Homemade Beeswax Chest Rub

Unlike commercial chest rubs, this homemade beeswax balm can be customized with different essential oils to soothe different ailments.

| November 2015

Chest rub

This soft balm is an attractive-smelling homemade chest rub that can alleviate respiratory congestion.

Photo courtesy Quarry Books

Petra Ahnert presents dozens of ways to use beeswax in Beeswax Alchemy (Quarry Books, 2015). The possibilities for using beeswax are nearly endless, including skin care, candles, ornaments and even waxed fabric. Learn the basics of extracting and purifying beeswax, and then get started making beautiful, healthful gifts for yourself and your loved ones. The following chest rub recipe is from chapter 3, “Balms and Bars.”

Although chest rubs can be purchased commercially, most are made with petrolatum. My version is a soft balm recipe utilizing essential oils that improve respiratory congestion. For very young children, use half the amount of essential oils.


• 26 g yellow beeswax (23%)
• 85 g olive oil (75%)
• 1 g vitamin e oil (1%)
• 0.6 g eucalyptus essential oil (0.5%)
• 0.5 g camphor essential oil (0.35%)
• 0.1 g birch essential oil (0.15%)
• double boiler
• digital scale
• spoon
• 4 salve containers, 1-oz (28 g) each

Yield: Makes approximately four 1 oz (28 g) portions

1. Heat the beeswax and olive oil in a double boiler until melted.

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