Eucalyptus Chest Rub
This is a great natural remedy to assist with soothing congestion and coughs. It's also a great opportunity to give your children and babies a massage (more on massage benefits here).
Eucalyptus is a folk treatment for coughs as an expectorant. There is also modern research to prove that eucalyptus oil is both an antimicrobial and an immune stimulant. All great things to put on a coughing child`s chest.
Making this recipe got me thinking of all the merits of DIY-ing. Here's a shortlist of benefits I identified:
Products that are customized precisely to our needs. In this case, a chest rub safe for the age of my children.
Creating less waste: I refill my chest rub jar as often as I need every winter, therefore less packaging overall is used.
Using less energy: no transportation of the product from factory to store/ storage, no warehouse storage, no store air conditioning etc...
Using local plants in our formulations. Local plants are said to be more compatible with our bodies, as they experience the same climate, seasonality, environmental factors and so on.
DIY-ing enables us to gain skills, knowledge, and experience as well as providing teaching opportunities for our kids.
Choosing ingredients we feel totally comfortable with and have vetted ourselves.
To name a few.
So many positive benefits, it really keeps me going when the excitement of DIYing fades away to the chore of getting all this stuff done!
Eucalyptus Chest Rub:
1 tbsp grated beeswax
5 tbsp infused eucalyptus almond oil
2 tbsp thyme and mint-infused almond oil (How to infuse oils)
5 drops ravensara essential oil
5 drops eucalyptus Radiata essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops mint essential oil (omit for children under 5 years old)
In double boiler melt beeswax. Add infused oils and remelt beeswax. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Pour into jars and labels.
To use massage on chest and upper back.
What is your DIY motivation? And how do you help your loved ones with congestion?