Have you seen all the recipes for shower melts circulating around on the web? The concept is brilliant. You mix a couple ingredients together to form a hard tablet that you can add essential oils to. Then, you place one in the bottom of the shower, and as the water melts it, the oils are released into the steam, so you breathe them in while you’re showering. It basically turns your shower into a giant diffuser. And that’s a great thing, if you’re looking for relief from congestion caused by sinus problems, allergies, a cold or the flu. Just scent your shower melts with essential oils that help to relieve congestion – peppermint and eucalyptus, for example — and by the end of your shower, you should start to feel some relief from all of that sinus pressure.
Like I said, it’s a brilliant concept, but the recipes I tried were less than brilliant. They all basically danced around the same idea of combining three parts baking soda with one part water. That combination will give you a tablet of sorts, but you either have to wait forever for them to air dry or bake them in the oven before you can use them. Then, once they’re dry, you have to be super careful with them because they crumble really easily. But the biggest problem by far is that they dissolve too fast to get all the diffuser benefits that you’re after. After looking at the comments on a bunch of blogs, I could see that other people felt the same way, so I decided to come up with my own recipe. [Read more…]