Whip up this simple homemade chest rub made with natural ingredients and essential oils and be ready for relief during cold season.
Having my first cold last week in a long time had me bringing out many essential oils to help ease my stuffy head. I have been wanting to make my own homemade vapor rub for a while and there was no better time to make it than while feeling miserable and wanting to find some breathing relief.
I also put Young Living’s R.C. neat (undiluted) on a q-tip and swab the inside of my nose to help with congestion. R.C. comes in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit.
NOTE: NEVER use essential oils on babies and children under 2 years old. There are a few oils that are safe to diffuse and apply topically on children when highly diluted with a carrier oil. I recommend reading this article Safe Essential Oil Use With Babies & Children as a great reference. Always check with a doctor or healthcare provider about using essential oils on young children.
5 TB coconut oil
2 TB cocoa butter
1 1/2 TB beeswax pellets
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops idaho balsam fir
In a glass measuring up, microwave the coconut oil and cocoa butter for about 1 minute or longer until melted. (or place coconut oil and cocoa butter in a saucepan, melt over low heat.
Once melted, add the beeswax and let it melt as well.
Allow the mixture to sit and cool for about 5 minutes before adding the oils.
Then add the oils and combine with a spoon.
Pour the mixture into a 4 oz mason jar.
Rub on the chest to help a stuffy nose, or on the feet with socks to soothe a cough.
Homemade vapor rub will keep at room temperature for 12 months.
Other combinations of oils you could use:
- 20 drops eucalyptus, 10 drops rosemary, 10 drops lavender, 10 drops tea tree, 10 drops lemon
- 20 drops each rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus
- 30 drops rosemary, 20 drops eucalyptus, 20 drops lavender
- 20 drops each rosemary, peppermint and eucalyptus
- 20 drops eucalyptus, 20 drops peppermint, 10 drops basil and 10 drops pine needle
- 15 drops each lavender, rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus