Cold season is coming on – the perfect time to think about keeping sinuses clear and battling stuffy noses!
Today, I'm going to show you how to make your own anti-stuffy-nose vapor inhaler. Not only is this is an easy peasy project for beginners that won't break the budget, it's also a great idea for a personally-made gift for family, friends, young or old. (not for children under 6)
Sniff sniff - let's go!
- Essential oils such as eucalyptus, wintergreen, pine, peppermint, rosemary
- Menthol crystals
- Vapor inhaler container and absorbent stick (do NOT reuse packaging from another product)
- latex gloves
Method1. Put on the gloves
It's always a good idea to use protective gloves when handling ingredients and packaging.
2. Open the inhaler packaging and stand an absorbent stick in the inhaler base (see top picture)
3. Drip (maximum) 20 drops essential oil on the absorbent stick using either method A or B
Method A - For very steady hands
Drip directly from the bottle to the stick, taking great care not to spill
Method B - For not quite as steady hands
Lay the stick in a small glass bowl and drip onto the stick, letting it sit for a minute to absorb any spilt essential oil
4. Place 3-5 menthol crystals in the inhaler sheath
5. Insert the base and stick and close
7. Make and apply a label
8. Enjoy your inhaler!
The Importance of NotesBecause these absorbent sticks carry a max of 20 drops, compose your essential oil mixture 'on paper' before making the inhaler.
For this inhaler, I used
- 10 drops of eucalyptus
- 3 drops of peppermint
- 6 drops of pine
- 1 drop of rosemary
TIP: mix and match essential oils - make a series of inhalers with different combinations to find what you like best. Always keep notes so you can recreate your perfect mixture when you have found your favorite combo.
Suppliesmy inhaler sticks - packed as a set of 6 - were purchased here
Menthol crystals and essential oils can be purchased with many soapmaking suppliers