‘Tis the time of year for stuffy, runny noses and sinus congestion. Viruses are making their rounds and the cold weather is making us turn up the heat in our homes, which dries out everything, including us. None of these do great things for our sinuses. And if you’ve ever had severe sinus pain or congestion, you know how awful that is!
Thankfully there are things you can do to help relieve sinus pain and pressure! These Sinus Relief Bombs are fantastic for that! You simply drop one in the bottom of your shower or tub and as it dissolves, it releases its sinus-helping essential oils.
The great thing about making these yourself if that you have ultimate control over what ingredients are going into them, meaning you can avoid toxic chemicals, like endocrine disruptors, that are found in many mass-produced products.
These bath boom use a combination of essential oils that help to relieve nasal congestion:
Eucalyptus essential oil is a great oil to use when your sinuses are bothering you. It helps to clear nasal and sinus congestion, acting much like menthol. It acts on receptors in the nasal mucous membranes, which leads to less stuffiness. Eucalyptus essential oil also has antispasmodic and antimicrobial properties.
Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, which has decongestant properties. It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and expectorant properties.
Lavender essential oil is naturally anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and has analgesic properties.
Chamomile essential oil has a great range of benefits. In this application, it has great antiseptic properties as well as anti-allergic and sedative properties, which can be helpful if your sinus pain and pressure is making it hard to sleep.
DIY Sinus Relief Bombs
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/8 cup water
- 1 tablespoon chest rub relief
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5-10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 5-10 drops chamomile essential oil
- 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Natural food coloring (if desired, but not a must)
- Bath bomb molds, ice cube tray or soap mold
Add the baking soda, cornstarch and citric acid to a glass bowl and mix well.
Add the water to the mixture very slowly. I suggest adding one tablespoon at a time and stirring the mixture well after each tablespoon is added.
When you can shape the mixture with your hands and it holds together, it is done. If the mixture is still not holding together, add water a small amount at a time until it does.
Add the chest rub relief to your bowl and stir. Next add in all of your essential oils and combine until all are well incorporated.
If you are using food coloring, add that now. Mix everything together well. You can use a hand mixer or a wooden spoon or whisk.
Pack the mixture tightly in the bath bomb mold or the mold of your choice. Press down hard on the mixture to ensure that it forms a tight ball.
Be sure not to touch your mouth or eyes until after you have finished this step and washed your hands.
Remove the bath bomb from the mold and carefully set the ball on a parchment paper. Allow it to air dry overnight.
Once it’s completely dry, they are ready to use!
To use: add one Sinus Relief Bomb to your shower or tub to relieve sinus pressure or a stuffy nose.
Store the bath bombs in an airtight container.
DIY Sinus Relief Bombs Creation