I’m sure many of you grew up with Vick’s Vapor Rub. Every time my siblings and I had a stuffy nose before mom would put us to bed she would rub Vick’s under our noses and on our chests to help break up the congestion so we could sleep better.
Since moving to Mexico I have found out two new ways that it is used, one way can be a bit toxic. The first way is to rub it on the soles of your feet and put socks on. This is a good thing because it helps soothe a cough. The second way is to swallow a dollop of it. Not a good idea, but my girls say that their moms and grandmas swear by it.
Over the past year I have decided to stay away from all products made from petroleum jelly, which is one of the main ingredients in Vick’s Vapor Rub. To read about the negative side effects of petroleum jelly click here. After doing some research I formulated my own congestion rub that I have found to work quite well.
1/2 cup Dried Lavender (antiseptic healing, topically healing, pain relieving, repels insects)
1/4 cup Dried Mullein Leaves (breaks up congestion)
1/4 cup Dried Peppermint (cooling, pain relieving)
1/4 cup Fresh Grated Ginger (breaks up congestion)
3/4 cup Coconut Oil
3/4 cup Olive Oil
3 TBP Beeswax Pellets
Add the oils to the crock pot. Once they are completely melted add the herbs and cook on warm for 2 days. I turn the crock pot off at night. On the third day drain off the oil in a mesh colander on a cheese cloth. Wipe out the crock pot and reheat the oil. Add the bee’s wax one table spoon at a time. Stir until the wax melts completely. Pour the rub in small glass jars or metal containers and let cool. Rub under the nose, on your chest or feet!