When I was a kid, my mom didn’t rush us to the doctor every time we got a cold. Colds were something you just had to get through.
And we didn’t have a medicine cabinet full of over-the-counter relief for coughs and colds, either. We had vapor rub. That and cup of hot tea gave us the relief we needed.
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Does it seem to you that our approach to common ailments has become a bit complicated? Have you taken a good look at the cough and cold remedy aisle in your local pharmacy lately?
That little blue jar of mentholated salve was all we needed back then. Some of the ingredients are not what I prefer to use these days, but the same relief can be found in a salve you can make yourself.
Don’t know where to purchase some of the ingredients? All of them may be found at Starwest Botanicals or Frontier, two companies I trust for quality herbs. Find organic essential oils here, and beeswax here.
And if you like the idea of simple, safe ingredients, but would rather not make it yourself, Celeste from Simple Gifts Farm will make it for you! How’s that for simple relief?
Simple Gifts Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm in Washington state, and during the winter they create their own natural body care products. Cough and Cold Chest Salve, Baby Balm, Gardener’s Hand Salve, and more!