I love using this homemade chest rub on my family. Store-bought chest rubs can be quite harsh – particularly on young children – and sometimes a simple homemade chest rub recipe is just what the doctor ordered. This cold and flu chest rub combines the healing qualities of four antibacterial and antiviral essential oils.
What you’ll need:
- Mixing bowl
- Jar with an airtight lid
- 1 jar of coconut oil (or fractionated coconut oil if storing in a pump bottle)
- 10-15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 10 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10-15 drops lavender essential oil
- Heat the coconut oil until it turns to liquid, then add into a glass mixing dish.
- Add essential oils and mix together in bowl until everything is combined.
- Scoop into clean jar, with an airtight lid (make sure jar has been sterilised beforehand by soaking in hot water and tea tree essential oil).
- Allow mixture to re-solidify in room temperature or for easier use, just put in fridge until hard.
- Store at room temperature – will last for a year.
Please note: coconut oil will melt in summer so store in the fridge.
BREAKDOWN OF INGREDIENTS
Peppermint oil – reduces coughs, contains antimicrobial properties that can help fight bacteria, helps reduce nausea, relaxes muscles, eases pain, and is commonly used to treat headaches and migraines.
Eucalyptus oil – reduces fevers, helps relieve coughing, clears the chest, opens up nasal passages, clears sinuses, facilitates easy breathing, soothes headaches, and fights viruses.
Lavender oil – calming, helps with fatigue, is commonly used to relax the mind and nervous system, and can help treat headaches and migraines.
Tea tree oil – inhibits bacteria, fights infection, helps relieve a sore throat, and contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.