The Cultivated Apothecary: Week 7 Edition 1: Homemade Shower Cube For Congestion, Upper Respiratory Issues & Allergies
Making your own home remedies can be a wondrous thing; leaving behind all the chemicals from store-bought and commercial cough and cold medications is a grand moment.
Tis the season for many different allergies, colds and upper respiratory issues. Whether you're suffering from an end of summer cold, hay fever or other allergy, or maybe your child went back to school in the first week and was exposed to more germs than they had been all summer, and know they have a nagging cough. What ever the reason for the congestion, here is a great homemade recipe you DO NOT need to rub on their chest.
On this homestead, Mr Golden D suffers from occasional allergy symptoms and instead of taking some over-the-counter medication that could cause issues with his high blood pressure (yes, we have to be careful what he takes) I started making these cubes about two years ago. I was finally running low, and since this is prime season for allergies and other upper respiratory conditions to peak, I knew it was time to make another small batch.
All you need to do is run the hot shower water or bath water and drop the shower cubes into the steamy water and viola... all done!
Shower Decongestant Cubes
Before you can make these Vapor Rub shower drops, you will need to make your own version of vapor rub.I still had some from last year, so I didn't do a video about the recipe, but I wanted to share it here with you in this post.
Homemade Vapor Rub
- 5-tbls coconut oil
- 2-tbls cocoa butter
- 1-tbls beeswax
- 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 5-drops of each peppermint, lavender, rosemary and tea tree essential oils
Combine together and store in an air-tight jar. Preferably in a dark and cool place. DO NOT store in the bathroom with the heat and moisture from the bath or shower; this may break down the rub. I store mine in the master bedroom closet- it's dark in there.
Combine all ingredients below until a crumbly paste is made; then mash into ice cube trays or what ever other molds you have chosen.
- 3-tbls homemade Vapor Rub
- 1-cup corn starch
- 2-tbls water (add a little more at a time until you reach the correct consistency)
- Soap coloring- optional (just to add a little color or pizzazz to the cubes)
You can put into the freezer or about an hour to help the cubes form. Once done, store in an air-tight container and when you're ready to use... as I said above, just drop one in the steamy bath water or on the shower floor- be careful then- it may cause a slippery area. Now you can breathe better!
Depending on the size molds you are using, you should about 10-20 cubes from this recipe. I used regular sized ice-cube trays and got an even dozen.