Unfortunately, most of the chest rubs we grew up using from the drugstore are made with a base of petroleum jelly and turpentine, along with herbal ingredients that are actually helpful, like eucalyptus and menthol. Such a shame!
Making your own rubs at home is super easy and allows you to harness the powerful benefits of these plants without relying on a byproduct of the oil industry. All you need is a simple salve base of organic carrier oil and beeswax to get started.
Basic Plant Based Vapor Rub
8 oz organic carrier oil (I used almond oil)
3/4 oz – 1 oz natural beeswax, coarsely chopped or use pellets
25 drops organic eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops organic peppermint essential oil
Depending on the texture you want, measure out the beeswax. Less wax will yield more of an ointment viscosity, while using the whole ounce of wax will create a more solid, lip balm like consistency. Place beeswax and oil in the top of a double boiler and heat gently until the beeswax melts. Remove from the stove top and stir in the essential oils, counting each drop carefully. Immediately pour the mixture into your tins and place lids loosely over the jars so the oils don’t escape, but allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the containers.