With the winter come the cold, and the congestion, sneezing and coughing. This natural vapor is a combination of beeswax. Extra virgin olive oil that makes it a powerful remedy against a cold and helps clear the airways. This Homemade Mentolate Steam formula is easy to apply, softens, and conditions the skin.

Steam for the Cold

Eucalyptus: It is a natural decongestant and is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic. It is excellent for all respiratory conditions such as asthma, sore throat, runny nose, cough, colds and sinusitis. Eucalyptus oil can use in a range of products from deodorants to household cleaners so this low cost essential oil is a good investment for you and your family. Mint: It is refreshing, soothing, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Peppermint oil is commonly used in a range of personal care products. It is beneficial to fight coughs, colds and congestion.

Romero: It is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and known for its ability to fight against respiratory problems. Rosemary is excellent for clearing throat congestion, coughs, colds, sore throats, allergies and flu.

Steam Recipe for Cold

  • 2 teaspoon of Beeswax
  • 1/4 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 25 to 30 drops of Essential Oil of Mint
  • 10 to 15 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 15 to 20 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Method

  • Gently melt the beeswax and olive oil in a water bath in a pot of hot water.
  • Stir well until the wax melts completely and mixes with the olive oil.
  • Remove from heat and begin to beat while adding essential oils, one by one.
  • Continue stirring until all the essential oils mix well.
  • Place the mixture in a sterilized bottle and allow cooling to room temperature. Secure with lid and place in the refrigerator so that it hardens completely.

Application

Massage a small amount on your back and chest (as you would with the Vicks for example). Use a small disposable spatula to get the amount you need, as it is more hygienic than using your fingers. Wash in between uses or throw away and use a new one. Never use your fingers since contamination is more than possible, in fact, it is almost guaranteed

Remember to keep the mixture out of the reach of young children. Although it is safe to apply to small children, it is a potent product and should be stored with this in mind. Always take precautions before using these or any essential oil. Always seek the advice of a doctor before using essential oils, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or take prescription medications. Attach a spatula with a ribbon for easy access. You can also use chopsticks or a spoon.

If you have a large family or want to make more for gifts you can double or triple the quantities easily. Use 50 to 65 drops of essential oils, no more. You may want to use less so be sure to have a pen and paper at hand in case you want to modify or adjust the quantities. All these ingredients are multi functional, and long lasting. This homemade steam is suitable for the whole family and lasts from six months to a year. Store it in a dark and cool place.