Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe to Clear Congestion Naturally

This homemade vapor rub recipe will help you clear congestion naturally, with no artificial chemicals. With the winter in full swing, cold and flu viruses run rampant through many households. My daughter has had a cough and head congestion off and on for what seems like months. I remember when I was a kid my mom would slather that mentholated petroleum jelly under my nose and on my chest to help clear up congestion. Eucalyptus is great for clearing a stuffy head but I could do without the petroleum based products all over my skin. This simple homemade vapor rub recipe will help you clear your head without exposing you to a whole bunch of nasty petroleum products!   

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Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe to Clear Congestion Naturally

All you need (besides the ingredients, of course!) is a small pot to simmer water in, a glass jar with lid for melting the oils/butters, and a small container to put your homemade vapor rub in. You can repurpose a mint tin, a baby food jar, or whatever else you happen to have handy. In less than 30 minutes you will have homemade vapor rub that will last the entire cold and flu season!

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Essential oils are powerhouses when it comes helping us feel better. The primary essential oils in this homemade vapor rub are Eucalyptus and Peppermint. I also added lavender for it’s relaxation properties and tea tree oil because it is a great antimicrobial oil. You can include other oils if you prefer. I have seen some recipes that use cinnamon oil to help improve circulation or Rosemary oil for it’s healing properties and benefits to the respiratory system. Just make sure that the primary oil (the greatest quantity) is eucalyptus, then peppermint and include your other oils in smaller proportions. This will allow for maximum head clearing capabilities!

NOTE:  This recipe is for adult usage….if you want a child appropriate recipe, cut back on the essential oils. Their skin is more delicate and the oils may be too strong!

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 Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe

Yields makes 1/2 cup

Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe

Wonderful way to naturally clear your head!

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 3 TBSP beeswax granules
  • 45 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 35 drops peppermint oil
  • 15 drop lavender oil
  • 10 drop tea tree oil

Instructions

  1. Combine the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a medium jar. Cover loosely.
  2. Place jar in a small pot filled about half way with water.
  3. Heat water on stove to a simmer.
  4. Swirl your jar frequently to help mix and melt. You want the water only about half way up your jar.
  5. When the ingredients are melted remove from heat and add oils.
  6. Swirl gently to mix and pour in clean container with lid for storage. Keeps well at room temperature for up to one year.
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Eucalyptus is great for clearing a stuffy head but I could do without the petroleum based products all over my skin.  This simple homemade vapor rub recipe will help you clear your head without exposing you to a whole bunch of nasty petroleum products!

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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke!

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