How to Make Vapo-Rub

It is interesting to me that people always seem to blame the cold weather for cold and flu season. My grandmother loved to preach,

                       "If you go out in the cold with wet hair, you will catch your death!"

We tried it. Again and again.  All it did for us in the snowy Utah winters was result in chunks of frozen hair by the time we got to school. Frozen boogers too...something that doesn't happen often in Oklahoma.

My theory on why we hear of more sickness this time of year is because it is the most sugar filled time of the year. It starts in October and goes to Christmas. Halloween candy to Thanksgiving pie and on to the Christmas chocolates. The ones shaped like bells, with Peanut Butter inside. I love those...  Add to that pound cake and Christmas cookies and hot cocoa and you have an immunity issue just waiting to happen. Plus, who really feels like eating veggies in December. Not me! We learned a valuable lesson from our Elf today. Eating sugar lowers immunity and makes you susceptible to all kinds of nasty buggers. Come essential oils to the rescue! (Oh, and don't forget the veggies).

Eucalyptus or a respiratory blend.  I think every mom of little ones should have a bottle. I remember the frustration of having a little one and there was nothing to do for them. Not the case anymore. Put a little (as in one drop) on your own neck and snuggle baby close. Amazing relief!  Or run in a diffuser. One drop can also be diluted in 1 T of carrier oil and put on chest. I love this wonderful salve created by my friend Carrie.  Already diluted to be suitable for babies and children, but powerful enough for me as well!

Carrie's All Natural Vapo-Rub
20 drops eucalyptus
10 drops rosemary
10 drops peppermint
10 drops lavender
10 drops lemon
2 cups coconut oil (or other carrier oil)
3 T Organic beeswax (less for a lotion like consistency)
Gently heat the coconut oil and beeswax until just melted.
Add the essential oils and mix well. Pour into containers to cool.
Lather up feet and chest as needed.

I created my own sinus salts as well after a neighbor let me smell some she bought at a craft fair. They are simple and wonderfully effective.

Janine's Snot Salts
2 cups Epsom Salts
20 drops eucalyptus
20 drops peppermint
10 drops wintergreen or spearmint

Put all ingredients in a bag and shake until well incorporated. Keep in an airtight container when not in use. Open bag and inhale or add a few tablespoons to bath or humidifier.
Or, if you can fit, climb right in the bag.

Other essential oils to promote healthy respiratory function:


Take a drop of any and put in the palm of the hand. Then rub the hands together and cup over the nose and breathe. Repeat every 15 min as necessary. Sometimes I like to mix two together. Anything mixed with lime is amazing!

*Disclaimer: None of these remedies have been endorsed by the FDA. The suggestions are not meant to diagnose, treat or cure. Always use your own best judgment and the advice of a trusted medical advisor.

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