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Homemade Vapor Rub – Natural Congestion Relief

Updated: Dec 21, 2018

There is nothing worse than being plagued by chest congestion and a blocked respiratory system. A common cold can feel like it is literally sucking the air and life out of your chest, making breathing a chore, and sleep nearly impossible.

Over the counter medication and that ultra-strong minty rub are some of the most effective ways to clear congestion and give your body relief, but the abundance of chemicals and manufactured ingredients can be less than desirable. Luckily, the natural alternatives can be just as effective as the over-the-counter products, and you can even have fun with different scents if you don't want a nose full of pure menthol.

All you need to make your homemade congestion remedy is coconut oil, beeswax, Shea butter, and essential oils.

Peppermint is one of nature's most versatile plants. In the cold and flu season, use peppermint to help calm coughs and soothe sore throats.

Lavender and eucalyptus are a must if you are using this rub to help fight a cold. Herbal researchers have found that a two-percent dilution of eucalyptus oil kills as many as 70% of airborne staphylococcus bacteria.

1/2 cup Coconut Oil

1/2 cup Shea Butter or Coconut Butter

2 TBSP Beeswax

For an extra DIY project, combine the beeswax and coconut oil with a couple drops of your favorite scent to make homemade lip balm

Research has found that the oils from anise, peppermint, and eucalyptus reduce coughing.

10 Drops of Eucalyptus Oil 8 Drops of Peppermint Oil 8 Drops of Clove, Lavendar or Tea Tree Oil

Directions: Melt coconut oil, butter, and beeswax in a microwave-safe container on 30-second intervals until all the ingredients are in liquid form and able to mix. We prefer a pourable microwave-safe measuring container to make transferring the liquid easier.

Stir all the ingredients together until there is no separation Add in essential oils

Transfer immediately to a mason jar or container for storage.

Rub the mixture on your chest to help clear congestion. This is best done before bed.

Avoid the eyes and face. Test the mixture on a small patch of skin before rubbing large amounts on your chest to make sure you do not have a reaction to the oils. Always consult a physician before using any remedy to treat a medical condition or ailment.

Best essential oils for respiratory infections & congestion: Clove, tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, marjoram, thyme, ravensara ,birch, cedarwood, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint.

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