Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Essential Oils 101 - Plus Homemade Chest Rub

Seems as though sick season is in full force and it’s the worst when your kids get sick. 
Essential oils can help with symptoms. 
Here’s a little essential oils 101 if you will.

1  Oils do have tremendous healing properties but they are not the end all be all cure to ailments. 

2  It is very easy to learn about the properties that each oil possesses. Almost every store selling essential oils will have a manual that describes each oils properties. You can also use the internet machine to find out more about them.

3  You should buy 100% pure, steam distilled oils.

5  Oils are easy to find and buy. You can get them at any health food store or even on Amazon!

6   If you are putting oils on yourself and especially on kids you'll need to put them in carrier oil. Since oils are indeed an extract, meaning they are concentrated, putting them in carrier oil makes them usable. Carrier oil is just any cold pressed oil such as: olive, castor, sunflower, avocado, sweet almond, and grape seed to name a few. It is also okay in some instances to just put them directly on you, I do this with lavender quite often. I wouldn't recommend it so much with kids as it can feel a bit “burny”. 

So now that you know all of this new info, here's a recipe for a homemade chest rub. This works wonders on kids when they are stuffy or especially when they have a cough. Here's what you do:

 Peppermint, sage, rosemary and eucalyptus oils. 

 Add 2-3 tablespoons of carrier oil in a jar. I used olive. 

 Add 5-10 drops, depending on how strong you want it, of each oil into the olive oil. 

 Mix it up in the jar.

 Apply the oil on your coughing kid. 

You can add a rice bag or some other kind of moist heat on their chest 
to help bring up whatever is in their lungs. 

And just like that you'll hopefully have 3-4 hours of coughing drastically less! This kids was up most of the night coughing because I was out of a lot of my herbs and oils luckily, we made a run to the store this morning and things are looking up. Since I've put it on he's coughed much less. Also, remember that coughing is the bodies way of trying to rid something from it, so you don't want to stop it completely just make the coughing person as comfortable as posible. Here's the oils on Amazon Click here . I'll make it easy for ya!


  1. I love that you posted this. Just minutes ago I busted out our oils for the boys. They have a nasty stomach bug and our oils are helping with the tummy troubles and fever. Since putting them on Cannon he actually started laughing again. He instantly felt better. Plus, the house now smells like peppermint and ginger instead of vomit. :) I like to use fractionated coconut oil as a carrier.

  2. Oh crap, I commented with Kyle's Google account. It was really Melissa.

  3. @Melissa sorry your boys are sick! But yea for oils! And I love that they doubled as an air freshener, bonus points :)