During last year’s cold and flu season, I was on the hunt for a good cough remedy that I could make at home. My criteria were that it be natural, safe, and better than anything I could get at the store. I found lots of recipes for a vaporub-like salve, so many in fact, I figured it was something I should try out.
As with every homemade cough or cold remedy that I try, I am always doubtful that it will live up to their claims. So, when I read over and over that putting this salve on the feet at night will stop nighttime coughing, I was skeptical to say the least.
Friends, it works. Every time. So far this Fall, both my daughter and younger son have come down with some virus that had them coughing all day and night. With both of them, I put the salve on their feet at night, covered with socks, and they were able to sleep through the night, cough-free!
If you have coughing in your home that makes it hard to sleep, give this a shot. I have no idea why it works, but it does. This is my favorite natural cough remedy because it works!!
Do you have any home remedies that are favorites of yours? Please share!
Homemade “Vaporub” Salve (recipe source)
- 5 tbsp.extra virgin coconut oil (a natural anti-viral) (buy here)
- 1 tbsp. evening primrose oil (could use sweet almond, olive, etc. if you want) (buy here)
- 2 tbsp.beeswax (buy here)
- 8 – 10 drops teatree essential oil (also a natural anti-viral) (buy here)
- 15 – 20 drops rosemary essential oil (aids breathing) (buy here)
In a small pan, melt the coconut oil and evening primrose oil. Add the beeswax, chopped up (or in granules) and stir until melted. Add the essential oils and stir to combine. Pour into a 4-oz. glass jar and allow to cool.
I store mine in the medicine cabinet, instead of the fridge, because I want it soft enough to spread on tiny feet.
Good luck and enjoy the benefits of a cough-free sleep.
**NOT FOR ORAL CONSUMPTION**
This post has been part of Natural Living Monday
Want more info on natural cough remedies? Read here:
Homemade Remedy for Sore Throat and Cough from Nature’s Nuture Blog
Natural Treatment for Whooping Cough from Holistic Squid
Honey and Lemon Cough Syrup with Coconut Oil from Coconut Mama
Homemade Cough and Cold Syrup from Primally Inspired
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