One of the worse parts of winter is how you get sick so easily! For me, I have an autoimmune disease so the moment someone within 5 miles of me has a cold, I catch it too! My son also has asthma and the moment he gets a cold, it turns into bad chest congestion. Needless to say I’m a bit crazy about germs and finding natural ways to stay healthy. Any Mom who has experienced their child not being able to breath understands why! It has to be the scariest thing ever! We have gone completely non toxic in our home which has been a HUGE help. My son use to have incidents at least once a month. We have had ONE in the past 7 months! He missed 30 days of school before we went non toxic from getting sick so easily….this year he is 4 months in and hasn’t missed 1 day! I highly recommend looking into toxin free in your home if you or your kids have allergies or asthma!
Of course even with being non toxic, eating healthier, and great supplements, things still happen! My son has a breathing treatment machine to help with his cough, but sometimes it would not help! The best thing we found was a steam shower to help. I have been a big fan of essential oils for awhile, so I looked into ways to make a “bath bomb” for a steam shower to help even more with the congestion. I wanted something easy, without a lot of ingredients, that helped reduce the congestion quickly. After a lot of trial and error, I finally found one that works! It worked so good, it completely cleared up his congestion and we both we able to get a good night’s sleep! Best part? They are super easy to make! Your kids can even help!
Here is how to make them! (These are just something my family uses and not meant to treat health issues. Always check with a doctor before using essential oils)
1/3 Cup Water
1 Cup Baking Soda
20-30 Drops Essential Oils ( I used Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon, and Eucalyptus)
Muffin Tin Or Molds- Silicone
Pour your baking soda and water into a bowl and mix well. It should be very thick. Then add your essential oils. I did about 30 drops total (kinda depends how strong you want it, but remember a little goes a long ways with oils!). You can pick any oil blend, but for congestion, these are my favorite! The mixture should be pretty thick, if its watery, add more baking soda. Once it’s well mixes, pour into the molds. At this point, you can bake it in the oven on 200 degrees for about an hour, or let them sit out and harden over a 24 hour period. I always bake mine as I’m not patient!
After they have hardened, you can start using them right away! I just toss one or two in the shower and the steam and oils together are like magic! I like to make a big batch and store them in mason jars or bags and that way when a cold comes…..I’m ready!!!