5 Recipes For How To Make Your Own Quick DIY Natural Vapor Rub

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No matter what time of year or part of the planet you are on, you are either in Summer or Winter (Spring or Autumn); you and your kids can always get stuck with a cold.

So, seeing as it is around "that time of year," I wanted to give you five recipes for how to make your own DIY Vapor-Rub.

Of course, you might be saying, but why make my own when I can grab a jar of Vicks?

Well, the problem is its ingredients. By making your own, you will benefit from all the natural ingredients your body will love you for. Vicks vapor rub was the "go-to" for my grandmother whenever I got a cold, and I have fond memories of her applying it to my chest, back, and nose.

That's why these alternatives are so significant. The benefits are the same, memory creation, additionally they are all-natural. So don't worry! Making it up is simple and quick- you can do it in a jiffy! So let's get to the recipes, shall we?

I have found three stellar options for you to choose from based on your preferences:

Natural Vapor Rub Recipe #1


  • 1/2 c. Coconut Oil (Use at room temperature, in its liquid state for mixing. I use unrefined organic oil, but if you have refined on hand, don't go out and buy more just for this formulation. Use what you have.)
  • 10-15 drops peppermint, lavender, or rosemary essential oil. [Peppermint Oil is not for children under the age of 6]
  • 5-10 drops eucalyptus essential oil


Melt the coconut oil in its liquid state. Coconut oil melts at 76-78°F. Then add the essential oils of choice. Lastly, blend and let harden in the fridge. It usually takes 45 minutes to an hour to set.


Keep out of the eye area, especially when using essential oils like peppermint. Peppermint does have a cooling sensation at first but then burns.

Apply to the chest and neck area. I don't recommend applying it to the face.

Please wash your hands after using or mixing essential oils.

If your room temperature is 76°F or less, it should stay in a solid state.

{Source: Naturally Paula}

Natural Vapor Rub Recipe #2

This recipe is suitable for anyone aged three and above. (both children and adults)


  • 4 tsp. Beeswax
  • 3 Tbs. Mango, Shea, or Cocoa Butter
  • 7 Tbs. Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 60 drops essential oils (See below for a complete list of options)


Melt beeswax, cocoa, shea, or mango butter of choice. The best method is to use a double-boiler, or a pot over another pot of water and melt it, but you can also use the microwave. Then, after the wax and butter melt, turn off the burner and add the remaining ingredients. Lastly, pour into any glass vessel with a lid. This recipe generates six ounces or 3/4 cups and has a shelf life of up to 12 months.

Natural Vapor Rub Recipe #3

This recipe is suitable for children two and under:


  • 4 tsp. Hard Wax such as Beeswax
  • 3 Tbs. Any Butter
  • 7 Tbs. Coconut Oil
  • 30 drops essential oils

We suggest using eucalyptus smithii, lavender, tea tree, and chamomile for children over six months. Use only lavender and chamomile essential oils for babies under two months old.


Follow the same guidelines as stated above. Melt the wax and butter, then add any additional ingredients. Pour into a glass vessel.

{Source: Mommypotamus}

Soothe Congestion:

These essential oils are excellent for congestion:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Tea Tree
  • Peppermint
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Pine
  • Lavender
  • Clove
  • Marjoram
  • Chamomile
  • Lemon
  • Sweet Orange

There you have it!  I told you they were super simple to do, and most only take about 10-15 minutes from start to finish (if that)!

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Article Contributed by
Danielle Winters
Organic Natural Beauty Directory Founder
Thank you to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.org for this information.