Homemade Vapor Rub with essential oils

This is one of those recipes you hope to never have to use.  But when you need it, you’ll be soooooooo glad to have it!

So whip up a batch of this natural vapor rub now when you feel well.  It’s very easy to make and only takes two ingredients plus essential oils.

Then when the stuffy nose, congestion, coughing, cold, aches, and trouble sleeping come, you’ll be ready.

 

Of course, getting sick is no fun.  So let’s do all we can to stay healthy.  Click here for a few of my favorite ways to use essential oils to support a healthy immune system and avoid the cold, cough, and congestion in the first place.  There are roller bottle recipes, diffuser blends, room sprays, and cleaning recipes.

 

Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

 

What is homemade vapor rub used for?

  • temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion
  • supports immune system
  • soothes sore muscles
  • temporarily supports clear breathing
  • helps get a good night’s sleep

 

Which essential oils are good for chest congestion and a stuffy nose?

There are many essential oils that help clear breathing.  Here’s a list of some of my favorites:

  • minty (peppermint, spearmint, wintergreen)
  • eucalyptus & ravintsara
  • herbs & spices (lavender, rosemary, thyme, basil, coriander, cardamom, clove)
  • citrus (lemon, lime, tangerine, orange)
  • woodsy (cedarwood, arborvitae, cypress, white fir, douglas fir)
  • and, of course, frankincense essential oil– what isn’t it great for?!!

Find more essential oils that are great for clear supporting clear breathing here along with favorite diffuser blends

 

What essential oils are used in this natural vapor rub recipe?

peppermint essential oil

eucalyptus essential oil

lemon essential oil

lavender essential oil

tea tree essential oil

 

How to make a natural vapor rub with essential oil?

step 1: add 2 tablespoons of beeswax to a heat-safe glass measuring cup or bowl

Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

 

step 2:  melt beeswax

Place heat-safe glass measuring cup in pot of simmering water.  The simmering water will gently warm the measuring cup and melt the beeswax.  (this technique is called the double boiler method)

Stir beeswax occasionally as it melts

Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

 

step 3:  add 1/2 cup coconut oil

note: if you don’t care for coconut oil, you can substitute babassu oil.

Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

 

step 4:  Stir occasionally.  Melt completely until it’s completely liquid and no pieces of beeswax remain.  This can take 10-15 minutes.

Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

 

step 5:  remove from heat and allow to cool for a couple minutes

Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

 

step 6:  add the following essential oils

20 drops peppermint essential oil

20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

15 drops lemon essential oil

15 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops tea tree essential oil

note: this is a 3% dilution.  For occasional use by adult.

Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

 

step 7:  pour into airtight container (makes 4-5 oz of vapor rub)

(glass, metal, plastic #1 PET & plastic #2 HDPE jars are all safe for diluted essential oil blends like this)

Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

 

step 8: clean up

Beeswax to hard to clean with just soap & water.  So before it hardens, use paper towels to wipe out the glass bowl/measuring cup and any utensils you used to stir the mixture.  Then once you’ve wiped off as much as you can, wash as usual with soap and water.

 

step 9:  allow to completely cool and solidify all the way through the vapor rub before putting the lid on

note: you can put in the refrigerator to speed this step up

Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

 

step 10 (optional):  If you use a tin container like I did, then you can decorate the lid with a little scrapbook paper and Modge Podge.

  • cut out scrapbook paper to fit the lid
  • use a foam brush to apply a little Modge Podge to the top of the lid (this acts as the glue)
  • put paper on lid, and starting from the center, use your finger to press down and smooth out any bubbles
  • then cover the top of the paper with a little more Modge Podge to seal the paper
  • let it dry

Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

Here’s the homemade vapor rub recipe one more time

2 Tbsp beeswax

1/2 cup coconut oil

20 drops peppermint essential oil

20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

15 drops lemon essential oil

15 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops tea tree essential oil

 

How to use essential oil vapor rub?

  • Apply a thick layer to upper chest.  Keep clothing around chest and throat loose to allow scent to reach nose and mouth.  If desired, you can cover with a warm dry cloth.
  • I also apply a light coating of the vapor rub right under my nose
  • Instead of applying to upper chest and under nose, you can apply vapor rub to feet and cover with socks

 

If you feel up to it, you may also want to try these essential oil recipes for clear breathing

 

Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

Where to get supplies?

organic, extra-virgin coconut oil (buy here)

organic, cosmetic-grade beeswax (buy here)

4 oz tin jars (buy here)

Modge Podge (buy here)

scrapbook paper (buy here)

adorable 2 oz glass mason jars (buy here)

 

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Natural, but effective, homemade essential oil vapor rub. Temporary relief of stuffy nose and congestion, supports immune system, soothes sore muscles, temporarily supports clear breathing as it helps relax and get a good night's sleep. Plus it's easy to make with only 2 ingredients + essential oils

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By | 2017-08-12T10:45:44+00:00 |Essential Oils|7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Bonnie Bellamy August 11, 2017 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Clear easy to follow directions.

  2. Jan August 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    can something else be substituted for the bees wax?

    • Sarah Lewis August 19, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      You could use candelilla wax instead. candelilla wax is harder than beeswax, so Use about 1/2 the amount called for in the recipe.

  3. Angela August 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Is this rub safe for use on children and babies or do you have an alternative recipe for them?

    • Sarah Lewis August 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      I would use as is for kids age 10+.
      For kids age 6-9, you could try changing out the essential oils for the following: 10 drops each peppermint, fir needle, lemon, lavender, and tea tree.
      For kids age 2-5, you could try changing out the essential oils for the following: 10 drops fir needle, 10 drops cedarwood, 5 drops lemon, 5 drops lavender, and 5 drops tea tree.
      I would not use for kids under 2.

  4. Kaan de guzman August 17, 2017 at 12:57 am - Reply

    How about dilution kids for the rub?is it recommended?tnks

    • Sarah Lewis August 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      I would use as is for kids age 10+.
      For kids age 6-9, you could try changing out the essential oils for the following: 10 drops each peppermint, fir needle, lemon, lavender, and tea tree.
      For kids age 2-5, you could try changing out the essential oils for the following: 10 drops fir needle, 10 drops cedarwood, 5 drops lemon, 5 drops lavender, and 5 drops tea tree.
      I would not use for kids under 2.

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