At this time of year I’m always in a bit of denial that winter is here to stay for a while. Or maybe more than a while. Why don’t I live in Hawaii? Winter inevitably means that cold and flu season is upon us and while I sure hope my family can avoid it like we did last year, I still made a bunch of this Fabulous Chest Rub just in case.
If my trusty essential oils keep us all healthy again this winter, then I’ll have lots of my Fabulous Chest Rub to pass along to friends and family.
In my never-ending quest to rid my house of questionable ingredients my first stop was the medicine cabinet. I’ve replaced pretty much everything in there with homemade remedies but Vicks Vaporub seemed to have a stay of execution. Considering that I banned petroleum jelly from my vocabulary several years ago, and Vicks is just petroleum jelly with essential oils of questionable quality, I realized it too had to go.
Finding a replacement wasn’t hard. I just took my Fabulous Skin Salve and tweaked the essential oils with ones that work on respiratory and nasal issues. I only use certified pure essential oils because they are of the highest purity you can buy. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and what you put on you, you put in you, so whatever brand you use make sure it is pure enough to take internally.
Put the coconut oil, EVOO and beeswax in a glass jar (I like to use a wide-mouth pint mason jar) and place jar in a pan about half-full of water. Heat up water, stirring mixture frequently until everything completely melts. The beeswax will seem like it’s never going to and just when you’re about to give up, Bam!, it’s gone. Carefully lift the jar out of the pan (use oven mitts please, it’s hot!) and place it on a dish towel on your counter.
Immediately add arrowroot powder, by slowly sprinkling it into the oil, stirring vigorously at the same time to prevent clumping. Now you need to let the mixture cool for a few minutes because essential oils lose their medicinal properties in high heat. My rule of thumb is if I can hold my fingers hard against the jar for ten seconds without screaming, it’s ready to add the vitamin E and the EO’s. Not very scientific I know, but it works. Snip the ends of the vitamin E capsules and squeeze into the jar. Add the essential oils and mix thoroughly.
As soon as you have added your EO’s you need to get this stuff into jars stat! My favorite container is a 4 oz. mason jelly jar. Immediately pour into desired containers and cover with a piece of paper towel so nothing weird gets in there. Do not disturb for several hours and preferably overnight. Once completely cooled, put lids on and store at room temperature.
This recipe will fill two 4 0z. jelly jars so you can keep one and give one away to a sick friend. Wow, I love how you’re always willing to help people in need. You should go treat yourself right now with those Oreo Truffles you stashed in the back of the freezer. Good job!
Fabulous Vapor Rub with Essential Oils (EOs)
1/2 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. beeswax pastilles
1/2 tsp. vitamin E (I use 2 of the 1000 I.U. softgels)
1/2 tsp arrowroot powder or cornstarch (to cut greasiness)
30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
30 drops peppermint essential oil
20 drops wintergreen essential oil
20 drops white fir essential oil
Combine first 4 ingredients in a glass jar and place in a pot half-filled with water. Bring water to a boil and stir frequently until ingredients are completely melted. Remove jar from pan and place on a dish towel on the counter. Slowly add arrowroot powder, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Allow mixture to cool enough that you can touch the jar comfortably for at least ten seconds. Add vitamin E and essential oils and stir well. Pour into glass containers with tight fitting lids. (I use 4 oz. mason jars). Cover with a piece of paper towel so nothing weird gets into it. Do not disturb for several hours and preferably overnight. Once completely cooled, put lids on and store at room temperature.
Makes approx. 8 oz.