Nontoxic Children's Breathe-Easy Balm For the Tough Times

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Today I have an awesome post all about boogers! Ha! Truthfully it's more about what you can do when your little one starts mass-producing mucus like it's his/her job. If you're a parent you already know how many fluids come with the territory—maybe that's why parents of young ones are always tired, we more readily accept our child's disgusting fluids. Haha. On to the rest of the story...

Have you ever wondered how you can help clear your little ones breathing passages when those snot sucking bulbs fail to complete the task? We even upgraded to a snot sucker powered by an adult's lungs which is vaguely disturbing and always comical (NoseFrida).

How adorably inaccurate this image is for my household. Shown: Mother and son lovingly locking eyes, she gently removes the mucus as the toddler joyfully cooperates. Reality: Mother pinning son down with snocksucker dangling from her mouth, saying wildly through pursed lips, "I'm trying to HELP you!!". Toddler is squirming. There is now snot EVERYWHERE.

How adorably inaccurate this image is for my household.

Shown: Mother and son lovingly locking eyes, she gently removes the mucus as the toddler joyfully cooperates.

Reality: Mother pinning son down with snocksucker dangling from her mouth, saying wildly through pursed lips, "I'm trying to HELP you!!". Toddler is squirming. There is now snot EVERYWHERE.

This DIY balm is for the times you've exhausted your efforts to manually remove your kids' mucus. I prefer to have it made ahead so it's sitting in the cupboard ready for use instead of attempting to make this when everyone is sick, cranky, mucus-y, more sleep deprived than usual—you get the picture. Make it today! As a bonus, at this time of year it is super easy to find the herbs fresh from the garden, or your local market if you live in the northern hemisphere like I do.

This recipe is from an amazing book by Stephanie L. Tourles titled "Hands On Healing Remedies" and includes over 150 recipes for a wide variety of ailments. It's a really, really awesome book written by a very knowledgeable lady—I highly recommend.

Breathe Easy Balm Recipe

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup dried or 1 cup freshly wilted peppermint leaves

1/2 cup dried or 1 cup freshly wilted rosemary leaves

1/2 cup dried or freshly wilted thyme leaves

3 cups extra-virin olive base oil

3-4 Tablespoons local beeswax (depending on how firm you want to salve to be)

8 drops eucalyptus (species radiata) essential oil (optional) *note: other species of eucalyptus oil are not recommended for use with children, this species is particularly gentle on their system.

2,000 IU vitamin E oil (for preservation)

This recipe makes a fair amount of balm so feel free to halve it, quarter it, whatever! (Or purchase some cute tins and use it in baby shower gifts!)

Directions (Stove Top Method):

Remove stems from herbs and chop them to increase the surface area exposed. Place in a 2 Quart saucepan or double boiler along with your base oil, stir to blend. Bring temperature to 125-135°F. Do not let it come to a simmer, do not place the lid back on the pot. Allow it to sit for 4 hours on low in the ideal temp range, stirring every 30 minutes and confirming the temp. Let cool 15 minutes. Strain with either a fine-mesh strainer, muslin, or preferably a paper coffee filter. Squeeze the herbs to remove as much goodness from them then discard them to your compost pile if available. Add vitamin E oil. Store in a glass jar in a dark area with stable temperatures.

When you're ready to make the balm, combine 1 cup of infused oil with the beeswax in a pot over low heat until the wax melts. Stir in essential oils if using and let the solution cool for 5 minutes. Pour into containers, cap, label and set aside for 30 minutes to thicken.

Application:

Apply a dab of the balm to the chest, back, neck and under the nose as needed to encourage easier breathing.