Your sinuses will thank you.


It's official! We have turned the page on another season. It is finally fall, despite the warm temperatures outside. Along with all of the wonderful things fall brings—pumpkins, apple cider, hayrides, football games, it also marks the start of cold and flu season. While a flu shot can protect you against that nasty flu, there isn't much you can do to prevent a common cold. Sure, you can eat your weight in oranges and pray the vitamin C will ward off any bugs you come across. But if that doesn't work and you find yourself struck down by the sniffles, a little homemade trick could save the day.

Have you ever turned to a bath bomb to calm your nerves? You know those little balls you throw in the tub that explode in a fizzy burst of essential oils and exfoliating agents? Well the same concept could save your sinuses. That's right, shower bombs are all the rage. A little spa-like treatment just may be the thing your poor nasal cavities are craving when that cold hits. And you can make it at home with just a few ingredients you probably already have on hand.

YouTube User, Household Hacker has a simple recipe that anyone can make. All you will need is one cup of cornstarch, a half a cup of baking soda and the secret ingredient, Vicks Vaporub. Mix 5 tablespoons of Vicks Vaporub in with your dry ingredients and add a couple of tablespoons of water. To mix properly, Household Hacker suggested putting on gloves and mixing by hand until it's moldable. Scoop the mixture into an ice cube tray. Freeze and take one out at a time as needed. Place on the ledge of your tub or on a shower shelf. As you shower, the steam will activate the magical healing powers of the shower bomb. Take a big, deep breath because you will be able to breath out of your nose again!

To watch how the shower bomb is made and to get other tips and tricks to help you survive the colder weather, check out the complete video from Household Hacker below.