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Menthol Chest Balm Recipe

Herbal Chest Rub Recipes for Winter

Need something cooling and soothing to open up the respiratory passages, but want to steer clear of petroleum-based products? 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 thatare 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. You can then add essential oils or menthol crystals to formulate a balm for your needs.


You may be familiar with the strong scent of menthol, but what exactly are menthol crystals? Menthol is a solid constituent of mint oil that gives the plant its strong fragrance. These potent crystals are made from cornmint (Mentha arvensis) essential oil using a totally natural process. The distilled essential oil is chilled to a temperature of -22ºC to isolate and crystallize the menthol. These crystals dissolve readily in alcohol and can be dissolved in water or oil at a melting point of 111.2ºF. Menthol crystals are often used in cosmetics, salves, balms, creams, throat lozenges, toothpaste, mouthwash, gum, foot sprays, shampoos, liniments, shaving creams, compresses, and cooling gels. Since menthol crystals are so concentrated, only a small amount is needed to make these recipes. 

Herbal Chest Rub Recipes for Winter

Basic Vapor Rub

Directions

  1. 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. 
  2. Place beeswax and oil in the top of a double boiler and heat gently until the beeswax melts.
  3. Remove from the stovetop and stir in the essential oils, counting each drop carefully.
  4. Immediately pour the mixture into glass jars and place lids loosely over the jars so the oils don't escape, but allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the containers.  

Menthol Chest Balm

Directions

  1. Depending on the texture you want, measure out the beeswax. Less wax will yield more of an ointment viscosity, while the whole ounce of wax will create a more solid, lip balm like consistency. 
  2. Heat the olive oil and beeswax in a double boiler until the beeswax melts. Remove from heat.
  3. Add menthol crystals (1/2 tsp for a gentle balm or 1 tsp for a stronger remedy) and essential oils, stir until dissolved, and quickly pour into jars.
  4. Immediately place lids loosely over the jars so the oils don't escape, but allow to cool completely before placing caps onto the containers.   

Note: The menthol crystals may be irritating when inhaled, so always use them in a well ventilated area or wear a mask if needed.

Herbal Chest Rub Recipes for Winter

Topics: All Recipes, Traditional Herbal Recipes, Aromatherapy Recipes

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Written by Friends on December 28, 2015