Sunday, December 29, 2013

Keeping a Healthy, Happy Home

With children underfoot, it can seem that there a constant battle with little wounds and illnesses.  I am constantly looking up homemade medicinal advice, symptoms, and talking to other mothers for their advice.

For quite some time now I have used a homemade 'Healing Paste'.  It really deserves a more romantic name, because it is amazing.  Really amazing.

I put it on diaper rash, scratches, scrapes, chapped skin and eczema breakouts.  And ANYTHING that I have put it on, heals up soooooo quickly.  And it smells GREAT!!!

Healing Paste
 2 tbsp beeswax
 6 tbsp coconut oil or other carrier oil
 15-20 drops of tea tree and lavendar oil
Melt together in a double boiler, stir, and then put in a jar of your choice.

Because of this great success tonight I have just tried my hand at a decongestant type vapo rub and vapo disks for the shower.  Almost all recipes called for peppermint and eucalyptus.  Then some called for camphor and some called for rosemary.  Use what you have!

Vapo Rub
 2 tbsp beeswax
 8 tbsp almond oil or other carrier oil
 3 tbsp dried rosemary and oregano herbs
 40 drops eucalyptus oil
 40 drops peppermint oil
I first infused the almond oil with the dried herbs for about 2 hours in the double boiler.  heat, cool, heat, cool, heat, cool.... you get the idea.  Then pour through fine cheesecloth to strain.  Melt beeswax in the double boiler and add oils.  Then pout in a jar of your choice.

Vapo Disk
 2-3 cups baking soda
 1 cup water
 1 tsp rosemary and oregano infused almond oil
 20 drops eucalyptus oil
 20 drops peppermint oil.
Mix the baking soda and water, adding each until you have a pretty smooth paste.  I then added some of that infused oil, and the essential oils.  Continue stirring.  Then pour into muffin tin with muffin paper cups or wax paper.  Set out until dry.

I am really looking forward to trying these!

And while doing my recipe search I found this excellent website with a complete overview of essential oils and carrier oils.

Still looking for a site with the BASIC recipes for tinctures, essential oils, pastes, scrubs, etc.  I know one must exist!  If you know of one, let me know please.


  1. I had originally only put in 20 drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus in the vapo rub. After using it, I felt that it was not strong enough. I put it all back in the double boiler and added slightly more almond oil to make it softer and 20 more drops each of the peppermint and eucalyptus. I have changed the recipe above to reflect that. I feel that it is much better now, but am seriously thinking that 20 more drops wouldn't hurt. :)

  2. AHA! A friend who has much more experience than me came to visit and checked out my vapo rubs. She advised me that adding your essential oils when your carrier is still hot can evaporate your essential oils or burn them. Because my rub had little odor, not burnt odor, mine was not burnt, but obviously alot of the essential oil was lost due to overheating. She advised to let it cool some before adding the essential oils.