My son got hit hard by a nasty cold a few weeks ago. His cough lingered for quite some time and so did the runny nose. His poor nose was red and raw from blowing it all day. When he was tiny we used those moistened nose wipes and I’d kind of forgotten they existed until I saw some at a friend’s house. When his nose started up again my son and I got right to work. We use cloth tissues normally but I was excited about these to help heal and soothe his nose a bit better.
I dug around online but couldn’t find any recipes using ingredients that I had on hand and many used paper towels instead of cloth so I created my own. This was a fun project to do together and a good measuring, pouring and mixing activity for a 4 year old who loves to help!
I started by cutting apart an IKEA flannel receiving blanket I’d purchased on clearance into 12 tissue-size pieces.
We gathered our ingredients:
- 1/2 C hot filtered water
- 1/4 C Lavender Hydrosol (you could substitute for another 1/4 C water and use a couple drops lavender essential oil)
- 1/2 t sea salt
- 1/2 t witch hazel
- 1 t coconut oil
- 1/8 t glycerin (optional but great for extra moisturizing)
We put everything into a bowl, mixed it up, added the tissues and had fun swishing them around until they were all equally coated. The solution felt so nice and soft on our hands.
I wrung them out thoroughly and popped them into a black plastic take-out container with a lid and put them in the fridge where my son could get to them easily.
There was quite a bit of the liquid left so I put it in a small container in the fridge so I could dip tissues in them after they’d been washed and add them back in to the bin.
He absolutely loved them and said “ahhh Mom, I feel so much better with this!” I’ve used a couple myself and really like the slight lavender scent and how moisturizing they are.
The witch hazel will help keep these good for a little while but they should probably be used and washed within the next couple months and then (hopefully) we’ll be out of cold season and I can add any left-over solution to a bath and be done with it for a while! I’ve popped a couple into a to-go wet bag for when we’ve been out about but they’ll keep better in the fridge and my son prefers them cold.
I hope your family is staying healthy this season but if you need a little something to help sore noses- try this out!
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