Thursday, October 28, 2010

Finishing projects week!

This week I am going to finish making salves and balms!

Doug brought home some BEAUTIFUL beeswax from some bee keepers down the road. I tell 'ya, this stuff is pure gold! It smells just like honey and is so rich that I could help but dive right in and make some homemade balms for my family. I wanted to make something similar to Vicks Vapo Rub since cold season is approaching. Kyle is allergic to petroleum based products...and really, who wants to rub down with the by products from oil & gas refineries?
I found that making your own "Vicks" was very simple!

Take 1 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of bees wax and melt together over a double boiler. You must use this double boiler method because bees wax can scorch easily. When melted, put in 20 drops (or more) of eucalyptus essential oil and 10-20 drops of peppermint essential oil.
Pour the mixture into a pretty glass jar and allow to cool.

A tip from my mother-in-law:
When you have a bad cough at night, slather the bottoms of your feet in vapor rub and put on a pair of socks. It'll quell a nasty cough in no time! I didn't believe it until I tried it, it really works!

It's wellness in a jar!
Ours smells even better with that touch of honey!

1 comment:

Linda said...

I have been wanting to do this for quite some time, but didn't know how. Should have known you would know! Thanks!