Snow days are good for a lot of things. For us, it's a time to eat (a lot!), binge watch Netflix, drink Dave's BOMB hot chocolate and tinker around the house. We did all of the above this weekend and enjoyed every second of it. I put a lot of my energy into cooking and preparing healthy, yummy snacks for my family and stocking up on homemade essentials for around the house.
Today I wanted to share a few of my go-to home remedies for when I'm feeling icky or a tad under the weather (after all, it is cold + flu season). First of all, if you're anything like me, you really don't get sick that often (knock on wood), but when you do, you're miserable. Living in the Ohio Valley doesn't help, especially when it's winter time and the temperature decides to change so drastically, so quickly. Last week it was near 60 degrees and this week the wind chill dropped below 0 and it snowed, A LOT. So naturally, I've been feeling a lot of sinus pressure and dealing with headaches that I KNOW are from the change in temperature. So, here are a few of my favorite home remedies for when I'm not feeling the best: hot tea + honey, diffusing eucalyptus, lavender + peppermint and hot, steamy showers.
While snowed in, I started searching for other home remedies I could add to my list and came up with these easy shower disks that anyone can make.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/3 cup water (you'll end up using 1/3 cup + a little more)
- cupcake pan
- cupcake liners
- small bowl + spoon
- eucalyptus + lavender essential oils
In a small bowl, mix together baking soda + corn starch. Add water and stir. You want the mixture to be a bit pasty, but also pourable. Add a little more water (if needed) until you get the right consistency. Fill each cupcake liner about 1/4 of the way full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Let them cool. Once cooled, add 1-2 drops of each oil on top of disk. Remove from liner and store in an airtight jar.
Once you have them made they are ready for your next shower. Simply place the disk in the corner of your tub or shower and let the steam work it's magic. I promise you'll feel a lot better!