Make this easy, all natural homemade vapor rub to replace that store bought, full chemical brand. It helps relieve chest congestion, a stuffy nose, and coughing.
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All Natural Homemade Vapor Rub
Don’t you loath when the weather starts to cool and allergies and sickness start to creep in and everyone gets sick and congested?! I HATE that.
One thing we do at my house to help keep the congestion to a minimum is put a vapor rub on the bottoms of our feet before we sleep. This helps SO much! I try not to buy the kind at the store because of the different chemicals and things it has in it that I feel are not good for our bodies.
Did you know it is actually REALLY easy to make your own vapor rub? Say Whaaaaaat?! It took me about ten minutes from start to finish. Then it has to set for about 30 minutes after it’s all mixed together. It’s so simple, anyone can do it.
Essential Oils Safety
Now before I tell you what I put in my vapor rub, we need to talk about essential oil safety. Are essential oils save to use? Of course they are.
However, certain ages handle particular kinds of oils differently. In fact, if you are pregnant or nursing you need to be careful of which oils you use or are around.
The vapor rub that I make is not for small kids or babies. It is for older kids and adults. I will give you a suggestion for oils to use for small children but I am no doctor and I recommend that you do your OWN research and see which oils you feel comfortable using on kids 8 and under.
Vapor Rub Ingredients
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- Coconut oil
- Bees Wax
- Cocoa butter
- Shea Butter
- Lemon Essential oil
- Lavender Essential oil
- Peppermint Essential oil
- Rosemary Essential oil
- Eucalyptus essential oil
I know that’s a lot of ingredients and if you don’t already have them on hand it can get expensive. I will say that once you start making your own products you will begin to get a great collection of materials that can be used to make tons of stuff.
Everything on this list for vapor rub is great for other homemade products. You won’t regret buying any of these things.
Why These Ingredients for Homemade Vapor Rub?
You might have seen other homemade vapor rub recipes with less ingredients so I want to explain why I use so many. I know seeing a lot of ingredients might make it seem like this vapor rub is harder to make but I assure you it’s pretty simple.
The Base Ingredients
The four base ingredients are the coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, and cocoa butter. This is what gives homemade vapor rub it’s thick consistency.
The Essential Oil Ingredients
Making Homemade Vapor Rub
3 TBSP Coconut oil
1 1/2 TBSP Bees Wax
2 TBSP Cocoa butter
2 TBSP Shea Butter
- The above ingredients need to go in a double broiler on the stove top until they are all in liquid form. Sometimes the bees wax can take a while to melt. I like to stir it around a bit to help the process go by quicker.
- Once those 4 ingredients are melted, remove from heat and let rest a few minutes.
- Then we will add the essential oils.
10 drops Lemon essential oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil
5 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
Here’s the thing. Essential oils are kind of personal. What smells good to one person might not smell good to another. So if you are newer to the oils, I suggest you start with 5 drops each.
Then if you think it should be stronger go up to ten drops. You may think that 5 drops each is the perfect amount for you. I started with 5 and thought it was not strong enough. Then I moved up to 10 drops.
4. Once you have those drops in your hot mixture, stir that up and pour your vapor mix into a jar. I like to use the small mason jars because they are the perfect size and they are so stinking cute! And I mean LOOK at how perfect it fits! Like this recipe was purposefully for these jars. Can’t beat that.
Using Homemade Vapor Rub
Use your all natural homemade vapor rub just like you would use the store bought stuff.
I like to rub this on the bottoms of our feet and then put socks on over them. If my kids start coughing in the middle of the night then I usually reapply to their feet while they sleep and put the socks back on. I also like to rub a little of this on their chest.
Homemade vapor rub can be stored anywhere you’d normally keep the store bought vapor rub. Remember to keep it out of reach of small kids. It does not need to be refrigerated.
Homemade Vapor Rub will last at least a year. It will start to smell off when it’s no longer useable.
Don’t forget that this mixture is for older kids and up. Some essential oils that would be better suited for little ones, are lavender and lemon.
Now I have read mixed feelings about Eucalyptus oil. Some feel it is okay for younger kids and some don’t. Same goes for Rosemary. So do your research. Decide for yourself which oils you are comfortable using.
I hope you try this All Natural Homemade Vapor Rub for yourself. Once you see how easy it is to make your own products you’ll be throwing out all those yuck filled store bought ones. Congratulate yourself! You’re on the way to a healthier home.
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