It’s that time again – people coughing and sniffling everywhere you go. Time to start thinking about bath bomb recipes to help out!
There are a few symptoms of cold and flu that can be treated with just the right bath bomb recipes:
Regardless of the bath bomb recipes used, the simple act of taking a hot bath can help to fight off a cold. Viruses and bacteria are sensitive to body temperature, which is why we develop fevers as they help to kill them off. A hot bath raises body temperature and encourages sweating which help get rid of the virus.
The other benefit of a hot bath if you have a cold is the fact that the steam will help to loosen up congestion.
When creating bath bomb recipes for someone who has a cold or the flu, there are two components you will need to decide on. The makeup of the actual bath bomb and the aromatherapy oils you use in it.
Bath Bomb Recipes – Main Ingredient Options
Of course, there are three main ingredients that must go into all bath bomb recipes:
- Citric Acid
- Baking Soda
- Witch Hazel
That said, there are some other ingredients you can add to bath bomb recipes that can help with flu symptoms.
Epsom salts are excellent to help with the achiness that generally accompanies the flu. Add up to a half cup to your bath bomb recipes, but keep in mind that a higher salt content can make your bath bombs more difficult to stick together so you may have to spend more time forming them.
Shea butter is another good addition to your bath bomb recipes. Shea butter is very soothing and can help with dry, sensitive skin that can accompany a bad cold.
Bath Bomb Recipes – Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy plays a big role in bath bomb recipes for cold and flu.
We will start with flu symptoms.
Fever is one of the most common symptoms of the flu. The aromatherapy oils that are best for bath bomb recipes to help with fever are those that help to produce sweat. These include:
- Tea tree
Headache is another common flu symptom and should not be ignored in your bath bomb recipes. The best aromatherapy combination for headache is lavender and peppermint. Honestly, it’s so effective that I never bother recommending anything else.
Cold symptoms are usually different from flu symptoms. The usual symptoms of a cold are congestion and coughing.
The best essential oils for congestion is definitely eucalyptus and peppermint. Both perform the same function, so either can be used in your bath bomb recipes. These oils are powerful antiseptics and antibacterials which can help to get rid of your cold virus. They both also contain strong vapors that will help to relieve congestion. Cedarwood is another effective aromatherapy oil for congestion.
If you need your bath bomb recipes to help with a cough, you will want to use eucalyptus and hyssop as both are effective at suppressing cough. Lavender is a good addition as well as it will help to relax your body and keep you from coughing.
When creating bath bomb recipes for cold and flu season, you can choose to make a batch specifically for your own symptoms or for someone who is ill. Alternatively, you can make an all-purpose batch to have on hand to cover a variety of symptoms.
Here is my favorite recipe for all-round cold/flu symptoms:
1 C. Baking Soda
½ C. Citric Acid
½ C Tapioca Starch
1/3 C. Epsom Salts
2 Tbsp. Shea Butter, melted
12 Drops Eucaplytus
6 Drops Lavender
6 Drops Peppermint
6 Drops Chamomile
3 Drops Ginger
Experiment with different bath bomb recipes for your own symptoms and enjoy the relief!