This time of the year, a lot of us are up against sickness, stress, and the elements. It' important to take care of yourself by eating well and getting enough rest, but sometimes you need a little extra help! These three DIY recipes are great in a pinch for yourself or for a friend who's feeling a little under the weather.


Tension-Easing After-Shower Balm

1/4 cup dried lavender petals

1/4 cup dried calendula flowers

1 cup coconut oil

1 ounce beeswax

20 drops lavender essential oil



Combine the flowers and coconut oil, and place in an oven-proof dish (wish enough room for the oil to melt) into a 300-degree oven right after it has been turned off. Leave the mixture to sit for 3 hours, then strain the oil, squeezing out all of the infused oil. Discard the herbs, add the beeswax, and return to a warm oven long enough to melt the wax. Add the essential oil and stir to combine. Pour into jars and cover with an airtight top.


Tension-Easing After-Shower Balm

1 cup raw brown sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 tbs powdered cinnamon

5 drops cinnamon essential oil

sweet orange essential oil



Combine the essential oils with the coconut oil, blending until thoroughly combined and add the powdered cinnamon and brown sugar.

*Not intended for pregnant women or children, and should be thoroughly rinsed off after use. Use with caution and test on skin before applying.


Congestion-Fighting Vapor Rub

¼ cup coconut oil

20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

5 drops peppermint essential oil



Microwave coconut oil in a microwaveable container for 10 seconds and stir until completely melted. Add eucalyptus and peppermint oils and stir well. Pour into a container of your choice and leave to cool and solidify.