With spring in full swing, so are the beautiful budding flowers and the not-so-beautiful allergy aches that go along with them.
With so many allergy medications on the market going for $15 to $30, is a do-it-yourself cheap remedy too good to be true?
The great idea: When searching Pinterest for easy allergy answers that won't break the bank, hundreds of ideas populated. Two that stuck out were Sinus-clearing shower tablets and Allergy-relief balm.
The tablets are touted as a more economical trade-off for the store-bought versions. Once this DIY remedy is created, you put it in the shower while you wash-up and the vapors released are supposed to help clear your sinuses.
The balm, made mostly from beeswax and essential oils, is advertised as creating a strong antihistamine to reduce inflammation.
But will they work?
- Baking soda
- essential oils (I used lavender and rosemary)
- cupcake tins
Allergy relief balm:
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- lemon (essential oil)
- lavender (essential oil)
- peppermint (essential oil)
Cost: Baking soda is inexpensive and olive oil was already in the pantry along with cupcake tins, so I had that going for me, which is nice (needed the Caddyshack reference there). I have never purchased essential oils before so I don't have a clue how much they will dent my pocket.
- Add baking soda and water together
- Stir together until you form a paste
- Add in your choice of essential oils
- Pour into cupcake tins
- Let them sit overnight to become hard
Allergy relief balm:
- Fill a medium pot half way full with water.
- Place a glass bowl with a spout in the water.
- Add 2 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp beeswax, 15 drops lemon essential oil, 15 drops lavender essential oil and 15 drops peppermint essential oil together in the glass bowl.
- Once beeswax is melted remove from heat, add essential oils and pour into containers.
Here's a quick video recap:
Cost: Altogether this "cheap" project cost me just about $50. Yes, you read that correctly. Essential oils must be from mars or something to be as expensive as they are for such tiny bottles! Be ready to fork over some serious cash if you're planning to try these creations.
Simplicity: Both the tablets and the balm were extremely easy to concoct. On a scale from 1-10, 10 being the most difficult, I would give it a 2.
How'd it turn out?
The tablets turned out perfectly. They solidified overnight and were easy to pop out of the cupcake tins. They smelled so great I could hardly wait to try them out. So I put one in the shower, turned it on and hopped in. I turned around and it was gone.
It completely dissolved after three seconds of water hitting it. No exaggeration. Not to mention I didn't smell any of the aromas that were supposed to be "sinus-clearing."
The balm's consistency turned out well and smelled like a bundle of spring flowers, but it didn't seem to help any allergy aches.
My opinion: Steer clear of these Pinterest DIY projects, unless you want to spend a lot of money on something that washes down the drain before your very eyes.
Store bought remedies may be the way to go in this case. Someone pass me the Zyrtec.
Pinterest success or fail? Making them was a success... their effectiveness was a giant fail!