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You are going to love these shower vapor disks for colds and coughs.  Like everything else that I make, these shower vapor disks are a super simple DIY.  All you need is baking soda, water, and a little bit of essential oil!

DIY Shower Vapor Disks

My whole family has a nasty cold.  Since I’m breastfeeding and my baby is only three months old, I’m trying to use as many natural remedies as possible.  Plus, I don’t like giving my 2-year old and 4-year-old tons of meds.

We’ve had the most luck with “Breathe Blend” essential oil from Wyndmere Naturals.  (If you’re new to essential oils, they’re all-natural, highly concentrated extracts from the aromatic parts of plants.)  According to Wyndmere Naturals’ website, Breathe Blend “helps support healthy respiratory and immune systems.”

The smell of Breathe Blend reminds me of a cleaner, more natural version of Vicks® VapoRub®.  I simply can’t get enough of it!

I started by making my own natural vapor rub for our chests and feet.  Then, my husband climbed aboard the essential oil train and started adding a few drops to our cool mist humidifier each night.  When I added a couple of drops to our daughters’ bath, the idea to make shower vapor disks hit me.

A hot, steamy shower just feels so good when you have a cold and cough.  Not only do these disks make my bathroom smell like a spa, they clear out my sinuses and relieve the pressure in my head.  Thank goodness!

Here’s everything you need to know to make some shower vapor disks of your own.

DIY Shower Vapor Disks

Yields: 12 shower vapor disks



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line cupcake pan with 12 silicone baking cups.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine baking soda and water and mix into a paste.
  4. Spoon paste evenly into prepared pan and smooth the top of each cup with your fingers.
  5. Place pan in oven, and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Add 8 drops of Breathe Blend essential oil to each cup.
  8. Remove silicone baking cups from pan and cool completely on wire cooling rack.  (This takes about 15 minutes.)
  9. Remove shower vapor disks from silicone cups and use!


Store in an airtight glass jar.  Since Breathe Blend essential oil isn’t meant to be ingested, keep the vapor disks out of the reach of pets and small children.

To Use

Use one shower vapor disk  each time you shower.  Place the disk at on the floor of the shower away from the drain.  (The disk will dissolve very quickly if it’s by all the water going down the drain!)  Each disk will last about five minutes in a hot shower.  Relax, and breathe in the vapors while it dissolves!

DIY Vapor Disks for the Shower
By the way, since I only want to use products that are safe for my family, I use high-quality essential oils from  Wyndmere Naturals and a 1% dilution.  (That means my shower vapor disks are 99% baking soda and 1% breathe blend essential oil.)  Here’s a great article about the safety of essential oils, if you’re interested.

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Linda Gribuski
Linda Gribuski
9 years ago

Used exact measurements, might want to emphasize “paste”. Came out crumbly.

9 years ago

Not that it is worth much, but I thought i would say that I made these tonight, and I had to add a fraction (If that) more water to make it into a paste. Nothing worth changing your recipe is spot on! and I love them thank-you. I just wanted to put it out there. for anyone else who’s may not have been paste like. 🙂

Linda Irwin
Linda Irwin
8 years ago

How many does this recipe make? Thank you.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
7 years ago

These worked out great! I followed the directions and they ended up just as they looked in the picture. The baking soda mixture was as described. I ended up letting them sit for about 30 minutes until removing them from the silicone cups. My husband and I tried them yesterday. I felt so calm and relaxed afterward and he loved the smell. I’m sure they’ll be effective the next time we’re sick.

Jill Petrush Rogers
7 years ago
Reply to  Jesse Taylor

Jesse, I love this! I’m so glad that they worked for you. They will come in handy for cold & flu season which is in full swing here in PA!

Katy Tang
Katy Tang
6 years ago

The cupcake liner baked onto the tablet…….had to smash them just to get it off.

BJ Stewart
4 years ago
Reply to  Katy Tang

Use a silicone muffin cup or pan. You don’t need paper liners with them.