2.21.2013

Eucalyptus Chest Rub


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A few weeks ago my sister asked me to help her make a chest rub for two of her kids who had trouble breathing at night.  So, I looked at different recipes and added some ingredients of my own.  I didn't have all of the essential oils needed so I infused some olive oil with herbs that I had on hand (see instructions for this at the bottom - it's not as scary as it sounds).

It was easy to make this rub and it works just as well as any other chest rub you can purchase.  Another benefit of this chest rub is that it's homemade so I know exactly what's in it. We usually just put a few drops of Eucalyptus oil on our daughters' pajamas or sheets when they have a cold, but I like this method of putting it on better because it stays on longer and seems to work better because the oils get soaked into the skin.

*What you'll need:
2 teaspoons beeswax (I use pastilles for easy measuring)
1/2 teaspoon shea butter
1 teaspoon coconut oil  
1/4 cup olive oil
20-25 drops rosemary essential oil 
glass or tin containers (makes a little less than 1/2 cup)

What you'll do:
1.  Add your beeswax and shea butter to a double boiler (simply place a glass bowl over a boiling pot of water).

2.  Once beeswax and shea butter are melted add your coconut oil and olive oil.  Stir when melted using a wood skewer for easy clean up.

3.  Remove from heat and let sit 1-3 minutes.  Add essential oils and stir.

4.  Pour into containers and let harden before putting on the top.  Store in a cool dry place for up to a year.

To Use:
Simply scoop some chest rub out with your fingers and apply to chest and back.  You can also add to feet (especially the toes) before putting on socks at night.  This chest rub is super smooth and creamy and very easy to apply.

Notes: 
You can substitute the lavender or rosemary essential oils for peppermint or camphor.  I would just use caution if making this for children because the scent becomes much stronger when using either of those oils.

If you find this recipe to be too strong simply remelt and add more beeswax, coconut oil, and olive oil (same amounts of each).  If you find that it isn't strong enough, remelt and add more essential oils.

To quickly infuse oils with herbs:
1. Place a glass container in boiling water.  Be sure to put a cloth of some sort at the bottom so that the glass does not crack.  Put your oil and herbs in the glass container and simmer for 2-12 hours.  I use about 2 Tbsp of herbs per 1/4 cup but you can use more of less for your needs.  You will want to check on your oil often and add more water as it evaporates.
2. Remove from heat and strain olive oil using a sieve.   

A slower (more natural) way to infuse oils:
1.  Place herbs in a mason jar and fill with oil.
2.  Place jar in the sun for 1 week (or longer).  I normally keep mine in the sun (and moon) for up to 2 months before using them.

*All of the ingredients and containers needed for this chest rub can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs or from Amazon.

Disclaimer: The information in this post is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered as a recommendation or an endorsement of any particular medical or health treatment. Please do your own research.  Affiliate links have been included in this post.  This means that I will get a small percentage of sales if you purchase through clicking from this site.  This is at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for your support of this blog and my family.


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