Menthol Chest Rub Recipe For Cough
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Learn how to make a natural menthol chest rub recipe for cough.  This easy recipe uses menthol crystals, pine scotch, and mandarin to promote better health and ease symptoms of a cough and cold.

You guys.  The entire state of Ohio is freaking out.  My son's college closed for three weeks because of coronavirus.  There isn't a roll of TP to be found in the county.  I'm not too worried about it.  We live in a rural area, so we stay stocked on food and the essentials.

Last night, I wanted to pick up a bottle of sanitizer for my son's Boy Scout troop to keep in their meeting building.  There wasn't a bottle to be found anywhere.

Thankfully, I know how to make my own sanitizer, so I stocked up on rubbing alcohol.  I use it for melt and pour soaps, so it won't go to waste.

When I was walking through the store, it made me reflect upon what I've learned from blogging and just general life skills.

In an emergency, I know how to use essential oils and other natural products to replace what we wouldn't be able to buy.

When I was shopping, I was stocking up on flour, sugar, powdered milk, and baking supplies.  I know how to bake bread, make pasta, and cook pretty much anything from scratch.

If the power goes out, we have a grill and a fire pit.  I have plenty of cast iron, so I can cook over an open flame.

We also have food that will start to mature soon.  First comes the asparagus, then the cattails,  then the cherries and garden vegetables, and finally the fruit in the orchard.  Even if we can't get plants for the garden, I have heirloom seeds saved.

And yes, I did say cat tails.  You can eat parts of them.  I am a picky eater and will most likely die of starvation in an apocalypse, but I did try some cattail.  It's better raw than cooked in my opinion.

Menthol Chest Rub Recipe for Cough

As I was looking at the empty shelves, I was very thankful that I don't need to buy that from the store.  I can make my own homemade disinfectant spray to use at home.  I know how to make Thieves oil to add to a cleaning spray recipe.  I can even make my own hand sanitizer at home.

We've never had the flu, but it got us good this year.  Between my husband and three kids, it's been in our house for four weeks.  I was taking my elderberry syrup recipe with honey four times a day and escaped the sickness.

But for four weeks, at least one person was coughing.  We used up all of my natural vapor rub recipe, so I had to make more.  I like that recipe, but I wanted to try a recipe with menthol crystals.

I like the menthol better.  I used different essential oils, and it doesn't smell as medicinal.  It almost smells like a candy cane.

Sweet Almond Oil

I used sweet almond oil for the carrier oil.  The type of carrier oil that you use in this menthol chest rub recipe isn't really important because you're not using it for its benefits.

Sweet almond oil is an inexpensive oil, so I used it.  It is a dry oil, so it soaks into the skin quickly.  I didn't want to be greasy after using this homemade vapor rub.

You can also use grape seed oil, apricot kernel oil, or fractionated coconut oil.  They are all dry oils, so you won't be greasy after applying this.

Learn more about different carrier oils and their benefits.

Menthol Crystals

I used menthol crystals instead of peppermint because they are stronger.  Menthol crystals are made with a mint essential oil is produced through extraction.  The oil is frozen quickly, and the menthol crystallizes.

Buy menthol crystals on Amazon or Etsy.

Menthol crystals have a strong peppermint odor.  They can be irritating for your eyes and skin, so wear gloves when preparing this salve.

Be careful touching your eyes after you apply this menthol chest rub recipe.  I use a cotton ball to scoop out some of it and apply so my fingers don't get it on them.  Always wash with soap after applying.

You can also add peppermint essential oil in place of the menthol crystals, but I prefer the crystals.  I also used them in my homemade pain relief salve with arnica infused oil.

Essential Oils

I normally use my Crafty Bubbles Breathe Easy blend, but I really liked the blend from the December Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box.  I used peppermint, pine scotch, and mandarin to make a cold buster roller.  The mandarin lightens up the peppermint scent, so it almost smells like a candy cane.

The menthol crystals replace the peppermint essential oil, but I still used pine scotch and mandarin.

Pine scotch is said to boost immune function.  It can also help clear congestion and help relieve the symptoms of coughs, colds, flu, and asthma.  This hasn't been proven, however.

Mandarin essential oil is said to help relieve muscle spasms, including bronchial muscle spasms.  It's also said to be calming and relaxing when used in aromatherapy.

You can also use one of the following essential oils or blends:




Step #1

Place the sweet almond oil and beeswax in a double boiler.  I used a 1 cup Pyrex measuring cup and set it on a canning jar ring in a pan of water.  I used medium heat.  Heat until melted.  Stir occasionally.

Step #2

Carefully remove from heat.  Add the menthol crystals and stir until dissolved.

Step #3

Add the essential oils and stir well for a minute.

Step #4

Pour into a 4 ounce container.  It should completely fill the container.  Let sit until completely cool and hardened.

To use, apply a small amount to your chest.  I recommend using gloves or a cotton ball to apply.  Wash your hands well and avoid touching your eyes.

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Yield: 4 ounces
Author: Cari @ Everything Pretty
Estimated cost: $5

Menthol Chest Rub Recipe

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 5 M
This menthol chest rub recipe helps relieve symptoms of cough and cold.




  1. Place the sweet almond oil and beeswax in a double boiler. I used a 1 cup Pyrex measuring cup and set it on a canning jar ring in a pan of water. I used medium heat. Heat until melted. Stir occasionally.
  2. Carefully remove from heat. Add the menthol crystals and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the essential oils and stir well for a minute.
  4. Pour into a 4 ounce container. It should completely fill the container. Let sit until completely cool and hardened.


To use, apply a small amount to your chest.  I recommend using gloves or a cotton ball to apply.  Wash your hands well and avoid touching your eyes.
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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, and a goat. She loves coffee, Gilmore Girls, her chihuahua, and her kids, but not in that order.