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Could Bath Bombs Be The Answer?

Homemade Bath Bomb Recipe

Winter Sniffles

This time of year is the worst for flu and colds, sleepless nights, headaches and blocked noses. To help relieve the symptoms that make you feel blocked, there is a cheap and simple remedy to help beat congestion. 

Why Do We Suffer From Congestion?

The Eustachian tubes are canals that are found behind the eardrum, and are part of the middle ear. They are connected to the nasopharynx (throat and back of the nasal cavity). The job of the Eustachian tubes is to control the pressure that’s found within the middle ear, and make the pressure equal to that of the outer ear, and to drain any fluid that is found behind the eardrum.

The Eustachian tubes only opens when you yawn, swallow or chew, which allows the air to pass through the pathway that is found between the middle ear and nasopharynx. However, the rest of the time, the Eustachian tube remains closed.

The Eustachian tubes are narrow and are liable to getting blocked, especially in children during the winter period. When the Eustachian tubes become blocked, it can be because of a common cold, sinus infections or allergies. People prone to these ailments can suffer from inflamed Eustachian tubes and thicker mucus, which can cause the Eustachian Tubes to become blocked. A rapid altitude change, for example, when you are ascending/descending on a plane journey, can exacerbate the problem.


Often manifest as;

  • A ‘full’ feeling
  • Impaired hearing ability
  • Ringing/popping/clicking
  • Ear ache 
  • A tickling sensation


Sometimes, Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD) can clear up itself without any treatment, but it is advised that if the symptoms have been there for more than two weeks, to speak to your doctor. There are different types of treatment for ETD, but some of the main ones include; nasal sprays, Vicks vapor rub, steam inhalers or anything that contains the following ingredients; Camphor, Eucalyptus oil, and menthol

How Will These Bath Bombs Help?

Vicks Bath Bombs have been designed to help beat congestion caused by ETD. These bath bombs can help you naturally beat congestion by emitting steam filled Vicks. The ingredients used in the bath bombs are known to help with congestion and, combined with the added benefit of steam inhaling, should provide relief from ETD.


1 cup of cornstarch

5 tablespoons of Vicks

1/2 cup of Baking Soda

Glitter (optional)

Teaspoon of water

Mould tray


  1. Put the cornstarch into a bowl and then add the Vicks, mix well until both are combined.
  2. Add the baking soda to the bowl and mix well until it is combined with the starch and Vicks. But if you feel that you need more moisture, then add a teaspoon of water at a time.
  3. Place the mixture into an ice cube tray and leave it to freeze for a couple of hours.
  4. Remove them from the freezer and carefully pop the bath bombs out. Then store them in a dry place and get one out when you are ready to use one.
  5. Place in the bath or shower when you are ready.

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