Charlynn Avery is the master aromatherapist and national educator for Aura Cacia. In her work, she travels around the United States teaching about safe and effective essential oil use and is passionate about the power of plants. Hopefully, cold and flu won’t strike at your home this year, but in case it does, her natural vapor rub is fun to make, smells like a Christmas dream, and is a handy immune-boosting remedy to have around.
In the winter months, we can use a little essential oil help to stay protected and to promote general well-being. Aromatherapy has historically been used to keep us going in times of illness and help support a positive mood, which helps us flourish during the holiday season.
Need something cooling and soothing to open up the respiratory passages, but want to steer clear of petroleum-based products? I've been making this really easy homemade chest rub every winter, and it's really a miracle worker! Making your own rub at home is super easy and allows you to harness the powerful benefits of plants without relying on a byproduct of the oil industry.
If you don't have the necessary ingredients on hand or don't want to take the time to make this recipe, mixing the essential oils with coconut oil works almost as well.
Makes 2 fluid ounces
- 9 drops eucalyptus (globulus) essential oil
- ½ fluid ounce organic castor oil
- 2-ounce amber bottle
- 12 drops lemon tea tree essential oil
- 1½ fluid ounces sweet almond oil
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil
- Combine all ingredients into amber bottle, replace cap, and shake until well-blended.
- To use, apply to chest and massage well into skin, breathing deeply.
- Use as needed to help reduce coughing and congestion.
The peppermint provides a cool, tingling sensation, while the eucalyptus and lemon tea tree help open up airways and loosen coughs. For young children you’ll want to use about half the amount of essentials oils. Don’t use this mixture at all on children under two. For children under two you can add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to their bath water or to a diffuser to help with congestion.