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!


tonia said...

oh, i love your recipe so much better than the one i posted! i was trying to stick to grocery-store available products in that post for ease, but i just put in an order for beeswax for lotion and i think i'll make up some of your rub when it gets here!

thanks, you brilliant woman!

Anonymous said...

where can i find beeswax?

Anonymous said...

You are amazing and I look forward to making some of my own remedies soon. Looks like it is next week for Reformation day. Can you believe the snow? I am so coming over to your house for lunch sometime. Lauren tripped over the pumpkins in the patch this weekend and totally scratched up her face. Poor baby. See you soon.amy

Shan said...

Dearest Kimberly,

Oh my how I could have used your lovely "Vicks" these past days! I am much improved now and when I have a few moments I will have to try to make some Vapor Rub.

I just looked through the last few posts and it is so fun to see your littles in the beautiful photos.

It looks like we may have to wait a week or two to get together as Dearest and I have a few obligations to attend to. I will e-mail as soon as possible and we can pick a date.

Yours so very kindredly,
Honey Hill Farm

Callista said...

OMG im sooo happy you commented on my blog :) now i have to bookmark your blog! i love it. im glad you like the apple jelly too :)

i just got 5 pounds of beeswax for my lotion bars project. i want to try to get into homemade body products... where do you get your little lip balm pot tins and essential oils?

deb said...

You leave me breathless just looking at all the work you've been doing this harvest season.
How inspiring.
I am going to get organized and try some of these natural products.
thank you for the photos and information.

Nikki Ritter said...

Ok I want to know your "sources" for your oils, beeswax and other fun concoctions too! :D

Anonymous said...

It's the eucalyptus oil that gives it the unique quality/smell. Do you have any natural recipes for a diaper rash cream?

Kimberly said...

I am working on a post with my "sources". It will be up soon.

I think I will remelt the rub & add more of the peppermint & eucalyptus. It is not as strong as I would like.
I use my healing balm for diaper rash as well.

the inadvertent farmer said...

Can't wait to try this...thank you so much! Kim

Rachel B said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I am going to mix up a similar recipe in the next week or so. I am going to use some white camphor for a nice strong batch for my husband, and then a mild batch with lavender for my little ones. I will blog about it and let you know when it goes up!

Anonymous said...

Great idea to add some beeswax to thicken the blend up a bit - much better than just using straight olive oil or using coconut oil!

Remember as you are adding the essential oils to the hot wax that eucalyptus oil has a very low flash point (120 degrees or so, depending on distillation), you've gotta add the essential oils as the wax is starting to cool off again.

Kimberly said...

Here's the link to my sources:

Sarah said...

so happy to find you tonight. hope you don't mind if I splash around to get to know you. this looks like a refreshing place to dip into all things good.


Angel said...

The beeswax is a great idea! I use lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary for my mixture. About 2-3 drops of each per tsp of oil or whatever. Make sure you use high quality oils because you do get what you pay for. I use essential oils so much(for about everything) that I became a distributor at so I can get all my oils at discounted prices.

Takhara said...

Just to clarify -- you doubled the amount of essential oils so that it was 30 peppermint and 20 euca? You also mentioned that you remelted and added more later on again -- did it seem to lose some potency after it sat a while?

I doubled the oils and have it cooling on my counter now. It smells wonderful!

Kimberly said...

I did double it all. It does lose some potency over time, more if left open. I usually keep the tins closed between uses now.


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