Monday, May 24, 2010
Well, the damp chilly weather of late has gotten to me ... I guess it's my first cold of the season. And that means thick socks and hot soup and green tea and olive leaf extract and vitamin C and decongestant ... (and maybe the occasional moan for sympathy ... )
One of the things I remember about getting sick as a kid was getting some Vicks rubbed onto my chest and upper back. That super-strong smell just cleared out your whole head. Unfortunately, that particular product of my childhood days has turpentine and petroleum products in it- not really what I'm into these days.
So, I made my own version. It did clear up my sinuses and make me feel nice, but just a note: it seems to require more regular application than the storebought version. But given how good coconut oil is for your skin, your chest will probably appreciate it ...
And if you have any good cold remedies, please send them my way!!
Coconut Chest Rub
1 heaping spoonful extra virgin coconut oil, in solidified state
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
*3 drops peppermint essential oil
*my first batch didn't include this, but my next one did!!
As always, remember to keep essential oils out of the reach of children, and try to use organic ingredients when you can.
1. Mix them together in a small pot and rub into your chest and upper back.
2. If it's coldish in the house (say, less than mid-20c C or 60s F) you can keep this out at room temperature. Otherwise, put it in a cool place (like the fridge or entryway) so the coconut oil doesn't liquify.
How much did this cost me?
Probably around $0.50 per batch. The coconut oil cost me around $0.30 and the oils were probably the same as I used such small amounts.
Better go for now, I hear a cup of tea calling me ...