Recipes for Chest Rub, Lip Balm, Muscle Rub, Healing Ointment & Cuticle Cream

rebeca  Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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I love DIY projects because they allow me to be creative while saving money. But, let’s be honest, we’re all busy and we only have so much time to spend in the kitchen. That’s why I love this recipe because not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it can also be used for several different products depending on your needs. Just make the base and add your desired essential oils. The recipe can also be easily doubled if needed.

Here’s What You Need:
1/2 cup of unrefined virgin coconut oil
2-4 tablespoons bee’s wax pastilles or shavings (the more wax you use, the more solid your salve will be)
2 tablespoons butter (Shea, Mango, Cocca, etc.)
1-2 Vitamin E capsules (optional)
Glass, tin or sturdy plastic containers
Essential Oils

Here’s What You Do:

In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil and bee’s wax. I use an old glass measuring cup for this part because it makes it super easy to pour once it’s melted. When it’s totally liquefied, empty the vitamin E capsules into the liquid (if using), pour the mixture into your desired containers and add essential oils, using 15 drops for every ounce of ointment. Here are some I’ve made:

Chest and Sinus Rub – I chose lavender and a respiratory blend, but other good choices would be rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus and/or peppermint.

Healing Ointment – frankincense, lavender, geranium and Roman chamomile essential oils. Click here to learn more about this ointment and how it works.

Lip Balm – essential oils are optional, but some good choices would be peppermint, lemon or lime. You can even tint your lip balm naturally with a little beet powder.

Muscle Rub – Using a premade muscle relief blend is perfect, but you can also use any of the following oils: wintergreen, frankincense, peppermint, marjoram, birch, lavender, white fir or helichrysum.

Cuticle Cream – lemon essential oil

Where to Buy Supplies:

Quality coconut oil can be found in the organic section of at most grocery stores, in health food stores or online. I purchase mine from because it offers the best price.

Bee’s Wax can be found at some health food stores, but I like the pastilles from because they’re so easy to work with. Solid bricks of bee’s wax can be quite tricky to cut.

Essential oils can be purchased from a variety of sources. I caution against the cheaper brands offered at health food stores or Amazon because they often contain fillers and the quality just isn’t as good.

I purchase containers through, and

Disclaimer: I am not an aromatherapist, naturopathic doctor or other professionally trained medical practitioner. By accepting my advice, you are acknowledging that while these claims come through scientific research, anecdotal evidence and personal experience, they have not been evaluated by the FDA. You also agree not to hold me liable should you have an adverse reaction to any of the protocols I recommend. Finally, if you are pregnant or have a chronic health condition, please speak to your doctor before using any essential oils. Always make sure to choose a high quality oil and research any possible interactions or side effects.


5 Responses to “Recipes for Chest Rub, Lip Balm, Muscle Rub, Healing Ointment & Cuticle Cream”

  1. it is nice for you to take the time out to print out every thing for different people but it is also nice tat you get paid .I have been maken my own washing soap for a year it is just s little different I let my stand over nit in the bucket than mix and add to gallon jugs.I havea question are you the only one for this site or thierothers that supply information as well?

  2. hi, virginia. occasionally I have guest bloggers contribute to the site, but mostly it’s just me. I don’t really make any money from the site…it’s more of a hobby for me right now.

  3. So how many ounces would this whole recipe make? Just trying to figure out how much eo to put in??

  4. How many total drops of essential oils would you put in that base recipe?

  5. about 10 drops should do it. less is more with oils, but sometimes I will add more for the desired fragrance.

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