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« on: March 10, 2009 02:36:52 PM »

Since I had asked about non-petroleum jelly on the Discussion board the other day, I started playing around and it worked out quite well. I combined about 6 different recipes I found online, because NONE of them seemed to agree with one another!

Recipe:

2c. olive oil (yes this is a volume measure rather than weight, sorry!!)
1.5 oz. beeswax
1 oz. Eucalyptus EO*
.25oz Peppermint EO*
.25oz. Rosemary EO*

*Honestly these are approximates. I used a shot-glass style measuring glass to "measure" so while it said "1 oz." on the glass, I can't be sure it weighed 1oz. if that makes sense. 

Heat the olive oil and beeswax until the beeswax melts. Stir well and allow to cool down to where the oil isn't beginning to solidify, but it's not too hot to the touch. Add your EOs and stir well to combine. The vapor smell will be fairly overpowering if you're not a vapor rub fan, lol. Pour into containers and allow to solidify.

Some recipes said to beat it with a hand mixer but I don't see the need. It gets pretty "jelly" like on its own. This isn't a great picture, but I put a finger print in it to show how "soft" it is:



The directions for use are the same as Vick's: apply to your chest and let the vapor action relieve you!

ETA: after a bunch of debate and off topic banter, I have edited this post and deleted a few of mine to clear it up. After all the point of this thread was to share a recipe; hopefully with the deletions the discussion can get back on track. In the end what you do with this recipe and on whom you use it is entirely YOUR decision. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009 02:53:19 PM »

Thanks for the recipe.  Some times I think the (Home Remedies) work. If they did not
they would not of been passed on by the women in the family.
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009 03:37:02 PM »

That's great.  Thanks for sharing.  I may bookmark this for the next time I get a cold . . .
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009 07:52:22 PM »

That's great.  Thanks for sharing.  I may bookmark this for the next time I get a cold . . .

This recipe made about four 4 oz. containers, so I'd probably tone it back for just you, but I have already had to make a second batch of this as I've suddenly found new best friends in this cold & flu season!  Wink  ("OMG make me some! I'm so congested!!")
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2009 08:28:23 PM »

Awesome! Im all about the natural healings and to make it myself is just that much better! Thanx for sharing!!! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2009 12:46:32 AM »

Mm sounds good! I love me some vapor action! (without the petroleum)
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2009 11:08:56 AM »

*BRAVO BRAVO*

Im not worthy of even knowing Nymeria..she is an awesome B&B'er...

wow..thanks for sharing that..and the recipe..you are awesome..
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2009 06:26:07 PM »

That looks amazing and simple!

Just a note: if you're pregnant, don't handle or use Rosemary EO.
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2009 07:46:39 PM »

That looks amazing and simple!

It IS amazing and soooo simple.
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2009 09:12:16 AM »

Maybe it's an old wives' tale about Rosemary EO, then...
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