this may be lumpy but don’t worry- the lumps will settle). Scoop the mixture into your silicone mold and let cool. Once cool, add one of the following essential oil blends to the top of each disc.
Cold Relief Blend
6-8 drops (per disc) Peppermint Essential Oil
6-8 drops (per disc) Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Headache Relief Blend
3 drops (per disc) Lavender Essential Oil
3 drops (per disc) Peppermint Essential Oil
3 drops (per disc) Chamomile Essential Oil
1 drop (per disc) Rosemary Essential Oil
1 drop (per disc) Peppermint Essential Oil
2 drops (per disc) Cinnamon Essential Oil
1 drop (per disc) Chamomile Essential Oil
2 drops (per disc) Lavender Essential Oil
2 drops (per disc) Sandalwood Essential Oil
To use, simply place a disc in the bottom of the shower before turning on the water. Allow the water to run for a few minutes prior to stepping in so that the vapors have an opportunity to fill the shower. Step in, breathe deeply, and enjoy!