Tis the season for stuffy noses! Fa la la la la, la la…Ah-choo! The classic cold. That pesky influenza virus. And my personal favorite, sinus infections. All of these friendly, little germs will likely make an appearance at your annual Christmas party. These decongestant shower melts combine the soothing properties of VapoRub with the benefits of essential oils like peppermint and eucalyptus. Add in some good, old-fashioned steam and the snot doesn’t stand a chance. So if you’re suffering from a stuffy nose or just looking for a thoughtful holiday gift, check out these refreshing shower melts!
Decongestant Shower Melts
Makes: 10 shower melts
Time: 15 minutes (+2 hrs set time)
- 1 cup corn starch
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 3.53 oz VapoRub
- 10-20 drops Breathe essential oil (or a mix of eucalyptus and peppermint oils)
- Food coloring (5 drops blue & 1 drop green)
- In a large bowl, mix together the corn starch and baking soda with a spoon.
- Add the VapoRub, essential oil, and food coloring to the bowl. Put on a pair of disposable gloves and use your hands to mix and knead the ingredients together. If the scent is too strong, open a window or turn on a fan. The consistency should be like play-doh when thoroughly mixed.
- Line a standard muffin tin with cupcake liners. Press a large spoonful of the mixture into each liner. You can also use other plastic or silicone molds.
- Place the shower tablets in the freezer for a couple of hours before removing them from the tin and cupcake liners.
- To use, place a shower melt on the floor of the shower, near the drain, before turning on the shower. Important Note: VapoRub contains petroleum, which may make the shower floor slippery, so be careful!
Ahh…Smell that minty, eucalyptus-y goodness! Is it weird that I kinda love the smell of VapoRub? It reminds me of my grandma’s house. 😄 If you’re giving these shower melts as a present, there are a couple different ways that you can wrap and present them. First, I highly recommend individually wrapping the melts in tissue paper. This will keep the melts from crumbling and making a mess everywhere. Plus it adds a touch of elegance!
At this stage, you could put the shower melts in a gift bag and call it good. Or you could take it one step further and tie up a stack of 5 or so melts into a cute, little parcel.
Once again, you could stick a parcel of shower melts in a gift bag and call it good. I decided I wanted to wrap my parcels of shower melts so that they looked like British Christmas crackers. A Christmas cracker is basically just a cardboard tube and a cracker strip wrapped in colorful paper. Inside the tube is usually a small gift, a paper crown, and a cheesy joke. Two people pull on the ends of the tube, the cracker pops, and whoever is left holding the center of the cracker gets the prize.
The first step is to wrap a large rectangle of colorful wrapping paper around the stack of shower melts. Use double-sided tape to secure the overlapping edge. At this stage, you should have a tube of wrapping paper encasing the shower melts.
Nest, use ribbon to cinch in the wrapping paper on both ends of the stack of shower melts. You may need to use your fingers to pinch the paper together so you have a nice, tight knot. Try not to crumple the outer edges of the paper. You can actually use the empty bottle of VapoRub to help the outer ends hold their shape while you tie the knots.
And there you have it–a cute, little Christmas cracker stuffed with stuffy nose kryptonite. I love how whimsical and festive they look! If you want make them even more like traditional Christmas crackers, add a handmade paper crown and a slip of paper with a joke to each one before wrapping. 🎁
What are some your tricks for dealing with a stuffy nose? Let me know in the comments below! Share this post with your friends and the good karma will instantly take one stuffy nose off your yearly allotment. 😉