Get ready for the cold & flu season with these all-natural recipes
Before we know it, the season of colds and sniffles and coughs will be upon us. One of my readers shared with me these three recipes, and I wanted to pass them along to you before you’re faced with a sick family and have no choice but to make a mad dash to the drugstore.
These recipes require natural ingredients such as essential oils, coconut oil, and herbs. They’re very simple to make and will provide an all-natural alternative to whatever the drugstore sells, and I’m a big fan of Nyquil! Another reason to make these is just to learn how to make your own salves and oil mixtures — a great skill for any Survival Mom.
By the way, I tried to track down the original source of the first two recipes but couldn’t find them online. If you know of the source, please let me know so I can give proper credit.
Homemade Liquid Vapor Rub
1 oz. coconut oil
1 oz. olive oil
6 drops tea tree essential oil
4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
4 drops lavender essential oil
Warm the coconut oil until liquid. Combine all ingredients. Let sit at room temperature or in the refrigerator until solidified.
Essential Oil Vapor Rub
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
3 drops thyme essential oil
1/8 c. olive oil
Combine all the oils and mix well. To use, rub oil mixture over the throat and chest, then cover up to help increase the warming effect. This is very effective when done right at bedtime as it helps relieve congestion and helps you fall asleep more easily.
Congestion Rub from Mexican Wildflowers blog
1/2 c. dried lavender (antiseptic healing, topically healing, pain relieving)
1/4 c. dried mullein leaves (helps break up congestion)
1/4 c. dried peppermint (cooling and provides pain relief)
1/4 c. fresh grated ginger (breaks up congestion)
3/4 c. coconut oil
3/4 c. olive oil
3 T. beeswax pellets
Using a small crockpot, add the oils and herbs and cook on, “warm” for 2 days. Be sure to keep the crockpot covered with a lid. On the third day, drain the oil in a mesh colander lined with cheesecloth to separate the oil from the herbs. With a cloth or paper towel, wipe out the crockpot and reheat the oil. Add the beeswax pellets one tablespoon at a time and stir until the wax melts and the mixture is smooth. Pour the rub into small glass or metal containers with lids. Allow to cool before using. You can rub this under the nose to alleviate congestion, on the chest or even feet!
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