Winter is coming? Keep calm and breathe!

Winter is approaching and with it, colds and blocked noses, sore throats and coughs. Last year, I tested a homemade recipe of a crème that is very similar to Vicks VapoRub ointment. I easily found all the ingredients in The Netherlands and of course I privileged organic ingredients.

Did you know that it is easy to make your own?

This ointment has been used for several decades to relieve coughs and other cold symptoms. This decongestant, used to fight common respiratory diseases (colds, coughs, simple bronchitis) is actually easy to make.

We can therefore make ourselves an organic and natural version, from vegetable butters, beeswax and essential oils.

The Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 20g coconut oil
  • 25g Shea butter
  • 4g beeswax (optional)
  • 25 drops essential oil of eucalyptus radiata
  • 20 drops essential oil of menthe piperita
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 15 drops essential oil of lavandula angustifolia
  • 10 drops Essential oil of lemon
  • 5 drops essential oil of Ravintsara

Procedure:

Melt the coconut oil and Shea butter together in a Bain Marie. Let the mix cool down. Add the essential oils one after the other and mix well. When it has become smooth, pour it into a jar previously disinfected with 70° alcohol.

Beeswax: Optional

To thicken the formula a little bit, it is possible to add 4 g beeswax to the coconut oil and Shea butter mix. Without beeswax, the preparation has the consistency of a creamy honey.

Usage

As soon as the first symptoms of a cold appear, apply the value of a small teaspoon – or a hazelnut – once or twice a day on the chest and/or back and massage well. Do not use for more than 5 consecutive days. Wash your hands thoroughly after use.

This balm is RESERVED FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN OF 6 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER. Not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Essential oils should be used sparingly. Find out before using them. This article is the fruit of my personal experience. I decline all responsibility for the consequences of improper use of the products mentioned.

Illustration credits:
Background of initial picture : Joe Yates on Unsplash

Post written by Delphine Stein