Are you looking for a natural remedy to help clear up your sinuses? Give this Ultimate Sinus Relief Soap tutorial a try – spearmint and eucalyptus can help!
I love making my own soaps, especially the melt and pour type because it’s so quick, easy and affordable. I find that the goat’s milk and the shea butter soaps are equally good. I prefer the suspension formula because it helps keep the ingredients evenly dispersed so you don’t end up with them all separating.
I like to add an organic herb to the back of the soap after they’re poured. It adds a nice, finished-off look, but it also helps exfoliate too. This time, I used organic spearmint that’s chopped very small. You can make the soap without it though, so don’t hesitate to make it even if you don’t have any on hand.
The spearmint oil and eucalyptus oil are both wonderful for clearing up our sinuses and supporting our respiratory system. The combination of these two essential oils gives a good balance to the scent so that the eucalyptus isn’t too strong.
Using this soap during winter or allergy season is great. It’s also ideal for anyone who battles congestion or sinus issues on a regular basis. A great way to make it even better is to take a bath and use those oils in the water (dispersed in some epsom salts) and inhale deeply.
You can also make this Sinus Relief Balm to apply to your skin after your bath. It will help the effects of your bath last even longer!
Making your own sinus relief soap is easier than you probably are expecting, and that is what I love about it! I hope you’ll give this sinus relief soap recipe a try this winter and let me know how it worked for you!
How to Make Sinus Relief Soap with Spearmint & Eucalyptus
- 1 silicone mold tray with smaller cavities, or 1 to 2 standard soap bar molds
- 4 to 5 squares of melt and pour shea butter soap
- 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil (or jojoba oil)
- 1 tablespoon spearmint leaves, finely chopped
- 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 8 drops spearmint essential oil
- Cut your soap into the amount of cubes you need. They are pre-scored into squares in the package, so they are fairly easy to cut up with a sharp knife. I like to lay them on the molds to help guesstimate how many I need, especially because I have several sizes of silicone molds and each is a little different. It is best to figure at least one more than you think you will need.
- Next step is to place the squares into a double boiler, and heat over medium until fully melted. While it’s melting, you’ll want to use a rubber spatula to stir the soap up and scrape the sides to help melt the soap evenly. The melt and pour soap should be very fluid with no lumps and easy to stir.
- Measure out your almond oil and add it to the melted soap, and then stir to blend.
- Check the soap for any lumps and reheat if needed. Once it’s fluid and removed from the heat, stir in your essential oils. They are both very runny oils in texture, so be cautious.
- Slowly pour your soap mixture into your molds, leaving a slight space at the top to add the spearmint leaves.
- Once you have it all poured, get a thick pinch of spearmint in your fingers and sprinkle it across the top of the soap bars until they are covered all the way evenly. Then, gently press the leaves down into the soap just enough to make them stick, as if it’s glue underneath them, but not totally covering them so it will dry with the true color of the leaves showing.
- Keep the soap sitting out at room temperature for an hour to an hour and a half. If you are making large soap bars, it will likely take the full hour and a half. To be sure they’re cool, feel the bottom center of each mold.
- Once they are completely cooled, carefully pop them out of the molds. Bend back one corner of the mold with one hand and press on the back center of the bar with the other and that should do it. I love how easy they come out. If they are still warm they will not come out easily.
- To store your sinus relief soap bars, use cute little bags with ties to secure, or put in a glass jar. They make wonderful handmade gift ideas too!