Homemade Vicks Shower Soothers
The original DIY homemade Vicks Shower Tablets recipe uses essential oils to help clear your sinuses and soothe your cold symptoms.
Have you seen the commercials for the Vicks Vapor shower tablets thingies? You put one of these disks in your shower, and voila thanks to the vapors in it, you’re magically healed, your cold is gone, and your face is shockingly free of snot.
I always used to watch the “Noxema girl” splashing water on her face in those commercials and wondered how she was able to wash her face without being completely overrun with boogers. I’m the only one? Yes? I’m stuck in the 90’s? Ok, moving along then…
Regardless, Vicks makes these things and I’m sure they’re super expensive for something that is just going to wash down your drain.
You know where I’m going with this, right?
I made them myself.
The idea started a few weeks ago when my sweet little nephew Parker came down with Croup for like the 1,438th time. My sister mentioned that they were taking long steamy showers with him to try to clear out his lungs. My brain started churning and I thought “surely there can be something they could add to the shower to help him even more”. Homemade Vicks Vapor shower disk thingies were born.
And they couldn’t be any simpler.
The oils I buy from Plant Therapy have worked well for me and I use the rosemary, lavender, and eucalyptus oils in these shower tabs. I do not sell essential oils and am not part of any MLM organization. If you have an oil brand that you prefer, please feel free to use those!
These homemade Vicks Shower Tablets are wonderful to have around for cold and flu season, and I use them during the four months a year when my allergies are on full display. Homemade Vicks Shower Tablets are easy to store and make wonderful gifts for friends and family.
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An easy homemade way to make your own Vicks Shower Soothers to clear stuffy heads and clogged sinuses.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup water
- 15 drops (each) lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils
In a mixing bowl, combine baking soda and water until the mixture forms a thick paste. It should be so thick that you have some of the mixture on a spoon and turn it sideways, the paste would stick to the spoon.
Add 15 drops of each of the lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oil to the mixture. Scoop the paste into a muffin tin lined with muffin cups. I use these liners for all my baking because they're compostable and nothing sticks to them. Nothing!
Some people prefer to make these without the essential oils, and then add a few drops of each to the hardened disks just prior to using.
Bake at 250 degrees until hardened - about 25 minutes. Alternatively, you could set them out overnight for 12-18 hours. Store in an air-tight container until needed.
Remove from the paper liner prior to using, and place on the floor of your shower. Breathe deeply, and enjoy.
I'm not a doctor (nor a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker), so if you have any medical conditions, contact a medical professional.
This post on homemade Vicks Shower Tablets was originally published in March 2012. I’ve updated it in May 2017 to make the recipe printable.
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