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 found a recipe and now I make 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.