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Do it Yourself: Homemade Vicks Steam-Activated Shower Tabs

I posted this a few months ago – it’s a great way to cure your stuffy sinus issue. I wake up every morning and (oddly) am ALWAYS stuffed up. I sneeze for about 1 hour, and use 1/2 box Kleenex, then I’m usually fine. I’m not sure why.. it’s very random, don’t you think?

I don’t know how many of you may have seen these little Vicks Discs that are made to clear up your nose… you use them in the shower. You pay pretty big money for them .. more than I’d pay anyways!

The commercial Vicks Disks steam up your shower and clean out your nose when you are sick. You can make them yourself – The only difference… I made a few big ones with my bigger muffin pan, and some small ones to use up some small cups I had left over from mini cupcakes. I’m sure they work just as well big or small – I just think the little ones are super cute.

Homemade Vicks Shower Tabs

Baking Soda
Essential Oil
Muffin Tin – Large or Small
Muffin Liners

To get started, mix 2-3 c. of Baking Soda to a mixing bowl – add water a little at a time until the soda feels like a paste/putty. You don’t want it to be too runny, but you don’t want it to be stiff either so you can use your judgment.

Then, add 10-12 drops of essential oil – I used Lavender, you can also use Eucalyptus… I actually had Eucalyptus and Peppermint left in my laundry pile so I used Eucalyptus to do mine.

Mix well and then spoon into your muffin-lined tins… let them sit out for 12-15 hours. After that point, throw on your shower floor when you take a shower and let the steam/oils do their magic!

If you are without Essential Oil, I highly recommend using Botanic Choice to pick some up – if you sign up for their Emails as a new subscriber they will send you a free shipping code (they did for me in the past) – you can grab oil as low as $4-5 ea.



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  • rjjanglen

    You can also just add a few drops of the oils to a hot bath and enjoy.

  • nycmulan

    Wow thanks Sheryl. Another awesome DIY “recipe”…I never heard of the VICKS tabs but I’ll certainly try these!

  • Faye Hejduk

    Thanks! Just ordered 2 essential oils from that site and only paid $7.00! :)

  • Dkanabar

    I have the same problem in the morning as yours! i would have runny nose for around 2 hours after i wake up. i tried to find out the reason n someone told me i might have alergy to fermented foods like cheeze, sour cream, bread etc…n after some experiment i figured that it’s true in my case! i think you should also try to find if you are alergic to fermented food since u have sinus only in the morning as me!

    Bdw thanks for the recipe i sure will try!

    • sherylcuevas

      it’s horrible. I’m so grumpy in the am.. that’s the reason I don’t get on FB. I sneeze, and sneeze and sneeze, and then waste 1/2 box of tissue. Just frustrating!