Cold and flu season starts early in my family. We are normally among the first to get sick and it is still true. While I started to come down with an ear infection my mother decided she’d get her season started with a nasty cold that hit her hard and fast. The instant she woke up that morning she knew so I pulled out my best moves. The first thing I made her was this amazing foot salve. It is so simple and it works wonders. This was the only thing she used that day and the next day she was almost completely better.
We all know essential oils are pretty good for making our hand creams smell and that some have great benefits. I would like to take some time and break down the ingredients you will need for this foot salve and what they are used for.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
• Radiata- asthma, bronchitis, colds, sinus congestion
• Globus- bronchitis, cough, sinus congestion
Peppermint Essential Oil
• arthritis, back ache, bloating, cough, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, fever, headache, indigestion, inflammation, insect bites, itching, menstrual cramps, motion sickness, nausea, sinus congestion, stomach cramps
Lemon Essential Oil
• asthma, clogged pores, depression
Lavender Essential Oil
• Acne, allergies, asthma, ADD, blisters, blocked tear ducts, burns, dry/cracked or chapped skin, inflammation, insect bites, insomnia, itching, menstrual cramps, pink eye, stress, wounds, scrapes, cuts
As you can see there are many uses of these oils. Together they make a strong cold and flu fighting salve. In this you will also be using coconut oil as your base which has long chains of fatty acids/triglycerides that give it antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
- 2 heaping tsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 9 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (you can use radiata, globus, or a mixture of both)
- 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
- Place coconut oil in a small cup or container
- Add essential oils to coconut oil
- Holding the container in the palm of your hand mix with a fork or small whisk. The oil will melt slightly with your body temperature and the room temperature.
Rub salve all over the bottom of the feet and cover with long warm socks. You will have to re-apply this salve every 6 to 8 hours. Along with fighting your ailment and opening up your respiratory system, the salve will also soften your feet up! I hope that this salve will provide as much relief to your family as it has and will keep providing for mine.