You are going to want to read this tutorial to see how to easily and cheaply make your own homemade vapor rub.
I don’t know about you, but as the weather changes throughout the fall and into winter, I always seem to catch something. I have my usual go-to’s that make it more bearable, and make it possible to still have my day to day routine and even make it work! You know the classics, chicken noodle soup, hot teas, throat lozenges, meds like Niquil and Asprin, and of course, a decongestant vapor rub!
Well, what if I told you it is super easy to make your own chest rub using your favorite essential oils? Just follow this easy recipe so you will be prepared for every sniffle and cough this season! You will well be on your way to supporting those seasonal threats as they come at you.
To help support open airways from seasonal threats, you can do it with this simple vapor rub featuring some easy breathing scents from some of our favorite essential oils.
It always seems like when we get sick, we just happen to be out of the very thing we need to help us feel better. If you are out of your normal vapor rub, no worries, you can easily make your own natural rub. Hopefully, you or your family members won’t find yourselves sick this year, but in case sickness finds you, we’ve got you covered!
DIY Vapor Rub Ingredients
- Glass measuring cup + pot OR double boiler
- 2 100ml Glass Cream Jar
- 2 Tbsp beeswax pastilles
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (I love nutiva coconut oil. Also, the refined coconut oil doesn’t have quite the smell that the unrefined coconut oil has)
- 20 drops peppermint or spearmint essential oil (if using for babies, substitute white fir essential oil)
- 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 7 drops tea tree essential oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
** Please note that if you are making this for a baby or a small child, you will need to way DECREASE the number of drops of essential oils used. Use only 4-5 drops of eucalyptus oil and 2 drops white fir and 2 drops lavender essential oils. It will not smell nearly as potent, but it will be safe. Always refer to our dilution chart when making any recipes.
How to Make Homemade Vapor Rub
- First, you are going to need to start to melt beeswax in measuring cup. To do this, place it in a pot of water or in a double boiler. Next, add your ½ cup coconut oil (Babassu oil can be used as a substitute), mix until melted and combined. this can take up to 15 min. Use a mini wisk to help combine the ingredients of the beeswax and coconut oil as it melts.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes. Make sure to place it on a heat safe counter or on a heatproof mat as your measuring cup will be quite hot.
- Let cool slightly, as we want to preserve the essential oils, and not add them when the mixture is too hot.
- You are going to want to add essential oils to the mix before it solidifies.
- Once you have mixed in your essential oils, pour the mixture into your 100ml cream jars. It will take about 2 100ml cream jars for this recipe.
- Your homemade vapor rub can take awhile to set up on its own at room temperature. In order to speed this process up, put it in the fridge to help it to solidify quicker.
- Your new wonderful DIY chest rub can be kept in the fridge or on your nightstand. 😉
How to use Homemade Vapor Rub
Apply this rub to your chest to support your airways and easily create your own mentholated topical rub. You can also apply this mixture directly under your nose (please use caution if using this for a child or toddler). Further, this can also be applied to feet and then covered with socks! I like to do this overnight for a more restful sleep while sick.
Please note that this should be used for a short term with a high dilution ratio such as this. Please also look at dilution charts if using this homemade vapor rub for a child, toddler, elderly, etc. For medical advice, please see your physician.
Ditch the Toxic Chemicals
What I love about this recipe is that there are really only 3 ingredients. And, if you are used to doing any sort of DIY’s, you probably have all of the ingredients already on hand. Look at the back of some of these chest rubs next time you are in the store. Are there only 3 ingredients in them? No, no there’s not. Can you pronounce all of the words in them? Also, many of the chest rubs you will find on the shelves of the drug store contain petroleum. Yes you read that right, petroleum. Who wants to put something on their chest and face that is be used in a car? Seems crazy doesn’t it?
This homemade vapor rub simply has the simplest ingredients and they are all natural too. Since this only uses beeswax, coconut oil, and essential oils, you can see that not only can you pronounce them, but they are all from nature and gifts of the earth.
Why Did We Add the Essential Oils We Did To This Chest Rub
We used peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils in this chest rub because of their respiratory benefits. These essential oils help to promote easy breathing. Lemon was used because of its antiviral and antifungal properties. Tea tree (melaleuca) essential oil helps to support the immune system. Lavender oil is used to promote rest and relaxation, as well as supporting the airways.
If you own an essential oil business, giving out some homemade vapor rub is a great way to introduce essential oils to those who may be curious. The ingredients are readily available, cheap and affordable to make a chest rub. Grab some pretty glass jars and give them to your friends who are fighting through some seasonal ailments. They will thank you and also be curious about how you made this.
Add a Lable To Your Chest Rub
Do you want to add a pretty label to your homemade chest rub? We’ve made it easy for you and created a file that you can print off. These are designed for 2 1/2″ labels. You can always print the labels on just a label sheet and cut them out too.
We have made a cute label you can use for your jars. The download is absolutely FREE. Make sure you grab it on our website HERE.