Herbal Interests | Lavender Essential Oil Chest Rub to Calm
While we were at the Country Living Fair this past April, I bought a necklace from our dear friends, The Old White House. Theresa creates the most beautiful jewelry with her brand T.xoxo that is both stylish and functional. Functional, you say? Yes! The necklace I bought is a locket that contains a piece of felt. You drop a few droplets of essential oil onto the fabric and can breath in the aromatherapy all day long. The locket has a decorative holes in the front side for easy breathing. It was so AMAZING. All day long, I couldn't help but bring my lavender scent up to my nose for a little whiff of the oil.
When I got home, Tad was in love. Whenever I wore the necklace, he would want to take a sniff, and I found that when I wore it, he acted much calmer before we took a nap. It was something that I had never really thought of using as a tool to help with emotions throughout the day. While Tad's too little to wear a necklace like that, I decided that he needed something a little easier to wear. I also have noticed that Tad has been having a little bit of difficulty getting to sleep for naps lately because he's constantly congested. Our pediatrician hasn't seemed to say there's anything abnormal happening, but he often wakes up with a stuffy nose that just never goes away. I decided to make a quick chest rub for him filled with lavender and rosemary essential oil to help him get to sleep. It's been working really nicely!
- 5 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp shea butter
- 1 1/2 tbsp beeswax
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- Melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax in a makeshift double boiler over medium heat. I always use an old stove pot specifically for beeswax use inside of a larger pot filled with water. Make sure you use a wooden spoon so that metal doesn't leach into the recipe. Melt until everything is combined.
- Let the mixture cool a bit before adding the essential oils. Stir in thoroughly, careful to not let the mixture harden.
- Pour into a small jar with an airtight seal.
- Store in a cool, dark place, like a pantry. The recipe will expire when the oil with the nearest expiration date expires.
- Rub on chest or feet as needed.
This recipe is so easy! Straight from the garden. What could be better? There are so many great herbal recipes that call for these exact ingredients. You'll notice a lot of my recipes have all of the ingredients within them. If you're looking into making your own home remedies, I highly recommend just grabbing what you can in bulk. They'll come in handy down the road. Enjoy!