Warming Chest Rub - Becca Piastrelli

Hey there,

creative gal!

You’ve landed on a post I wrote a few years ago -
back when I was known as The Dabblist and was exploring all sorts of ways I could create beautiful things with my hands. It was a powerful time for me — awakening my creativity after suppressing it for so long — but this space has since evolved to reflect the woman I’m becoming.

When I was sick as a child, my mother's touch possessed some sort of magic. Her hands would always make me feel better. This is actually true today, still.  When I think about my mother's soft hands, I can remember how they feel on my arms and back and how much they would soothe me when I was in discomfort.  When I was struck by a particularly bad cough or cold, I can remember my mother laying me on my freshly made bed next to a humming humidifier, and rub Vick's on my chest to ease my symptoms - all while softly telling me everything was going to be ok.

One of the issues I have with commercial chest rubs is that they are made of petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly is derived from the oil refining process, and has been linked to carcinogens. It's nasty stuff that shouldn't be going on your skin. I've figured out an alternative method for making an anti-viral and stimulating chest rub that contains all healing, soothing ingredients.


4 tsp Almond Oil

4 tbsp Beeswax Pellets

1 tbsp Coconut Butter

30 drops Eucalyptus Oil

10 drops Thyme Oil

10 drops Tea Tree Oil

In a glass bowl over boiling water, heat the Almond Oil, Beeswax pellets, and  Coconut Butter until melted. Remove the bowl from heat and let sit for 60 seconds, stirring to keep from solidifying. Mix in essential oils and pour into a jar. Wait until the mixture has completely cooled before putting the cap on.

When ready for use, rub a quarter sized portion between your fingers before placing on the child's (or your) chest.  You can also dab it under your nose to stimulate a stuffy situation. Store in a cool dark area for up to 1 month.

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