These easy to make DIY Congestion Relief Bath Salts will help clear nasal and head congestion associated with head colds, chest congestion and sinuses naturally. These bath salts will not in any way cure the common cold or flu, but will help with relief from congestion.
Winter is here, and it has hit me kind of hard. It's not even that cold, but I have already had my first cold virus, and this one was a doozy to say the least. For three days I felt weak and really congested, and now 3 weeks later I still have a bit of a cough and some chest tightness. While I feel pretty good, the congestion can be a real pain. When I felt the sickness coming on, I immediately made a batch of my favorite DIY Congestion Relief Bath Salts. When I am not feeling well, a hot bath is sometimes the only thing that can make me feel better, and the addition of these bath salts really give me relief. I take a hot bath using these vapor relief bath salts right before bed to help my body relax and open up my nose and chest. They are a real life saver! If you prefer to take a shower, you can just add them to the bottom of your shower, and when the water hit them, the vapors will release.
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What You Will Need:
1 ½ Cups Epsom Salts ( Purchase HERE )
¾ Cups Baking Soda ( Purchase HERE )
15-20 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil ( Purchase HERE )
Airtight Storage Container ( Purchase HERE )Print
DIY Congestion Relief Bath Salts
- Total Time: 5 mins
These congestion relief bath salts will help relax your body and relieve congestion when you are faced with sinus issues or cold and flu.
- 1 ½ Cups Epsom Bath Salts
- ¾ Cup Baking Soda
- 15-20 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oils
- Mix together really well and store in an airtight container. Run a warm/hot bath with ½ cup of Congestion Relief Bath Salts, and soak for at least 15 - 20 minutes for maximum effect. If you prefer a shower, simply add ½ cup of the bath salts to your shower floor and take your shower as usual. The heat from your shower will cause the vapors to rise and help clear your sinuses.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Category: Bath and Body
These Congestion Relief Bath Salts would be great to make for a sick friend too! I even use them when my allergies are really bad for some sinus relief. I like to store mine in an airtight jar with a little scoop for easy use. I hope they help you to relax and feel better!
Pair it with my easy Homemade Chapped Skin Balm to help treat and repair any chapped or dry skin. It's a must have in our home during the dry winter months!
Ellen Rainbolt says
I wonder if this could be used in a simmering pot like pot pouri instead of a bath. Many elderly people are unable to take baths anymore.
Hi, Ellen! I'm sure that would work great...there are also diffusers that work well too. Hope this helps!
Yes you can! Just put pure eucalyptus oil in the simmering pot for congestion also in humidifier or diffuser.
Just wanted to say you're awesome !!! Love all of your healthy life hacks ! Can't get enough!
Lula Porter says
I purchased eucalyptus essential oil after a friend told me roaches hate it. I have been adding a few drops to the wax in my electric warmer in my kitchen. While I haven't seen a dramatic decrease in the persistent critters, I do breathe easier after being in the kitchen. Somebody needs to make this oil and sell it by the gallon!!! Also planning on buying the leaves to spread everywhere in my kitchen. With your advice, I'll add them to the pot of water sitting on my wood stove and in sachets. Thanks so much for reposting!
With the sinus congestion, could you possibly add the amt. to a sink - full of hot water and make a tent thing over your head and inhale?
Definitely, Janet! I've done this a few times with Kate when she wasn't feeling well.
Mary deJesus says
Hi, I love your site! I've made my own cleaning and bath products for years and just love to see some new ideas. I have a wonderful recipe for bath bombs. When the cold and flu season comes I make them with eucalyptus, rosemary, wintergreen, tea tree oils. I put these in the shower instead of the tub. Since they're in the shower, I can make them stronger. Some oils can be ouchy on tender parts or just not intended for the little ones. To make them last a little longer, set them in the back of the shower so they get wet but don't get the full force of water. Afterward I recommend applying a nice rosemary and lavender lotion and a warm cup of your favorite soup.
4 oz baking soda
2 oz citric acid
2 oz corn starch
2 oz epsom salt
2 t water
1/2 t essential oil
1 T oil
Mix dry ingredients. Slowly add wet premixed wet mixing as you add. Push into ice cube tray. Let dry 24-48 hours. Pop them out and store them in a container in a dry place.
I love this...thank you so much for sharing, Mary!
Mary deJesus says
Update: measurements are by weight not volume. :-)
Nelson Mckinnon says
Someone mentioned roaches! When we stayed in Central Florida, i dried used coffee grounds and spread them under our 5th wheel rv. As they disintegrate they give off a gas that interfere with the antenna of bugs. Never had an ant of roach in or around the rv for 14 years.
LOVE your site and have for a long time! I have started to use your recipes and have really had fun! I think the next thing I will make is this one for sinus...I appreciate you sharing your talents with us - have a wonderful day!
I haven’t had a cold in years. I got one yesterday. I just found your blog and tried this. I still have a cold, but I can breathe much better and nose isn’t running as often. Thank you.
So glad it could give you some relief! Get well soon!
Simple, smells divine, and effective! Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes and hard work on our behalf!