Not all essential oils are safe for kids. A general rule of thumb is no essential oils for children under 2, and there is a safe list of oils for children 2-6 developed by Plant Therapy with the aid of Robert Tisserand, a certified aromatherapist who, literally, wrote the book on essential oil safety. Eucalyptus is a common essential oil used for colds and congestion, but because of the high amount of 1,8 cineole, it can cause respiration of children under 6 to slow significantly. A safer alternative would be Rosalina which is included in the Sniffle Stopper synergy I used.
1/2 Cup Olive Oil (or other carrier oil. If you want a stiffer salve, use Coconut Oil)
2 Tablespoons Beeswax, pellets or grated
1 Tablespoon Shea Butter or Mango Butter
50 Drops Plant Therapy Kid-Safe Sniffle Stopper
In a double-boiler (alternately you can use a small sauce pan, add 1-inch water, and place a glass bowl on top), add olive oil and beeswax and heat on medium to medium-high until all beeswax is melted. Remove from heat and add Shea Butter stirring to completely melt. If it won’t fully melt, briefly add it back to the heat, and stir until fully combined.
Remove from heat, and add essential oils. Stir once again to fully combine, and pour into your container to solidify.
Yields about 5.5 ounces.
Results? Well, M is mostly better and her nose mostly clear, but I’ll have this next time she’s sick.
The beeswax makes it quite hard, I’m going to play around with using less beeswax and more shea butter to see what makes the best texture.
UPDATE: I had a chance to use it and I actually really like the texture as written.