Are you suffering from a cough and have a sore throat?
Persistent coughing can be annoying. There are many treatments to cure a cough and a sore throat, but you should opt for natural remedies.
You can heal yourself with the perfect homemade salve for flu and colds.
Made with natural ingredients including essential oils, this balm relieves you from pesky throat itches and soreness.
Advantages Of A Homemade Salve For Cough And Sore Throat
A sore throat, coughing, sneezing, and a blocked nose are the typical symptoms of flu and cold.
The main benefit of making your own balm is that it will be made of essential oils.
They get easily absorbed in your body, unlike the petroleum jelly used in commercially made salves.
Another amazing benefit is that you can customize the salve and choose the ingredients and their quantities according to your preferences.
Ingredients Needed To Make The Salve
Apart from essential oils, the salve is made of carrier oil, vegetable butter, and wax.
- The key component of the salve is any plant-based carrier oil. Carrier oils dilute the essential oils and help them get absorbed in the skin tissue.
You can use any carrier oil that is easily available. Olive, sunflower, safflower, and avocado career oils are all great options.
- Wax controls the consistency of the salve and allows for the easy application on your skin.
If you want to make a vegan-friendly salve, then use carnauba wax— otherwise, beeswax works just fine. Beeswax melts easily, while carnauba takes time to melt.
- Adding a vegetable butter, like shea or cocoa butter, will provide a creamier and smoother texture to the salve.
It will also help moisturize your skin. However, adding it is optional and the rub will work fine without it.
Essentials Oils For The Salve
The salve gets its healing quality from essential oils. The following essential oils work best for cold and flu symptoms. Don’t add more than 3 of these to your salve.
- Eucalyptus: Works wonders to relieve cough and congestion, has great anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
- Myrtle: Great for clearing congestion, provides relief from coughing, and prevents infections.
- Peppermint: Promotes mucus formation that helps alleviate coughing, reduces fevers, and is a superb antiviral.
- Rosemary: Provides pain relief, relief from congestion, promotes respiratory healing, and keeps infections at bay.
- Sage: Soothes a sore throat and has antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Manuka: Helps fight bronchial infections, bronchitis, coughs, and influenza.
- Wintergreen: Relieves soreness and respiratory congestion, prevents infections, and is relaxing.
- Marjoram: Acts as a painkiller, has antiviral properties, and also reduces cramps.
- Spruce: Helps with respiratory ailments, clears congestion and mucus, has antibacterial and anti-infectious properties.
Tips For Making The Perfect DIY Salve
Making the sore throat and cough curing salve is a pretty clear-cut process.
Simply set up a water bath and heat the oils, wax, and butter till all the ingredients melt.
You must remember to work on low heat to prevent overheating or burning the ingredients.
Also, always let the base cool for a bit before adding in the essential oils. Since they tend to evaporate quickly, exposing them to heat is not a good idea.
Once you have added all the ingredients, let the mixture sit for about an hour. This will allow the salve to set properly.
Intermittently stir the salve while it’s cooling. The salve will be ready to use once it starts looking opaque and forms a spreadable texture.
Recipe For The Homemade Salve
This recipe makes about 4 oz or 120 ml of salve.
Ingredients And Materials
- 100 ml of any carrier oil (e.g., olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil or safflower oil)
- 20 g of wax (e.g. carnauba wax or beeswax)
- 8 g of vegetable butter (e.g., shea or cocoa)
- 10 – 16 drops of three essential oils
- 120 ml or 4 oz glass jars with lids, sterilized
- labels for the jars
- A wide, low-rimmed pot or a wide skillet
- A heatproof mixing bowl
- A rubber spatula or a wooden cooking spoon
1) Set Up A Water Bath
Fill up a broad skillet or pot with 3 cm of water and place it on low flame. Bring the water to a gentle simmer.
2) Melt The Ingredients
Put your chosen carrier oil, wax, and vegetable butter in a heatproof mixing bowl and place it in the water bath.
Constantly stir the melting ingredients with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula till the mixture forms the desired consistency.
3) Stir In The Essential Oils
Let the mixture cool for at least 5 minutes. Then add your chosen essential oils and thoroughly stir the blend.
We recommend dividing the salve base into two jars – one for children and the other for adults.
Use only 3 to 4 drops of essential oils for children and 5 to 8 drops for adults.
4) Put It In Glass Jars
Once the salve has cooled down a bit, place it in glass jars and label the jars with the manufacturing date. Store it for up to a year.
Now you can use a pea-sized amount on your throat, chest, and feet to alleviate coughing and sore throat instantly.
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