Breather Easier with DIY Chest Rub

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by Stephanie Gerber for Hello Natural Co.

My first cold of the season snuck up on me. Something about the change in seasons always disrupts my immune system, sending my allergies into overdrive. And there’s nothing worse than that stuffed-up, can’t-breathe, run-down feeling. Sometimes if I catch it early enough I can keep the sickness at bay (or at least prevent a sinus infection). The choice between decongestants that wire you or antihistamines that turn you into a zombie makes it easy to look for alternatives.

Ideally, I’d soak in a long, hot bath and enjoy a long, restful sleep. That never happens. Second best option: a shower that opens the sinuses and a simple chest rub that helps make the most of every minute of rest.

DIY Vapor Chest Rub

Supplies Needed

1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon beeswax
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil

To make, melt the coconut oil with the beeswax. (I use a Pyrex measuring cup heated in a saucepan with a couple of inches of water.) Let cool slightly and add essential oils. Pour into glass jar.

To use, massage into chest, back and feet. There’s not a lot of beeswax in the balm so it’s easy to warm and spread with your hands. Not recommended for use on children under 10 (source).

How do you survive cold season? Share your favorite remedy!

Photo credit: Hello Natural Co.

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