Southern Mom Loves: How to Make Vaporub Bath Salts to Clear Your Sinus Congestion This Winter!

How to Make Vaporub Bath Salts to Clear Your Sinus Congestion This Winter!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I get terrible sinus problems in the winter; Congestion and painful pressure have plagued me for years. I've found over time that treating it continually from the very first symptoms can help keep it from turning into a dreaded sinus infection that requires antibiotics. While sinus sprays and neti pots can be very helpful, I also like to make these aromatic Vaporub Bath Salts to use in my bath or shower. Yes, you can use them in your morning shower (it will really wake you up!) and I'll tell you how.

To keep bath salts in your bathroom, you'll need an airtight container, any size will do. I have a huge jar that will hold about 6 cups, but you can make this recipe to fill any container. I'll give it to you in a one-cup recipe so you can adjust it to your needs.

To easily find out how much to make, scoop the Epsom salt into your clean, dry container by cupfuls until you fill it up, or have as much as you want to use. Remember how many cups you poured, then take the container and dump the salt into a large bowl to mix it with the rest of your ingredients.

The pungent ingredients in Vaporub are Eucalyptus, Camphor, and Menthol. You can use all 3, or substitute Peppermint or Spearmint oils to your liking, but the main scent used should be Eucalyptus oil. Your oils can be essential oils or fragrance oils (your preference), but please make sure they are safe for use on skin, and not just candle-scenting oils.

Vaporub Bath Salts
  • 1 cup Epsom salts
  • 20 drops Eucalyptus oil
  • 2 drops food coloring (optional)
Mix the Eucalyptus oil into your bowl of Epsom salts. 20 drops per cup may sound like a lot, but you want these salts to be strong! 

I added in green food coloring to give my salts a winter-green color, but that is totally optional; You can match the color to your bathroom decor or leave them out completely. I put the food coloring in last as it helps to make sure I've mixed it thoroughly. You can't see the oils while you're mixing but you can see the food coloring. If the color is even, the oils will be evenly distributed too.

Scoop these into your container and you're done!

To use in a bath: Scoop 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Vaporub Bath Salts into your bath under running water.

To use in a shower: Place an open washcloth over your shower drain and scoop 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Vaporub Bath Salts onto the washcloth. When the hot water hits the bath crystals, they will start dissolving and releasing the oils, and the washcloth keeps them from going right down the drain.

If you have sinus issues, I hope you'll give these Vaporub Bath Salts a try!


Do you often get sinus congestion? What are your go-to remedies? Will you be trying my Vaporub Bath Salts? I love to read your comments!

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