When a virus like the cold or flu hits your home, are you prepared? These viruses are inevitable, but a nuisance at best. Finding things that offer effective relief are essential. Relief from symptoms like congestion, sore throat, and more are the focus that you have when you’re suffering.
Viruses like this come with all sorts of symptoms, but the one that irritates me the most is the congestion and sinus pressure. Yes, the runny nose, coughing, and sneezing are annoying but the congestion is really what brings me down.
Cold and Flu Relief Solutions
A steamy shower is something that always helps me find relief is a shower, but why not take a shower or bath with some more effective relief. Some people use essential oils (which I do a lot of too), and others just take a steamy shower or bath for relief. Some others drink a cold fighting green tea which is delicious and soothing.
A few years ago, a friend of mine’s Mom told me that the most effective way to get rid of a cold is to drink lots of water and use saline nasal spray. That is one thing that I always keep in my medicine cabinet – saline nasal spray. Some others use NetiPots to get the saline through their nasal passages but I’ve found great relief from use the regular saline spray.
Warm compresses on the face where the sinuses are provide effective relief too especially when I lay down to take a nap or sleep for the night. Further, I also have a humidifier going in my room at all times but especially when I am sick.
Finally, the last thing that I find to be effective are these homemade vapor rub shower melts that I use when I am in the shower. I find that these are great for the shower before bed at night and when I first wake up.
With just a few simple ingredients, these Vapor Rub Shower Melts are a great product to have on hand for congestion relief. The recipe is below, so keep scrolling past my tips so that you can make these yourself.
These DIY Vapor Rub Shower Melts are something that I make each and every year, right before this season and have them on hand and ready to go for congestion relief.
How to Use
Place one vapor rub melt on your shower floor and allow the hot water to run over it. This will activate the vapors from the Vicks rub to cause a steam in your shower that will help ease a cold or congestion.
I find that its best if I put them either over my drain or in the corner of the shower. If you put it right under your feet, the floor may become slippery.
If you’re worried that the cornstarch in these will clog your drains, you don’t have to worry because of the amount of water that is flushing behind them when you use these.
The food coloring in these are optional. It will not stain your tub for the same reasons the cornstarch won’t clog your drains.
It is best to keep these melts in an airtight glass jar in your freezer until you’re ready to use them. They melt slower that way offering you effective relief from the congestion that comes with a cold or flu.
Make these easy Vapor Rub Shower Melts and keep them on hand when any virus or stuffy nose occurs. These are great to have on hand in the freezer for the relief you need when a cold strikes!
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the cornstarch, Vapor Rub and 4 Tablespoons of water. Stir well to mix the ingredients.
- If the mixture still seems too dry, add more water as needed (up to 6 Tablespoons) until a thick paste forms.
- Drizzle 3-4 drops of the blue and the green soap colorants into the mixture and stir until you achieve your desired color.
- Transfer the vapor rub paste into your silicone molds, filling up to the top of each mold.
- Freeze for 2 hours to allow the shower steamers to harden.
Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container or plastic Ziploc bag. I keep mine in the freezer until ready to use.
- Wilton Easy-Flex Silicone Baking
- Life of the Party Liquid Soap Colors, 0.25-Ounce Each Color, Red, Yellow, Blue, Lilac, Peach, Seafoam, Yellow, Turquoise and Lime
- Vicks VapoRub Chest Rub Ointment for Relief from Cough, Cold, Aches, and Pains, with Original Medicated Vicks Vapor, 6 oz (Pack of 2)
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