Natural alternative to Vicks Vaporub, only without controversial ingredients like petroleum jelly and turpentine oil. DIY, it is easy 🙂
Creating your own homemade all natural Vapor Rub with essential oils is easy!
I am making it with a blend of 4 essential oils (eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary and manuka) all famous for their health benefits in helping with different respiratory conditions provoked by cold and flu.
EUCALYPTUS radiata essential oil is a potent anti-viral essential oil that stimulates the immune system and enhance the activity of the white blood cells. Excellent for colds, flu, infections of the respiratory system, including bronchial infections and pneumonia.
PEPPERMINT essential oil helps clear nasal congestion and relieve cough and cold symptoms. Acts as expectorant and decongestant, and may help clear the respiratory tract.
ROSEMARY essential oil is an antiviral oil that can boost mental energy and is also efficient in clearing the respiratory tract.
MANUKA essential oil (New Zeland Tea Tree Essential Oil) provides relief and helps respiratory conditions such as nasal congestion, cold and flu, and cough and bronchitis. If you don’t have access to manuka essential oil, you can substitute it with tea tree EO.
The recipe is enclosed below – in case you are not into “Do It Yourself”, we can make it for you – follow this link to make an order All Organic Homemade Vapor Rub
Vapor Rub Homemade Recipe
- 10gr beeswax*
- 20gr shea* or olive oil*
- 50gr coconut oil*
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil*
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil*
- 6 drops peppermint essential oil *
- 4 drops manuka essential oil*
*Make sure to use organic ingredients whenever possible.
Melt the beeswax, shea and coconut oil in a double boiler. When beeswax is fully melted, put aside and cool down and then while it is still liquid, stir in the essential oils blend. Transfer to a glass container with a tight fitting lid.
Let it sit for 24 hours.
USAGE: Rub your upper back, chest and the bottoms of the feet for a quick relief.
SHELF LIFE. Provided you use the fresh ingredients, it will be good up to a year. Do not touch it with wet fingers. Keep at room temperature.
This recipe creates an essential oil dilution that is a little bit below 2%. I have seen many recipes calling for doubling the amount of essential oils which is in general fine for the age of 12 up to 65 years old. I primarily created this for my 6-year old and suggest trying this lighter version of the recipe first – you can always make it stronger by adding few more drops of essential oils or even doubling the amount.
It is wise to perform a skin patch test before using any product: apply a little to your forearm and give it a little time to make sure you are not allergic to some of the oils.
This is NOT a safe essential oils’ dilution for children under 4.