I make my own homemade DIY chest rub that my husband swears by. During cold and flu season, I am very busy whipping up batches of this creative wonder to help us relieve congestion. Play around with the ingredients and add the ingredients that work best for you and your family.
Most of the below dry ingredients I grow organically in my garden, but you can purchase your ingredients online or at the store. I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herbs if you are purchasing your ingredients online. You can click on the banner on the right hand side of the page that say Mountain Rose Herbs and it will take you directly to their site. They sell top quality ingredients that I trust and have no reservation to recommend them to my followers.
If you are leaving your ingredients to absorb for several days to several weeks, put only dry ingredients into the jar with the oil to avoid any mold build up if water is present. You can add any essential oils to your batch at the end of completion.
In a clean, dry pint glass jar and the follow dry herbs and dry ingredients:
1 to 2 Tablespoons dried cayenne peppers, crushed ( your preference on heat!) I use 2 Tlbs
1/4 cup crushed dry Eucalyptus leaves ( or you can add 5-8 drops Eucalyptus essential oil at the end just before mixing remedy)
1/4 cup dry mint leaves ( or 10 drops essential oil at the end)
1 Tablespoon dried lavender flowers (or 5-8 drops essential oil before mixing)
1/4 cup dry crushed mullein leaves
1 Tablespoon Dried Rosemary ( or 5-10 drops essential oil)
Pour olive oil ( or oil of your choice) into pint jar over dried ingredients until completely covered and mix together well with wooden spoon or plastic fork or spoon. Do not use metal! Cover with cheesecloth, or breathable clothe and place in sunny area for at least one week. The longer it sits the more the dry herbs will absorb into the oil. Or, for a quick remedy (you may not get as much healing benefits though) you can add all ingredients, herbs and oil into the double boiler and keep on low heat while stirring occasionally for 30-45 minutes. Stir ingredients frequently while they are absorbing in the oil if placed in a sunny area for several days.
Once absorption is complete, strain oil into a double boiler and discard the herbs and flowers. (I do not compost these since they are covered in oil.) Turn double boiler on low heat and add approximately 2 teaspoons of organic beeswax pastilles and one heaping teaspoon of organic coconut oil. Stir until completely melted and remove from heat.
Let ingredients sit for approximately 3 to 5 minutes and the add the essential oils you would like to use for your chest rub. Below are the essential oils I add for my family.
8 drops Rosemary essential oil
5-8 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops peppermint oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
Mix thoroughly and add to a clean dry glass jar. Done!
You may want to play around with the consistency of this salve until it soot’s your needs. If you prefer thicker, simply add more beeswax.
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