DIY Chest Rub

beth October 8, 2012

Cold and flu season is coming hard and fast this year. It is time for us to stock up our natural medicine cabinet with herbal allies and homemade treatments to get us through the various illnesses of the season.

One of my go-to treatments when my family gets chest congestion, cough, or cold symptoms is my home made chest rub. This natural chest rub is an easy recipe, made with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, the highest quality oils you can find. This safe and effective remedy helps soothe cough and congestion, clears the sinuses, ease spasms, coughing, catarrh, is calming to the senses and helps promote a good night sleep.


½ C Coconut Oil

½ C Rosemary Infused Olive Oil (how to make an oil infusion) or Castor Oil
1oz Bees Wax

15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
20 drops Rosemary Essential Oil *

15 drops Eucalyptus or Ravensara Essential Oil**

20 drops Melaleuca essential Oil

10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil ***

Directions Melt the oils and bees wax in a double boiler set up until the bees wax is completely melted. Remove from heat. Add the essential oils and put in a container for later use.

You may choose to exclude Rosemary and Peppermint if you are using this while pregnant. That is fine. This blend will still help calm and soothe an irritated respiratory system without them.

To use simply rub onto the chest or back to relieve cough and congestion. For children under 6 months or people with respiratory issues, rub onto the bottom of the feet and put socks on.  The essential oils will permeate the large cells membraines in your feet and provide you with the medicinal benefit without the vapors.

You will not regret having this amazing chest or foot rub in your natural medicine cabinet.


What are your natural remedies for chest congestion?


*Avoid during pregnancy. Not for use with people with Epilepsy. Avoid if dealing with high blood pressure.

** Eucalyptus is great for children over 4 years old. Under 4 years use ravensara oil or exclude.

*** Use with caution during pregnancy

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  1. hi there Amanda. I am absolutely loving your blog, but i wanted to ask, is there an alternative to using the melaleuca oil? I personally choose not to use them.


  2. This is such a simple and easy recipe! Even though we almost never get sick, this wouldn’t be too much trouble to have around, just in case.


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  4. Is melaleuca oil the same as tee tree oil?


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  6. This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to try it. 🙂


  7. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!


  8. I’d love to try this! What’s the shelf life?


    • The shelf life is about a year. Really it will last longer because of the essential oils in it but a year is the shelf life of olive oil. As long as It does not smell “off” it is good.


  9. Hi.

    Liking the recipe, but was wondering why it’s not for use for people with epilepsy? Thanks.


  10. Is there a difference between using Castor Oil and a non-infused olive oil?


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  15. About how big of a jar does this make?


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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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