Anti-Congestion Remedy

The same basic ingredients, in different forms, make a number of great remedies to combat congestion. A bath tea in a hot bath is great for loosening congestion, and the oil is more portable to breathe in and help continue to loosen the congestion.

Bath Tea

The basic recipe for this is the Tea Time in the Bath.

The additional herbs for this brew should be mint (or peppermint), 1 part. The oil for this should be eucalyptus, about 10-20 drops. Add as much or as little as you would like, to your preference, but the intensity should be with the eucalyptus, as it is the active part of getting rid of congestion.

Aroma Oil

Ingredients & Supplies

  • 2 oz vial
  • 1.5 oz almond oil (or other carrier oil)
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • 15-20 drops of mint/peppermint oil OR a pinch of loose mint/peppermint tea
  • 10 drops of chamomile oil (typically expensive) OR a pinch of loose chamomile tea
  • 15-20 drops of eucalyptus oil

Directions: Cap vial and shake to blend ingredients.

Use: Apply topically under the nose.

Notes: This oil is for topical use only!

Tea Time in the Bath

This is a tea for the bath water, not for drinking! Bath teas can be wonderfully relaxing and they smell wonderful! The recipe below is for a basic bath tea, but there is a list of optional ideas below that can customize your bath tea. Most natural food stores carry these ingredients in their loose tea/spice area where you can purchase custom amounts, dried and food-grade quality for actual drinking.

This tea can be made in bulk, storing dry ingredients in a Mason jar. Add oils when preparing for use.

Ingredients & Supplies

  • Muslin tea bags (optional)**
  • Mason jar (optional)
  • bowl
  • 1 part dried loose lavender tea
  • 1 part loose chamomile tea
  • Essential oils (see table below for suggestions)
  • Miscellaneous herbs/loose tea (see table below for suggestions)

**Cheesecloths cut into washcloth-sized squares can also be used, as can super thin dollar-store washcloths. Once filled with the blend, secure tightly with a rubber band.

Directions

After blending the ingredients, this tea can be prepared/used in two ways, both listed below.

  • Blending: Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Add a few drops of oil and blend evenly. As much or as little oil can be added, to your personal preference.
  • Pre-brewing: Using 1 cup of bath herbs to 4 cups of water, bring tea to a gentle boil. Turn off heat and let the tea steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain out the herbs and add tea to your bath. Added benefit? The brewing process makes your house smell divine!
  • Bath steeping: Using a muslin bag (or alternative), fill it a little more than halfway and tightly secure it. Do NOT cram it full because you want the bath water to travel freely through your mixture. Toss it in the tub and enjoy!

 

Herb/Tea, & Oil Suggestions

Herbs/Teas

Oils

rose hips

orange oil

hibiscus

clove oil

rose petals

lemongrass oil

African rooibois

eucalyptus*

mint*

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calendula

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*Using several drops of eucalyptus oil with a chamomile/lavender/mint blend is great for congestion.

 

Anti-Itch Oil

This is a great topical solution of those itchy skin patches. I also use it on my son’s mild eczema patches.

Ingredients & Supplies

  • 2 oz vial
  • 1.5 oz almond oil (or extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil)
  • 10 drops of lavender oil

Directions

Cap vial and shake to blend ingredients.

Use

Apply topically on itchy skin.

Notes: This oil is for topical use only!

Anti-Nausea Oil

There are very few anti-nausea medicines out there for children, so out of desperation, I created this for my kidlets.

Ingredients & Supplies

  • 4 oz vial
  • 3 oz almond oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
  • 5 drops of lavender oil
  • 2 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 5 drops of clove oil
  • 1 small pinch of chamomile
  • 2 small pinches peppermint

Directions

Cap vial and shake to blend ingredients.

Use

  • Apply topically around the nose.
  • Add several drops to warm water, soak a washcloth, and apply to the face.

Notes: This oil is for topical use only!

Bugger Off Oil

I created this concoction years ago when I was still active duty in the Army and it worked better than any insect repellent I have ever used, without all the chemicals!  This recipe involves a little cooking and some fresh herbs from the produce section.

Ingredients & Supplies

  • travel size shampoo bottle
  • crock pot
  • 30-40 drops of orange sweet oil
  • strainer
  • cheesecloth
  • 2/3 cup fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • tea trea essential oil
  • citronella essential oil
  • olive oil

Directions

  • Allow fresh herbs to wilt.
  • Add basil and thyme to the crock pot.
  • Add enough olive oil to cover herbs plus 1″. This will be about 1 cup. Turn the crock pot to low and let “cook” for about 2.5-3 hours.
  • Strain oil through strainer lined with cheesecloth. Squeeze herb mixture tightly to extract as much oil as possible.
  • Measure amount of oil and add 10 drops of citronella and 5 drops of tea tree to every once extracted.

Use

Apply topically on skin.

Notes: This oil is for topical use only!