Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Homemade Vapor Rub- All Natural and Easy
** Don't want to make your own? Our Vapor Rub is now available in our Etsy Store!!!!
I remember having Vicks Vaporub smeared all over when I was sick as a child. I loved the stuff! It always smelled good and fresh to me. Now, though, I prefer not to use petroleum products on my skin. Also, Vicks Vaporub is NOT recommended for kids under two. The reasons for that make me think it probably isn't much better for my guys who aren't much older.
I looked up a few other homemade vapor rub recipes and decided to come up with my own to use what I have on hand. Some of the recipes were vague, others had you pouring essential oils into a tub of Vaseline. If I wanted that, I'd just buy the Vicks! I want something NATURAL.
The 1/4 cup beeswax to 1 cup oil ratio works so well for my Healing Balms that I thought it would make a nice consistency for a homemade vapor rub as well. We all love the balm and use it all the time. It has been a big hit around here and with my friends as well. It goes on smooth, but not greasy or sticky.
I whipped a batch up of this today and it smells great. We are all well here, but I thought it would be nice to have something on hand because it seems like the rest of the city is sick. I have a jar I use for my beeswax concoctions so I just put the oil and beeswax in that and melted it in the microwave for about three minutes, until the beeswax had melted. The entire process has taken longer to type up than to actually make.
It was overwhelming when I first poured all the oils in and reminded me of the Mint Room on the Celestial Seasonings Tea Tour. However, now that it is in the jars and cooled it smells fine. I rubbed a bit on me to test it out and it is nice. I'm glad to have one more thing we can use that is a bit more natural.
All Natural Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe:
Melt 1/4 cup Beeswax in 1 cup Olive Oil. Add in 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil & 10 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Stir and pour into containers. Let cool and rub on as needed. Breathe easy!
*****************Edited: I ended up going back, remelting the rub and adding in about twice the amounts of Peppermint & Eucalyptus EO. When I first was mixing it the amount seemed strong, but when I actually used it, it wasn't really. NOW it will really work. I'd suggested experimenting yourself to see what works best for you. Let me know how it works.
****************** UPDATE: Nov 29th 2010== Welcome new readers!!! Thanks for stopping by! Hope you find something new and helpful for you. BTW- It's been just over a year since I did this post and I still have most of the last jar of the Homemade Vapor Rub. Dumpling woke up with a stuffy nose yesterday and so I remelted what was left and added more Peppermint & Eucalyptus EO to the jar. It's working well and soothes his upper lip and nose where I've rubbed it in. It is helping to drain his sinuses and keeps his skin from getting sore from wiping. I've also equipped him with some cloth handkerchiefs to use instead of just Kleenex. I've also rubbed it onto his chest and back before naps and sleeping last night. He likes it, too. :)
******Looking for more natural products we all use that you can make yourself? Read the Simple Living Posts Page. There are lots of ideas and links to all the things I have learned to just make myself. From alternatives to shampooing, homemade deodorant, lotions, lipbalms, cleaning products, laundry detergent and more are all there!