DIY Monday: Cold & Congestion Relief Balm
Today's DIY project is a simple, safe and gentle balm for treating the symptoms of colds and congestion. I posted it several months back, but both boys have their first bad cold of the season, so I made this over the weekend again and thought I'd share:
I wrote about why you should avoid Vick's, especially is you have children, and supplied a recipe for an aromatherapeutic oil to help relieve cold symptoms.
I've had many requests to share my Cold & Congestion Balm recipe and I'd like to right now.
Just use this as you would Vick's. It is especially effective when you rub it into your feet and cover with cotton socks. Do not put in your nose or mouth or near other mucous membranes.
This will make enough for about a 1 ounce jar, give or take a bit either way depending on spillage (which I often do).
4 teaspoons of Grated Beeswax (I use a cheese grater for this)
2 t. Shea Butter
8 t. Coconut Oil
2 t. Sweet Almond Oil
Essential Oils Needed: Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender, Tea Tree, Sweet Orange
Note: If you do not have these supplies, read on. You can use cocoa butter or mango butter in exchange for shea. As for the oils, you can substitute rice bran, sunflower, safflower, soybean, olive, etc. Hemp Seed and Grapeseed are nice, too.
Melt the beeswax and oils over low to medium heat in a saucepan. Most recipes say you need a double boiler. You really do not to make this project at home.
Let cool for a moment when melted. Now add in your essential oils: 5 to 10 drops of eucalyptus, and up to 5 drops each of lavender, tea tree, and rosemary oils followed by 3 drops of sweet orange or lemon essential oil.
Pour quickly through a small funnel right into your pots. If you do not have one, you can carefully pour using a small pot if you have one.
Let cool. I let these sit for about 3 hours before capping.
Please consult a medical professional for your condition. This recipe is for natural symptom treatment and is not to be substituted for medical diagnosis or treatment.