From The Herbal Medicine Cabinet: Natural Vapor Rub

all-natural vapor rub - perfect for winter congestion

It's the season for colds and allergies and with me being allergic to almost everything I love {i.e. cats, dogs, & chickens although I'm not allergic to J, thankfully}, I'm using a vapor rub all of the time it seems.  The over-the-counter ones are downright smelly, and not something you want to wear while out and about.  Not to mention they are made with petroleum and/or contain parabens and formaldehyde.  No thank you!

So, I started making my own.  We sell a slightly different version in our store, but I wanted to share the recipe with you because it would be a great small gift for the Holidays - something that would be useful and, best of all, natural!




Natural Vapor Rub
makes:

4 teaspoons grated beeswax {or beeswax pastilles}
2 tablespoons shea or mango butter
3 tablespoons coconut oil
10 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
10 drops Peppermint Oil
5 drops Rosemary Oil
2 drops Sweet Birch Oil, optional
4 - 1 ounce tins, tubes or jars

To Make the Rub: *Stovetop method* In the top of a double boiler {or pyrex bowl set over simmering water}, gently heat the beeswax, butter and coconut oil together until the beeswax is completely melted over medium-low heat.   Remove from heat. Add in the essential oils and stir.  Pour into tins or other containers.

*Microwave method* In a pyrex measuring cup {or pyrex or glass bowl that is microwave-safe}, measure out all the ingredients except the essential oils.  Microwave at 40 second intervals, stirring between each, until fully melted.  Stir in the essential oils.  Pour into tins, jars or other containers.

**For children under 5, you will not want to use the Peppermint or Sweet Birch.  Always consult with your physician before using herbs or essential oils on children. 
Alternative essential oil blend:
10 drops lavender, 6 drops each rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus

***as with all items containing herbs or essential oils, please consult with your physician before using if you have medical conditions and/or are pregnant.***

Other healing balms or salves:
All-Purpose Balm/Salve
Little One's All-Purpose Balm/Salve


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1 comment:

daisy g said...

Sounds like a great alternative! Thanks for the reminder that I need to put in an order for Christmas! Hope your allergies are under control. Enjoy your weekend!