I am not sure about you, but I love the smell of the store bought Vicks Vapor Rub, especially when I am congested. It helps you breathe so much better and the minty smell is invigorating! The only thing I dislike about Vicks is the fact that they use petrolatum and turpentine oil.
Because your skin is the biggest organ in your immune system, one must be very careful what you apply topically. Everything applied to the skin is absorbed into the blood stream. This is why natural organic body care products are so important.
Petrolatum is made of wax and minerals but it has been proven to suffocate the skin, cause premature aging, has been linked to cancer, and can disrupt the body's natural ability to moisturize. You can read more about it in this article.
Vicks Vapor Rub also uses Turpentine oil which is made from Pine trees, but it has been known to be caustic and cause skin irritation. You can read more about this oil in this article.
So instead of purchasing Vicks for my little ones, I began experimenting and came up with my own recipe.
- Two 4 ounce tins
- 4 ounces of Olive Oil
- 1/2 ounce Peppermint oil
- 1/2 ounce Camphor oil
- 1/2 ounce Eucalyptus oil
- 1/2 ounce Menthol crystals (optional)
- 1/4 ounce beeswax pellets
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- Fill bottom of double boiler with water and heat burner to low/medium heat.
- In the top of your double boiler combine your Olive oil and beeswax pellets.
- Stir until beeswax is almost completely melted and then add menthol crystals if using.
- When the beeswax and menthol crystals are melted add your Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Camphor essential oils.
- Pour into your four ounce tins and let cool
- When your mixture is completely cooled, you can put the lid on to store and enjoy :)
* If your salve is too soft once it is hardened, spoon it back into the top of the double broiler and add a little more beeswax. Depending on your climate, you may need more to keep it firm, or you could just store it in the refrigerator.
Storage and Use
There is no expiration date on herbal concoctions, but they are most potent if used within a year of making. It is also best to not keep them in the heat or store them by the stove. The heat will make them lose their potency.
This homemade salve is a topical ointment and can be used for any type of respiratory ailment. I have found it very beneficial for sinus infection relief, common colds, and flu. I typically apply it to the bottom of the feet, chest, along the spine, and under the nose.
If you are suffering from a sinus infection, on the temples, forehead, and back of the neck are the most helpful places.
Please note that I am not a doctor, but am sharing what has worked best for my family. I hope you find this salve useful and helpful in relieving your ailments. I would love to hear your comments below on different natural remedies you have made! :)