How to Make a Home Made Natural Decongestant Balm

With a comforting, invigorating blend of essential oils, this natural decongestant should have you breathing easily in no time

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When you’re ill, there’s something quite comforting about using home remedies to help yourself feel better. This is especially the case when it comes to colds and helping yourself to breathe a little more freely. A natural decongestant is a great way to open up your airways, without having to slather yourself in petroleum-derived products. With a comforting, invigorating blend of essential oils, you should soon be able to breathe easily again.

 You will need

120ml olive oil (better still, try olive oil which has been infused with herbs such as peppermint)

30ml beeswax

2-3 drops of peppermint, eucalyptus, thyme and clove oil

 Method

 Add the beeswax and olive oil to a small pan and heat gently, stirring until the beeswax has melted.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Add the drops of essential oils. You can vary the quantities depending on preference, or how strong you want your decongestant to be. Adding a little extra peppermint gives it a real menthol kick.

While still runny enough to pour, add the mixture to a small tin or mason jar and allow to cool until it sets. Keep in a cool, dark place, preferably alongside other medicines and remedies. Your balm should last for approximately a year and can be used safely by all the family.

 Use

 Just like commercially produced decongestants, your balm can be applied to the chest, neck or nose to make it easier to inhale. If can also be massaged into the temples to give relief to a headache or a stuffy head. Massaging onto the hands, feet or wrists also helps to invigorate the body and promote good circulation, helping you to beat that sluggish feeling that colds can leave you with. Carry it with you whenever you need a boost and your cold or flu shouldn’t let you stop getting on with life.

Image sourced: Aleksa Lukic

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