Sophie Uliano shows you how to make shower steamers that help open up your sinuses and relieves a stuffy nose.


  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3-5 tbsp water
  • Essential oils - see below
  • Silicone baking/soap molds
  • For a cold/flu symptoms, I recommend: 80 drops of eucalyptus essential oil & 40 drops peppermint essential oil
  • For a soothing shower, I recommend: 80 drops of lavender essential oil & 40 drops of geranium essential oil


1. Place the baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter or large whisk to remove lumps and mix well.

2. Add the water SLOWLY, 1 tbsp at a time. You have to be very careful because if you add too much water too soon, the whole thing will fizz up. Just be patient and keep testing by grabbing a handful of the mixture and squeezing it in your hand. As soon as it feels like damp sand (that would be perfect for making a sandcastle), you've added enough water.

3. Add the essential oils, and after every few drops, use your pastry cutter or a fork to mash them into the mixture.

4. Place about 2 tbsp of mixture into each dome, and use the back of a spoon or ice cream scoop to press down and smooth.

5. Leave overnight.

6. Carefully remove from molds and package in a pretty Mason jar or clear gift bag with ribbons and decorations etc.

7. To Store: They will store for up to 6 months in a cool, dark cabinet.

To Use: Take into the shower with you, wet it under the stream of water to get it going. Place the steamer at the far end of the bath/shower stall. You want it to last, and if it's under the stream of water it will disappear too quickly.
Caution: Because you are bringing oils into the shower, make sure you use a shower mat, and wipe out the shower floor when you are done.

Sophie's Homemade Shower Steamers - Home & Family

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