Just as winter is guaranteed to bring beautiful snow, crisp air and chilly temperatures; it also brings with it dry skin, chapped lips and nasty colds & flu! Guaranteed.
Get prepared for the inevitable with a these simple, yet effective homemade, Mama approved, home remedies. You can whip these up in just a few minutes—and when you need them? You’ll be glad you did. Promise.
Homemade Eucalyptus Chest Rub Salve
Essential Oils are powerful, natural, God given medicine. They are my ‘go to’, first line of prevention and defense. Eucalyptus carries antibacterial and antifungal properties; it works wonders on chest congestion and clearing our airways when we’ve got those nasty winter colds. You will need a pan to melt your ingredients in, something to stir with (I use a popsicle stick or chopstick) and a container/lid to store the finished product in. I use half pint canning jars or tins. The size of your container will determine how much salve you want to make (or vice-versa), so I will list the ingredient amounts in “parts” instead of a pre-determined amount.
So for examples sake, in this recipe, I am making my batch to fit in a half pint canning jar, I used 1 Cup of Coconut Oil and 1/2 Cup of Beeswax. Simply melt the oil and beeswax in a pan on a medium low temperature, once melted completely remove from heat and add your essential oils. Gently stir. Pour into your container, let it cool and harden. The salve will solidify within 10-15 minutes. Let it cool and harden up another 30 minutes or so. Cover and store in a cool, dark location for up to a year. To use, just apply to the chest area and right under the nose. However, my secret weapon? Apply liberally to the feet and put some socks on your patient—this method works wonders! (For first time use, always do a small test on the skin to make sure no one has unknown allergies or reactions!) If you find your salve is too soft, like the consistency of an ointment, you can scoop it back into the pan, re-melt it and add more beeswax. If it is too hard, re-melt and add a bit more coconut oil. If you are unhappy with the strength of your essential oils, just re-melt to add more! This is a very forgiving recipe!
You can customize this recipe to your preferences by using other essential oils that are known to help with chest congestion. (NOTE: if you are pregnant or nursing, research the oils you choose to use! Some essential oils are not good to use during pregnancy/nursing). I love to use Hyssop; it smells wonderful and has excellent respiratory healing properties. I often substitute oils just depending on what I have in my ‘home remedies pantry’. You will want a minimum of 40 drops of essential oil, with Eucalyptus as your main base oil; but there is room to get creative too.
Another wintertime woe is chapped lips and dry skin; a simple effective remedy is made with just 3 ingredients in under 3 minutes! This recipe for ‘non-petroleum’ jelly aka ‘vaseline’ works great and it just doesn’t get any easier that this!
Combine beeswax, butter and oil in a small saucepan. Melt over very low heat or in the top of a double boiler. Pour into a jar or tin, to cool and harden; apply to chapped lips and skin as needed. Done.
Home remedies are simple to make, and are so much better for our bodies than their commercial counterparts. I’d much rather go to my pantry and mix up ‘medicine’ with essential oils, herbs and pantry staples–than get a pill or the latest OTC meds filled with mystery ingredients. These simple recipes are life lessons in teaching our children how God provides for our needs through His hand, His creation, and how we can take care of one another, naturally.
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