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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Herbal Medicine Chest ~ Clear Head Vapor Ointment #2

It's nice to know that when I'm in a crunch at night, in need of an herbal remedy only to discover that I don't have the one I need on hand, I can whip up an effective treatment in a short amount of time right here in the Woodwife's kitchen.  One of our favorite herbal remedies is Clear Head Vapor Ointment for night time relief of congestion and soothing sore throats.  This works well with Clear Head Vapor Salts for day or night time use.

I needed a batch in a hurry last night so I went to the supply cabinet to gather my herbal ingredients only to remember that I was out of un-petroleum jelly.  But I did have a tub of olive butter so I grabbed that instead.
You could also make this using a basic salve/ointment recipe of olive oil and beeswax.  You can see mine here.

So here's the olive butter alternative to my original.
I filled a 2 oz. jelly jar almost to the top with the olive butter and heated it gently until most of the butter had melted.  Then I removed it from the heat and stirred until all of the butter had melted. 
I added:
5-6 menthol crystals - I should note that I added this ingredient to the original recipe.
1/8 tsp. fir needle EO
1/8 tsp. rosemary EO
1/8 tsp. peppermint EO
1/4 tsp. eucalyptus EO
I mixed it all together and cooled it quickly in a bowl of ice water, stirring until it was "buttery" again.
The aroma was so soothing that I felt relaxed just preparing it.

This remedy is part of Wildcrafting Wednesday.

I'm sharing this remedy with Jo and friends @

Much herbal love,


  1. Perfect timing! :) Thank you for sharing!

    ~ Kathy

  2. This is great! I have to keep this in mind...

  3. Thanks for sharing on the Living Well Blog Hop!
    I hope to see you this Friday again.

  4. Where do I find olive butter? That's what I'm looking for right now. Thank you for sharing!

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    I purchased my olive butter from Camden Grey. Please note the other recipes for this balm that use olive oil(click on "here" at the end of the sentence. Thanks for stopping by.


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