Homemade Natural Decongestant Ointment

Learn how to prepare a homemade natural decongestant ointment that can be used more than once. This class of home remedies have been used since ancient times with the purpose of dealing with nasal congestion problems and to improve respiratory function.

Most of us are familiar with breast ointment that comes in a blue bottle. But did you know that it is made (like many commercially prepared cosmetics) based on petroleum, and with artificial and chemical additives? This can be very harmful to anyone’s health.

For those who want to steer clear of these kinds of ingredients, you can learn how to make this common cold and flu decongestant ointment that can come in handy in the fall and winter.

Herbs with decongestant properties.

The beginning of a cold usually includes a runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat, lethargy (feeling tired), muscle aches, headache, fever.

Herbs that for centuries have been known to possess powerful decongestant properties are:

  • Mint.
  • Eucalyptus.
  • Thyme.

When combined in an ointment, these herbs produce a surprisingly effective alternative to typical store-bought medicines, but one that will be more effective and healthier.

How to make decongestant ointment?


  • 6 tablespoons of good quality extra virgin olive oil infused with dried organic mint leaves and eucalyptus leaves
  • 150 grams of beeswax.
  • 2 teaspoons of each of these essential oils: eucalyptus, peppermint, thyme, and cloves.

How to prepare the ointment?

  1. Prepare your herbal oil by infusing it with olive oil. See in this link how to make herbal oil infused with olive oil.
  2. Using a double boiler or in a small saucepan, simmer the herbal infused oil and beeswax until the wax is completely melted.
  3. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
  4. Add the essential oils and stir until well mixed.
  5. Pour into a small canning jar or metal cans and let it cool completely.
  6. This method of application is designed to massage the chest, back, soles of the feet, under the nose, or temples.
  7. Store in a cool, dark place (the medicine cabinet is perfect). It should be kept for at least one year. Add a little vitamin E and it can stay fresh for up to 5 years.

Please remember: Anytime someone (especially a child) struggles to breathe, it should be considered a medical emergency and he/she should be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible.

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