Homemade Natural Vapor Rub Recipe {Natural Remedies}

by Chrystal Johnson on December 3, 2012

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Kaylee came down with a mild cold over the weekend, so I was trying to soothe her with natural remedies rather than turning to over the counter meds – which we avoid whenever possible. I decided to make a batch of homemade natural vapor rub rather than turning to the petroleum based junk you get at the store.

I have been stocking up on certified pure therapeutic-grade doTERRA Essential Oils over the last several months so I had everything on hand I needed.

I used a 4 oz jelly jar for this recipe, which makes a big batch of vapor rub, but it should last in your medicine cabinet for up to 2 years.

Natural Vapor Rub Ingredients

Directions for Homemade Vapor Rub

  1. Melt your palm shortening or coconut oil and pour it into the 4 oz jar. For this batch I used 5 tablespoons of palm shortening and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, but any ratio would work. You can use any brand, but I like Tropical Traditions. The key is using oils that are solid at room temperature.
  2. Add the essential oils and stir. I recommend using therapeutic grade essential oils from doTERRA.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for a couple hours until the mixture hardens.
  4. Store in a cool, dark place. I keep mine in the fridge. Next time I’ll add beeswax to make it more shelf stable.

You can see what the homemade vapor rub looks like in comparison to the chemical filled version.

How to Use Natural Vapor Rub

You can apply it directly to your chest and neck, and even put a little under your nose. Another great way to use it is to put it on the bottoms of your feet and then put socks on.

It seemed to help Kaylee almost immediately after we applied it. She stopped coughing and sat down next to me to rest. She didn’t like having it put under her nose, so we’ve been sticking to the neck, chest and feet.

Have you ever made homemade natural vapor rub? What are your favorite essential oils to use?

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Rachel @ day2day joys December 5, 2012 at 7:49 am

This is a wonderful naruratl remedy! Would love for you to link up a Healthy 2day Wednesdays as well as check out the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways over on my blog now, we’re on day 9! Hope you’ll come enter!

Blessings!

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2 Beth December 17, 2012 at 7:29 am

Vick’s vapo rub is one of the best remedies I’ve ever used, but I love that you have a natural alternative and that it’s so easy to make! I might already have a few of these ingredients on hand so it’s good to see it doesn’t require that many.
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3 Chrystal Johnson December 17, 2012 at 11:14 am

The problem with Vick’s is that it contains petroleum-based products, which are not good for your little one.

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4 Tiffany January 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

This is a great recipe! Thanks it works wonderfully for my sensitive son and me too. I avoid all petrol products for him and loved Vicks before my enlightenment on the poor ingredients.

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5 Chrystal Johnson January 5, 2014 at 9:10 am

I’m so happy it worked for you!

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6 Alison March 7, 2014 at 11:39 am

I am trying to make some of this for my 2 toddlers but don’t have all of the essential oils….I have eucalyptus, tea tree, and lavender Along with coconut oil, would it still be beneficial to use these together?

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