Baby & Toddler Chest Rub for Cold +6M

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This cold and flu season has been nasty, way stronger than last year from what I remember. When I hear the first sneeze in the house I start getting ready with all my homemade remedies, from recipes to syrups toโ€ฆchest balms. With the years Iโ€™ve been fine tuning my mix of โ€œpotionsโ€ as my hubby calls them ๐Ÿ™‚ to both boost the immune system and alleviate the cold/cough symptoms.

I really do my best to take care of the kids and myself with natural remedies. From eating healthy to natural medications. That being said, when the symptoms do not improve or the fever goes above an acceptable level, I am in favor of traditional medicine and I always consult my pediatrician.

If you follow BuonaPappa you might already have seen my favorite homemade natural remedies for seasonal sickness like:

And today I would like to share another remedy that really helped me a lot when my kids were babies and that I still use for them and for us adults when we are congested. 

Itโ€™s a homemade chest rub made with natural ingredients (bees wax + shea butter + coconut oil) and three essential oils. It’s safe for babies too. I started using the rub when my little ones were 6 months of age. I didnโ€™t try it before as I didnโ€™t find any evidence that was safe doing it.

I used to apply a tiny quantity of rub (1/4 tsp) to my babyโ€™s chest and back and kindly massage it with a circular movement for one minute or so. Since when my kids were toddlers I also added the feet part: rubbing a tiny amount under the feet before bed. Be prepared: itโ€™s extremely ticklish and the kids will kick and laugh ๐Ÿ™‚

I always found that this remedy done right at bedtime helped them falling asleep more relaxed and sleeping with more comfort.

I use the same rub for myself and hubby too ๐Ÿ™‚

The chest rub is basically composed by two elements: a balm and the essential oils. The balm in contact with the warm skin acts like a carrier, allows the essential oils to do their job and also dilutes their power making them safer for little ones too.  When used properly and in moderation essential oils are safe for babies too (over 6 months).

Beeswax

The literature about essential oils is impressive and I noticed through the years that everyone has very personal opinions both about essential oils in general and about particular brands. This is not the purpose of this post. It’s not a sponsored one and you will notice that I didn’t show any brand in the video. I just wanted to share with you a trusted recipe that worked for my family through the years and I feel confident suggesting to you my friends.

With essential oils is all about quality, dilution and safety. I will be happy to share with you the two brands of essential oil I’ve been using for years (Do-Terra and Young Living) but at the same time I encourage you to do your research about essential oils brands so that you will be able to decide which one works better for you and your family.

WHICH COMBINATION OF ESSENTIAL OILS?

For little ones I only use a mix of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Lavender.

Eucalyptus (Radiata). A natural expectorant that can help with congestion.

Tee Trea. A natural antimicrobial, disinfectant and antifungal. Helps congestion too.

Lavender. A lovely calming and sedative flower. Perfect to relax and help with the sleep.

CAN I ADD PEPPERMINT TOO?

Even if Peppermint is a great cold relief for adults I would not suggest to use it as essential oil for babies and toddlers. It contains menthol, too strong for young children.

That’s how simple is to prepare the chest rub ๐Ÿ™‚

Take two pots, one that can be contained in the other. 

Add 2 cups of water in the bigger pot and place the second smaller pot inside. The smaller pot should not touch the bottom of the bigger one. 

Bring the water to delicate boil. 

Add the beeswax in the smaller pot and let it melt.

Add shea butter, let it melt. 

Remove from the heat.

Add coconut oil and essential oils.

Mix.

Pour into a glade container or mason jar with a lid.

Let it cool down, it will transform in a solid cream.

Store at room temperature for 1.5 yrs.

Are you interested in the products I used to prepare the balm? You can find them here:

Eucalyptus DoTerra Oil

Tea Tree DoTerra Oil

Lavender Young Living Oil

Beeswax

Shea Butter

Baby & Toddler Chest Rub – 6M cold remedy
Ingredients
  • 4 tsp beeswax
  • 7 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp shea butter
  • 10 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 15 drops tea tree oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
Instructions
  1. Take two pots, one that can be contained in the other.ย 

  2. Add 2 cups of water in the bigger pot and place the second smaller pot inside. The smaller pot should not touch the bottom of the bigger one.ย 

  3. Bring the water to delicate boil.ย Add the beeswax in the smaller pot and let it melt.

  4. Add shea butter, let it melt.ย Remove from the heat.

  5. Add coconut oil and essential oils. Mix.

  6. Pour into a glass container or mason jar with a lid.

    Let it cool down, it will transform in a solid cream.

    Store at room temperature for 1.5 yrs.

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