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.

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

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I used coconut oil and cupuacu butter for my oils, but I’d recommend swapping the cupuacu butter 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.

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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 (or other, heavier butter)

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

Mash the coconut oil and cupuacu butter 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.

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