I’ve mentioned several times that Bonnie has battled pretty bad allergies since we moved back to Tennessee. We have had to be really proactive to avoid antihistamines, and while I won’t be shocked if allergy testing lies somewhere in her future, we are also trying to put that off as long as possible.
Enter: the easiest DIY ever.
It’s a little less easy when you have two toddlers “helping,” but makes a great sensory activity for them, and keeps them occupied for so long. They were stirring, scooping, digging, and “pouring,” for a solid 30 minutes.
With as little as two ingredients, and about two minutes, you can have a sinus soak of your very own. And with about five minutes, you can have a few extra jars to give away! Dress the jars up with festive ribbon, and pair with a pretty scoop for a cute Christmas gift for teachers or coworkers.
What you need:
- 1 large mason jar
- Enough Epsom salts to fill the jar completely
- 10-20 drops of your favorite sinus support essential oils
What you do:
- Add epsom salts to a large bowl.
- Add essential oils, and stir to combine. Start with about ten drops, but add more according to your preference. I like mine really strong, but when I’m making it for the girls I make it much less potent. Keep in mind that certain oils/blends are stronger than others.
- Once the oils and salts are combined, and you’re happy with the smell, add the mixture to the mason jar.
- To use, scoop a generous amount into running bath water, and soak for about 2o minutes.
My favorite oils to use in these sinus soaks are RC (‘respiratory care,’) which is a blend of cypress + 3 different kinds of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Lavender. I use RC+Lavender for the girls’ sinus soak, and RC+Peppermint for myself. Peppermint is a hot oil, so too much of it can irritate the skin. Plus, infants can be very sensitive to menthol, so I’m conservative when using it around Audrey. I would not recommend putting both peppermint and RC in the same soak if you’re making it for a toddler or young child.
Lavender, RC and Peppermint all come in Young Living’s premium starter kit. Once you have the oils, these sinus soaks are so affordable. They’re also versatile. We make them for sleep support, hormone support, and seasonal support.
When giving them as gifts, I like to create a sticker label for the top of the jar. I put the ingredients and instructions on this label. Then I tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar, and tuck a pretty scoop into the ribbon. You can find so many pretty scoops on Etsy! Here and here are some of my favorites. Both the girls are in Mothers’ Day Out this year (Bonnie goes two days a week, and Audrey one,) so I plan on giving each of their teachers as part of their Christmas gifts, and I’m so excited!
If you decide to give this “recipe” a try, let me know what you think! Or if you have a different combination of oils that you prefer, please let me know! I’d love to give it a try too!