Vapor Bath Salts for Colds & Flu

vapor bath soak with essential oil bottles

Colder weather has hit Kansas.

Temps are expected to dip below freezing in the coming days, and the weather app is calling for snow not one but two days next week.  Yes, snow before Halloween.

 

Yes, it may still be fall, but winter weather is coming.

And with that cold, damp weather, comes the increased chance of colds, flu, congestion, sinuses headaches, and other dreaded winter woes.

 

So I’m getting ready.

 

The vapor bath salts are great for relaxing, easing body aches, and opening sinuses.  Simply put 1/4-1/2 cup of the vapor salts in the tub and relax for 20 minutes.

Even though I hope we never need to use them for a cold or flu, here’s why I love this simple DIY vapor bath soak:

  • The cool, soothing aroma of eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, and peppermint opens sinuses and help support clear breathing.
  • Epsom salt eases stress and relaxes the body.  Plus it’s been shown to reduce inflammation and help the body absorb nutrients (which is especially important when we’re sick).
  • The potassium in Dead Sea salt helps reduce muscle pain and stiffness.  The magnesium helps support a great night’s sleep.
  • The baking soda helps detoxify and alkalize your body.

 

 

wooden scoop with green bath salts for colds and flu

 

 

How to make vapor bath salts to help soothe colds, flu, and congestion

step 1: add 1 cup sea salt to a large mixing bowl

 

glass measuring cup pouring sea salt into bowl

 

 

step 2:  add 2 cups Epsom salt

 

Epsom salt

 

 

step 3:  add 1 cup baking soda

 

baking soda

 

 

step 4:  mix well

 

bath salts in white ceramic bowl with wooden spoon

 

 

step 5:  add 2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil to a small bowl

 

fractionated coconut oil

 

 

step 6:  add the following essential oils to the small bowl with the fractionated coconut oil

 

15 drops eucalyptus

15 drops lavender

8 drops tea tree

8 drops peppermint

 

essential oil bring poured into small glass bowl

 

 

step 7 (optional):  If you want to color your bath salts, you can add a few drops of soap colorant to the small bowl with fractionated coconut oil.

I like to use a few drops of blue with a few drops of yellow to create green.

That cool mint color reminds me of the soothing vapor scent in these cold & flu bath salts.

 

soap colorant

soap colorant

 

 

step 8:  add the oil, essential oils, and soap colorant to the large bowl with the salts

 

pouring oils and soap colorant into bowl with salts

 

 

 

step 9:  mix well

 

vapor bath soak for colds and congestion

 

 

step 10:  scoop bath salts into an airtight container

 

large glass jar with bath salts

 

 

large glass jar with bath salts and wooden spoon beside two essential oil bottles

 

 

How to use vapor bath salts

  • Depending on your tub size, use approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup of bath salts.
  • Add salts under warm running water, then move bath water around to help dissolve salts.
  • Once bath is ready for you, soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes.
  • As you relax in the tub, breathe in and out deeply.
  • Be careful when getting out of the tub as the oil could leave your tub a bit slippery.
  • Towel off, and then if needed, apply homemade vapor rub (recipe here) to your upper chest to continue helping you breathe better.
  • optional — apply immune support foot rub (recipe here) to you feet to help boost your immune system.

 

 

supplies to make vapor bath soak for congestion and colds

 

 

Where to get supplies

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Sea salt

Grocery store spice and baking aisle using has sea salt.

I buy mine in bulk here.

 

Epsom salt

You can find Epsom salt in pharmacy section of drug stores, Walmart, and Target.

I buy mine in bulk here.

 

Baking soda

Find in grocery store baking aisle.

I buy mine in bulk at Costco (baking aisle).

 

Fractionated coconut oil (or another carrier oil)

I buy mine online here.

 

Soap colorant

You can find in crafts stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

Or you can get online here.

 

 

Get a free printable of the vapor bath salt recipe here

free printable of vapor abth salt recipe

 

 

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    Sarah Lewis

    A little thing about me: I 💙 essential oils. I also love using my background in research to help people learn more about essential oils and all the wonderful ways they can be used. I share DIY recipes for natural cleaners that really work, non-toxic beauty solutions, and holistic wellness. My essential oil recipes, info, and tips have been viewed more than 20 million times. I've been featured on MindBodyGreen, Health & Natural Living, All Natural Ideas, This Natural Home, Natural Living Ideas, and Passion for Savings.