Essential Oil Chest Salve

DSC04666With my second bout of bronchitis within the year, I’ve been craving heat on my chest, but have an aversion to petroleum-based products like the common over-the-counter chest rubs. I love eucalyptus and peppermint oil for their incredible healing properties, so I decided to make my own chest salve, using coconut oil and beeswax as a natural base.


This recipe is incredibly simple once you’ve acquired the ingredients.  Give yourself ten minutes, plus five minutes of cleanup time, and thirty minutes of waiting for the salve to firm, and enjoy a salve that will get you and your family through your next few chest-cold-related ailments.

Ingredients:  DSC04653

  • 1.5 tbsp. beeswax
  • 2 tbsp. organic coconut oil
  • 30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil


  • Place beeswax and coconut oil in a medium-sized pan, and heat on medium-low. DSC04657
  • Use spoon to gently stir beeswax and coconut oil together to combine as they melt.
  • Once both are completely melted, remove from heat, and add essential oils.  Stir thoroughly. DSC04659
  • Quickly, before mixture starts to harden, pour mixture through a mesh strainer or fine cloth. *This step can potentially be skipped if you’ve purchased beeswax that is already strained.  Since our wax is straight from our bees, it actually has a healthy dose of pollen and other organic material that certainly don’t hurt, but can easily be strained to make a smoother salve. DSC04662
  • Gently swirl the salve a few times as it firms up.  Depending on the temperature of your house, the salve should be ready to use in thirty minutes or less.  DSC04691

Rub salve on your chest, whenever you are in need of a chest decongestant. DSC04694


4 thoughts on “Essential Oil Chest Salve

  1. Oh lucky you! Having your own bees you surely get hold of their amazing propolis. As a Herpes simplex victim in the could season here in Austria I started mixing coconut oil and “bee glue” to controll the Herpes and it is the first thing that actually really helped me. With two little children and a lot of coughing i am very soon going to try your recipe as well. Thanks! Love your blog! Greets Form Vienna, Victoria


    1. We do feel very lucky. We use a large filter on our honey, and our beeswax we essentially just let the honey drain out of, so both include little healthy bits of pollen and propolis. This is a lovely gift, which we take in when we eat the honey, or melt down to include in body health concoctions.
      I’m so glad you’ve found a natural way to control discomfort – honey is also naturally antibiotic, and is thus good for the wounds themselves.
      Good luck with this recipe, and in keeping your children and yourself healthy this year!


  2. Hello Brynn, it has been nearly 20 years since we have spoken but I am glad to see you are doing well. We met at the age of 14 and had ice-cream together that summer I spent at my buddy’s house in Kenmore Wa. Kinda strange to come across an old acquaintance while googling a honey cold remedy.


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