Homemade Beeswax Chest Rub

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This soft balm is an attractive-smelling homemade chest rub that can alleviate respiratory congestion.
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Learn how to put your excess beeswax to work with Petra Ahnert’s “Beeswax Alchemy.” Recipes for skin care, candles and other home products offer useful ways to apply beeswax in your life.

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.

Ingredients and Materials

  • 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.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the vitamin E oil and essential oils.
  3. Pour into salve containers.

More from Beeswax Alchemy:

What is Beeswax?
Waxed Cotton Fabric Sandwich Wraps

Reprinted with permission from Beeswax Alchemyby Petra Ahnert and published by Quarry Books, 2015.