feel better shower bars

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We've had some sick twins so far this week.  Very sick, fevered, and congested.

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I've had my Eucalyptus oil diffusing for the congestion, Peppermint oil on their feet for fever, R.C. oil blend on their chest and... sent them into the steamy bathroom to take advantage of our feel better shower bars.  

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The feel better shower bars are a new thing for us.  I've tried them out in the shower to clear my breathing and congestion and used it for the kids congestion.  They work like Vicks Vapor Disks in that the steam from the shower releases the incredible vapor of whatever oils you choose to add to the bar.

Eucalyptus oil is known for its incredible ability to break up mucus and congestion--which is what is used in Vicks.  I love using R.C oil blend in them as well because it is a highly concentrated blend of cold fighting oils.  It works magically on me every time I'm sick and rub it on my chest.

 These feel better shower bars are a more natural and cheaper approach to colds and sickness for you and the kiddos.

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All of the recipes out there for these "vapor disks" call for simply three ingredients: baking soda, water, and essential oils. (I originally found a recipe for these at Frugal by Choice.) They are truly the easiest things to make!

feel better shower bars

1 cup baking soda

1/2 - 1/3 cup water

Eucalyptus essential oil, R.C. oil blend, or your choice of essential oil

 

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{Ironically the little Ainsleigh stirring happily above would turn out to be one of the sickies in the top photo, needing to use the very bars she helped make.}

Mix the baking soda and water together.  It will create an interesting wet paste.

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I like to add several drops of my essential oils into the paste.  That way, as the bar slowly breaks down in the shower there are more oils to be dispelled.

 (You will also and primarily be adding more essential oils to the outside of the bars later.)

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Spoon the paste into any mold.  I used an[amazon_link id="B004GJ5G6O" target="_blank" ] oval silicone baking mold[/amazon_link].   The recipe should make 12 bars, depending on what baking molds you're using.

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Now bake on 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes.  If you don't bake them and just let them set, they will crumble in your hands when you unmold them.  Been there, done that.  Bake them for the prescribed time and then let them cool.

Once they are cool, then carefully pop them out.  They should be hardened just enough.

Now the most important part is adding the majority of the essential oils to the top of each bar.  I use about 5 drops of Eucalyptus and 3 drops of R.C blend on each bar.  It soaks in perfectly and are then ready for the shower!

NOTE:  I prefer adding the essential oils to each bar actually right before using it in the shower.  Then I know my bars will be the most potent.  I keep a stack of the prepared bars in my bathroom and simply shake on the drops of oils right before I bring them into the shower.  

Simply put the shower bar anywhere on the floor of your shower, preferably not directly under the water--it will disintegrate it faster.  You will be amazed at the power of these!  After showering with one the other day, I had stuffy Rowan and Annabelle come in to the steamy bathroom just to take advantage of the quick acting vapors.  Just this morning stuffy Bobby came asking what he needed to do to put one in his shower.

IMG_4564 Please let me know if you try making them.  I'd love to hear what you think, how you change the recipe, and so forth.  You could make these with a variety of oils.  But Eucalyptus is amazing.   IMG_4659

And while all of the breathing of steam and vapors was going on yesterday with the sick half of the family, the well ones were dressing poor Rowan in their baby doll clothing.   Never a dull moment around here.  :)

 

the sleepy time gal