Chest Congestion Salve
We are almost out of the woods with all of these winter blues! One of the many parts of winter that we have been heavily avoiding is the flu. Thankfully, none of us have yet caught it - I say yet so that I don't accidentally jinx myself! There was a moment sometime last month where Tad was a bit congested, and my dad reached for the commercial vapor rub. Of course, curious, I reached for the jar to see what was inside. With too many ingredients to count, I figured that making my own chest congestion salve would be easy enough. The active ingredients inside to help break up the phlegm are eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil for the menthol. Peppermint is actually much too strong for young children under three, so you can substitute that with a milder mint like spearmint. This salve is simple to through together and can be finished in well under 20 minutes. I was able to fill up three 4 ounce tins with this recipe.
Ingredients + Recipe |
- 7 oz carrier oil of choice (coconut, infused herbal oil, olive, jojoba, etc)
- 2 oz shea butter
- 1 oz beeswax
- 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil (if making this for a child under 3, use spearmint)
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
- In a makeshift double boiler of a large saucepan filled with water and a smaller saucepan on top, place the carrier oil, shea butter, and beeswax in the smaller saucepan and melt over medium heat.
- Once thoroughly melted and mixed, remove from heat. Quickly drop in the essential oils, so their constituents aren't damaged. Mix with a wooden spoon or popsicle stick.
- Slowly and carefully pour the salve mix into either a glass jar or small tins. Pour slowly to prevent air bubbles. Wait until the mixture has cooled completely before using. Seal with an airtight lid.
This will be so nice to have on hand on the days that one of us is feeling unwell. I have always loved using a vapor rub at night - now I can feel better knowing that all of the ingredients inside are perfectly safe for my family and myself. I always end up making way too much for myself with these recipes and gifting tins to my friends. They make such a sweet little "just because" present!