In some parts of the country, February brings the earliest signs of spring. Purple crocuses and little buds on the trees. And that often means that those who suffer from spring allergies or hay fever also start sneezing.

Thus this is a good time to make eucalyptus shower steamers. Several months ago I posted my favorite recipe for DIY bath fizzies, and that same recipe can be used for shower steamers too! What is a shower steamer? It’s just a bath fizzie that has been infused with an oil that helps you to breathe and feel your nasal passages. Typically that is eucalyptus oil, but you can also use peppermint or a “breathe easy” blend that is available from essential oil sellers. A minty or medicinal type fragrance that you want to breathe, but not soak in.

Since you’re going to put the fizzie tablet in the corner of your shower, it is nice if it is flat. So instead of a typical round bath bomb mold, you can just use an ice cube tray or muffin tin.

These became really popular several years ago when Vicks made a shower tablet. Then Vicks discontinued the product for a while, so people had to DIY their own. Vicks has since put the product out again, (affiliate link), but it’s kind of expensive. At least $1.46 per tablet and that’s if you buy in bulk and have a coupon. It might be worth it if you don’t care to make your own, or don’t want to purchase supplies.

But, if you already have supplies on hand, then get them out and take a few minutes to make these. Here’s the link to the recipe. Use for yourself or keep on hand for gifts.

(Image credit: saponifier )

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