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DIY Essential Oil Chest Rub Decongestant

As cough and sore throat season approaches, stock your medicine cabinet with the RIGHT natural remedy for the job: this DIY essential oil chest rub! It's an herbal salve or balm that clears up coughs, nasal mucus, and sinus gunk in a flash with healing ingredients. Plus, I've made it easy to mix and match the essential oils so your homemade decongestant can be safe for kids or babies, too.

Course Household & Health
Prep Time 20 minutes
Author Haniya Cherry



  1. In a double boiler over medium heat, melt olive oil and beeswax together.
  2. Stir the mixture every so often until melted.

  3. When fully melted, put a few drops of the mixture onto a piece of wax paper to check the consistency.

  4. Let it cool for a minute or two. If the consistency is too hard, add a little more oil. If it's too soft, add a little more beeswax.
  5. Once you're happy with the consistency, remove oil and beeswax mixture from heat.
  6. Add essential oils: 150 drops total if for an adult, 30 drops total if for a child, 15 drops if for a baby.*

  7. Immediately pour into 4 ounce Mason jar.

  8. Cover and let cool.
  9. Apply to chest and/or neck area during a cold to help with coughs and respiratory congestion, especially before bed to aid sleep.

Recipe Notes

*I prefer these blends: