Homemade Remedies: DIY Chest Rub for Colds and Stuffiness

Homemade Chest Rub for Colds and Stuffiness

During this winter season, we can catch a virus or cold and develop congestion and stuffiness. I like to use natural products without chemicals including petroleum jelly. My body does not react well to petroleum products. This recipe is easy to make and use.

If you have never tried an essential oil before, dilute it and try a patch test on your arm before applying to the whole body. Do not use essential oils on children under 5, senior citizens or anyone with a compromised immune system. Consult your medical professional for contraindications if you take prescription medications or  are pregnant. See Tips on Making Beauty Treatments and Intro to Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for more information.



5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
3 drops of essential oil of lavender
2 drops of essential oil of peppermint
1 oz sweet almond oil




1. Blend oils together.
2. Store in a dark glass bottle as essential oils are affected by light.
3. Massage onto chest neck, abdomen and shoulders at night.



When you are feeling congested and achy from a cold, massage oil blend into your chest, neck, abdomen and shoulders before retiring. It will ease congestion and aid healing.

If you wish a natural aid for congestion when you cannot wear the oil on your body, make a blend of essential oils without the sweet almond oil. Place in a glass dish next to where you are sitting. It will still assist you in relieving congestion. Caution: Do not apply essential oils to the skin without mixing with carrier oil.

For those of you who do not want to mix your own oil, there are a few products available you can purchase. Check out your local health food store or search online, and read the ingredients on the products. Avoid anything that contains something you are allergic to.


Wishing you good health!






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