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Monday, October 25, 2010

Homemade Vapor Type Rub - Natural Style ;)

There's a nasty cold going around with a cough that likes to linger. I didn't have any natural chest rub on hand so I thought I'd make some. Thank the Lord, I had everything but the eucalyptus essential oil on hand. I saw several recipes online that looked neat. I also wanted to make sure that whatever I made would be helpful for the kids and baby as well. I ended up meshing a couple recipes together (story of my life) and here's what I came up with. The original recipe called for 30 drops eucalyptus eo but none of the other essential oils. Below is the recipe I used.

1 tablespoon beeswax
5 tablespoons coconut oil
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops tea tree oil

1. Using a double boiler (or I used a glass bowl in a boiling pot of water), melt the coconut oil and beeswax. Stir well.
2. After melted well till there are no more little pieces of beeswax, let the mixture sit a bit till it starts to solidify. Mix well to get clumps out and add eo's at this point.
3. Stir well and put into a jar with a tight fitting lid.

When using coconut oil, try to use raw, unrefined. For the beeswax, try making sure to purchase it from local honey suppliers. We got ours from Turtlebee Farms.

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