Home Remedy Recipes: How To Make Natural Vapor Rub

Home Remedy Recipes: How To Make Natural Vapor Rub

Ashley Poskin
Dec 1, 2014
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Every winter I try to seek out the best remedies for congestion specifically, because it's the ailment that seems to haunt our family throughout the entire season. This year I decided to give the over-the-counter cold medicines and treatments a rest and try the all-natural route and am very pleased with what I've found so far.

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If you don't already have the assortment of essential oils and coconut oil on hand, this recipe can be a little pricey. If you are the least bit interested in essential oils I highly recommend investing in these particular oils because they can all be used for other home remedies as well as aromatherapy treatments.

What You Need


  • 30-35 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 12 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 12 drops lavender essential oil
  • 12 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5 TB coconut oil
  • 2 TB cocoa butter
  • 1 1/2 TB beeswax


  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Glass jar with a lid
  • Measuring spoons


1. In a saucepan (I used my stockpot!) on low heat, melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter. Once melted, add the beeswax.

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2. Once the beeswax has melted, remove the pan from heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes so the heat won't spoil the essential oils.

3. Add in all the essential oils.

4. Pour the mixture into your glass and let it set up for 15-20 minutes. It might be a bit softer than what you are used to, so proceed with caution. And remember - a little goes a long way! Makes one 4 ounce jar.

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