Lavender and Eucalyptus DIY Chest Rub

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This is a soothing and relaxing chest rub that I rub on myself and my family whenever we need a little immune and respiratory support. It smells amazing and reminds me of the remedies that my Mom used to use on me as a kit, only this one is not made with anything synthetic. Just nature’s goodness!

Here is why I chose the essential oils that I did: 

Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus globulus has a fresh, penetrating scent. It contains a high percentage of the constituent eucalyptol. Applied topically, it is often used to support the respiratory system.

Lavender: Lavender has an amazing floral aroma that is used for relaxation, balancing and for minor skin irritations. Great for soothing the skin.

DIY Chest Rub


  • 1/2 cup shea butter — where to find
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil — where to find (Bonus: use coupon code: REALFOOD and get 10% off your order!)
  • 1/2 tsp vitamin E (to keep the oils from going rancid) — where to find
  • 50 drops eucalyptus essential oil — where to find essential oils (I only use therapeutic grade!)
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • Container of your choice — you can find some really cute bottles and jars HERE


  • In a saucepan, melt the shea butter and coconut oil
DIY Chest Rub | Real Food RN
DIY Chest Rub | Real Food RN
DIY Chest Rub | Real Food RN
  • Whip on high in your mixer until nice and fluffy
DIY Chest Rub | Real Food RN
  • Add in Vitamin E and essential oil and continue to mix until well combined
DIY Chest Rub | Real Food RN
  • Store in glass container
  • Lasts several months, even longer if stored in the fridge
  • Apply chest rub to chest as needed (do not eat)
  • Not recommended for use on infants
DIY Chest Rub | Real Food RN

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DIY Chest Rub

Disclaimer: None of these health benefits have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease.) Read my full disclaimer.

This post is part of: Wildcrafting Wednesdays, Real Food Wednesdays, Unprocessed Fridays, Wildcrafting Wednesdays

3 Replies to “Lavender and Eucalyptus DIY Chest Rub”

  1. I am having a hard time getting this to set up after it was melted on the stove. It seems like there is a step missing or it needs to re solidify before whippigg?

  2. I had the same problem! I am wondering if maybe using a little more shea butter or even adding a little cocoa butter will help it stay more solid. I ended up keeping mine in the fridge to make the coconut oil solidify.

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