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If making herbal remedies is new to you, this is a great starter salve. This vapor rub goes together quickly and easily, so you can be using it just a couple hours after starting. Even faster if you put the finished product in the refrigerator to harden it up faster. 

Is your nose stuffy? Feeling a little phlemgy? Do your sinuses feel ready to explode? Congestion is no fun and it can be triggered not only by the common cold, but also as a side effect allergies and irritants in the air. Even things like pregnancy, menopause, and stress can cause congestion. This recipe helps fight the congestion so you can pioneer on. We all know a homestead waits for no one. Not even a sick person.

Homemade Natural DIY Vapor Rub Recipe

This is the recipe I’ve been using for the last 5 years (ever since we ditched the Vicks — which contains petroleum, a non-eco-friendly product). Petroleum contains xenoestrogens which may increase estrogen problems in the body. No one needs that in their life. Plus, petroleum does not add value to your skin. It merely acts as a barrier, which you don’t need if your skin isn’t broken. Coconut oil and cocoa butter add nutrients and moisture to the skin.

Ingredients

It’s worth it to purchase high quality oils when you’re using them for a medicinal purpose. Fear not, though. High quality doesn’t necessarily mean high cost. I really like Plant Therapy. They guarantee to have no synthetics and parabens as well as GMOs, SLS, and other artificial substances and are very reasonably priced. Doterra is another wonderful choice. I used it this last time because I happened to have it on hand. Doterra is pricier, but it’s good stuff.

Instructions

Using a double boiler, melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a glass container held off the bottom of a sauce pan with a canning ring. Don’t forget to add water to the sauce pan. I’ve done that and I assure you that you’ll scorch your pan and still have solid cocoa butter.

Once melted, add the beeswax and stir gently until the wax is melted as well. I like to use wooden chopsticks or craft sticks (like wide popsicle sticks) to stir. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to sit for about 5 minutes. It will start to harden, but still be mostly liquid.

Add the essential oils. It’s best not to add essential oils to really hot salve base because heat may change the therapeutic benefits of the oils. Combine with a spoon or wooden chopstick. Pour your homemade vapor rub into a glass jar. As the mixture continues to cool the liquid will solidify, making it a creamy, spreadable rub.

Makes approximately 4 oz. Lasts about a month.

Homemade Vapor Rub with Eucalyptus & Other EOs
Yields 4
Coconut oil and cocoa butter add nutrients and moisture to the skin. This vapor rub goes together quickly and easily, so you can be using it just a couple hours after starting.
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Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
787 calories
3 g
0 g
89 g
1 g
21 g
93 g
1 g
0 g
1 g
64 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
93g
Yields
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 787
Calories from Fat 780
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 89g
137%
Saturated Fat 21g
103%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12g
Monounsaturated Fat 52g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 2g
6%
Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
2%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c. Coconut Oil
  2. 2 tbsp. Cocoa Butter
  3. 1 1/2 tbsp. Beeswax Block Shavings/Pellets/Pastilles
  4. 20 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  5. 5 drops each Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Tea Tree Oil
Instructions
  1. Using a double boiler, melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter.
  2. Once melted, add the beeswax and stir gently until the wax is melted as well.
  3. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to sit for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the essential oils. Combine with a spoon or wooden chopstick.
  5. Pour your homemade vapor rub into a glass jar.
Notes
  1. As the mixture continues to cool the liquid will solidify, making it a creamy, spreadable rub.
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calories
787
fat
89g
protein
1g
carbs
3g
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Required Disclaimers

If you are making this for children, please be aware that rosemary and peppermint essential oils are not recommended for kids under the age of 10. Eucalyptus may cause slower respiration on young children. Having said that, I’ve used a diluted version of this vapor rub recipe on my kids after the age of two. I cut the eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint down by about half.

For more cough and cold help, check out Homemade Fire Cider for Cold & Flu Season, Hyssop: Why You Need to Make Some Space for This Herb (scroll down to see my hyssop congestion tea recipe) and Homemade Cough Syrup with Lime, Thyme & Ginger.

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