DIY: Natural Vapor Rub

peppermint eucalyptus Rub

I made this rub last week, before I left for my visit to Uganda.  It’s inspired by that time I thought I might suffocate in the shower.  No joke.

Having a cold is totally not the end of the world.  It’s only the end of the world if you think it’s the end of the world, or if you’re trying to eat peanut butter while your nose is out of order.  That’s a disaster.

The only relief I could find this cold season was in the shower, waiting for the steam to work it’s magic on my clogged sinuses.  That takes some minutes…. long minutes to stand there scalding your skin thinking of other possible remedies you could coax from your medicine cabinet.  This is likely when you suggest that I purchase a humidifier, to which I reply ‘MEH sounds boring’. Sorry.

Lightbulb moment!

We made lip gloss a few months ago!  Couldn’t we use those same ingredients to make a homemade minty vapor rub to spread on our chests and perhaps not be mouth breathers for the rest of our lives?  The answer is a resounding YES! So here.we.go!

Peppermint Eucalyptus Rub

What You’ll Need:

Coconut Oil

Sweet Almond Oil

Beeswax Pastilles 

{All of the above items we also used for the lip gloss if you made that!}

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil

{Other formulas I’ve seen online use lavender or lemon oil instead of Tea Tree Oil.  Follow your nose.}

Natural Vapor Rub

Print this Recipe!

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup sweet almond oil

2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles

20 to 25 drops eucalyptus oil

20 to 25 drops peppermint oil

10 drops tea tree oil

Melt coconut oil, almond oil, and beeswax pastilles until thoroughly melted and combined.  Turn off the heat and remove from the simmering pot.  Add the essential oils.  Use half of the amount of essential oils if using the rub for small children.  Stir together and pour into a sealable container.  Store at room temperature until cool and solidified.  The mixture will be solid but still spoonable and spreadable.  When stuffy, rub a bit on your chest after a shower and chill the heck out.  Try to breathe.  It’ll happen eventually.  Get well soon!  

28 thoughts on “DIY: Natural Vapor Rub

  1. This is such a great idea, ordering everything now to make it… question – how do you store it/ how long would it last?

  2. Try Friar’s Balsam, an old English remedy, available on Amazon.com now. It’s been around for about 150 years. It’s a tincture, and you put a few drops in boiling/hot water and inhale, either with a towel over your head or use a cup inhaler. It is very sticky so if you use a bowl, use one that you don’t mind getting sticky. You can also use Friar’s Balsam for other ailments like fissures!

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