|The finished product...Eucalyptus chest rub!|
So, I've decided to try a different decongestant rub for our family this year. I usually make one with essential oils, coconut oil, and beeswax. This time I have fresh eucalyptus leaves, so I wanted to try James Wong's recipe that I saw him make on The Cooking Channel's "Grow your own drugs" show.
|Fresh eucalyptus leaves.|
- Combine the ingredients in a glass bowl that will fit over a pot to make your double boiler. Let it simmer for 1 hour covered. Make sure that you check to make sure water doesn't evaporate. I set my timer for 20 minute intervals to check for this.
- Remove from the heat and let cool while covered.
- Strain and add 20 drops of peppermint essential oil.
I used a glass bowl with a lid atop my medium sized pot.
You can use the rub once a day according to James. I know that when fall allergies kick in, we will be grateful to have this around to ease some of the congestion in our chests and noses. I especially like the cooling effect that it brings at night when you're trying to open up to be able to sleep. I tried it a couple of times, and I love the way it feels. I am not looking forward to a new wave of allergies, nor winter's bouts of colds, but I will be glad that I will have something to help sooth the symptoms.
I am also making an infused oil of sweet almond, olive oil, eucalyptus leaves, and rosemary leaves. I will blog on that one after it gets 5 weeks to infuse in the sun.