6 Natural Homemade Vapor Rub Recipes With Essential Oils
An alternative to that famous vapor chest rub is to make a natural homemade vapor rub using essential oils. In particular, eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary oils are great to clear out mucous and open up breathing when you have a cold or flu.
Note: The two most common types of eucalyptus are Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus radiata. Eucalyptus globulus is stronger and best suited for adults. Eucalyptus radiata is milder and usually a better choice for children, especially young children.
Caution: Some of these
recipes contain strong essential oils that can irritate the skin of some
people. Test each rub on a small area before using on a larger area. If
you identify an oil that irritates your skin, leave it out of the vapor
1. Vapor Chest Rub
You can store this balm at room temperature.
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 ounce shaved beeswax
1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
1 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
1/2 teaspoon thyme essential oil (preferably the chemotype linalol)
Over very low heat, melt the beeswax in the olive oil.
Remove the mixture from the heat and then cool slightly.
Stir in essential oils, making sure you keep your face away from the oils.