I got a cold last month, and I’ve got another one right now. Ick. Gross. I hate colds. For me, my #1 symptom is a stuffy nose, and the sniffling drives me mad. During the day I have plenty of defences (tissues, nasal rinses, and decongestants), but overnight, well, I’m asleep (or at least I’m trying to be). That’s where this oil comes in.


In it’s simplest form it’s just three ingredients, though you can bump it up to five if you like (I eventually did).


I used coconut oil and cupuacu butter (USA / Canada) for my oils, but I’d recommend swapping the cupuacu butter (USA / Canada) for more coconut oil—it doesn’t make enough of a difference to warrant the second oil. You can also just use a liquid oil, like grapeseed or safflower.


Then it’s the essential oils. The camphor and menthol will do the trick, but you can add a bit of peppermint to boost the cooling sensation on your chest if you like.

Decongestion Salve (Homemade Vick’s)

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp cupuacu butter (USA / Canada) (or other, heavier butter)

15 drops camphor essential oil
30 drops menthol essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil (USA / Canada) (optional)

Mash the coconut oil and cupuacu butter (USA / Canada) together with you finger. Add the essential oils, 10 or so drops at a time, mashing between additions. Store in a bottle, not a tin, unless you like to court spillage disasters!

Apply to your chest and neck before bedtime when congested.