As you may know I just love making homemade recipes to see if they really save me money. It’s just so much fun to try to re-create products and find ways to be more natural. Plus the survivalist in me wants to know how I can make something like homemade natural chest rub just in case of an emergency. So I really hope you adore this recipe as much as I do. Say hello to a new homemade chest rub recipe that excludes petroleum and turpentine and that soothes naturally.
To make your own homemade chest rub, you’ll need the following:
¼ C coconut oil (buy some on Amazon here)
1 T beeswax (buy some on Amazon here)
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
20 total drops other essential oils of choice. I used 10 drops lemon and 10 drops sweet orange for this mix.
In a double boiler melt the coconut oil and beeswax together while gently stirring until mixture is smooth and well combined. I obviously need a new double boiler, so I had to go with plan B—Set a metal bowl on top of a pot of gently boiling water. Ta da! Double boiler.
This is what my oil and beeswax looked like about 30 seconds after adding them to the bowl.
When mixture is smooth, remove from heat and quickly add in essential oils before the rub starts to solidify. It won’t become totally solid, but it’s definitely easier to mix while it’s still in liquid form.
Pour into storage jar of choice. I used a leftover baby food jar and it was the perfect (and frugal) fit. I added a strip of Washi Tape around it too.
I find it works especially well if rubbed on the bottom of your feet and covered with socks before bed. This is the same strength as regular store-bought chest rub, so if using on children under 2, be sure to dilute with more oil.
So, how does the homemade vapor rub price compare to store-bought chest rub?
Let’s break it down.
Coconut Oil: $0.58
Essential Oils: under $0.50
Total Cost: $1.73
A regular container of chest rub at my local store is $4.75, so our homemade version is 64% cheaper! And no petroleum as an added bonus!
This stuff seriously comes together in minutes, and one jar should last quite a while. Try it out and let me know what you think.