Natural remedies can be effective against the miserable symptoms of the flu and colds. We use a lot of essential oils in our home, with eucalyyptus, lavender, and frankincense all good choices for a flu patient’s sick room.
These 3 recipes use natural ingredients that can be found in the healthy living section of grocery stores, in health food stores, and on Amazon. These can be made ahead of time and then stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator until needed.
Homemade Aromatic Chest 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.
Herbal Congestion Rub
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
This recipe takes a couple of days to make and then another few days to allow the ingredients to settle in and “marry”. First, combine the essential oils in a small crock pot and then mix in all the herbs. Cook on Low for 2 days. Prepare to filter the herbal mixture by placing a piece of cheesecloth in a mesh colander. Pour the hot mixture into the colander and allow time for it to filter through, leaving the herbs behind.
Pour the filtered oil back into the the crock pot and add the beeswax pellets, a few at a time until the wax is all melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour the rub into small jars, cap tightly, and store in a cool, dark location.
By the way, when you see recipes calling for various dried herbs and other ingredients for natural recipes like these, Amazon is probably the best source of these. There are usually multiple vendors selling any one ingredient, so you can comparison shop. My favorite store, Natural Kitchen, carries these types of ingredients, but never everything I need. So, keep Amazon in mind if you’ve wanted to try your hand at making various natural ingredient recipes but didn’t know where to find the ingredients.
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