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Make your own vapor rub!

It seems that lately more and more products are full of synthetic, man-made, chemical-filled materials. It’s hard to treat your body with respect and avoid unnatural products when everything that is harmful to you is a LOT cheaper. Not to mention, easier to get your hands on.

During this time of year moisturizers are a must and tissues are a necessity. It isn’t hard to find organic versions of  those products, but what about vapor rub? Until recently, I never even thought of using an alternative to the classic “Vick’s”. Then, I discovered the ingredients within that tiny tub of medicinal jelly. The main one that stuck out to me was petroleum. PETROLEUM! That was probably the most disgusting discovery I have ever made.

It’s a known fact that the skin absorbs what you put on it, so think about the effects of petroleum going directly into your sinus passages… Ewww.

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After my depressing realization, I decided that it would probably be best if I no longer used my beloved Vick’s. I went on an internet search to find a natural recipe for vapor rub. After a lot of searching, I found alternatives!  With about a dozen different recipes to choose from, I settled on the one I thought would do best, and it worked splendidly. In spite of the nasty congestion I’d been battling, I was finally able to speak without making a “duh” sound after everything!

Over time, with a bit of tweaking I’ve found that the following recipe is just what I need to open those stuffy nasal passages.


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2 Tablespoons of organic beeswax pastilles

1/2 Cup of organic coconut oil

3 -5 drops of tea tree essential oil

5 – 10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil

5 – 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil

Teaspoon of almond oil (optional)



1.Put coconut oil and of beeswax pastilles into a small pot. Place the pot on the stove and turn the heat onto one of your lowest settings. (The lower the temperature the better. If the oil gets too hot it loses a lot of its benefits!)

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2.While the wax and oil are melting, put the essential oils in the 4 oz. jar. The tea tree oil is an antiseptic, anti-fungal, a natural cleaner, helps with breathing problems, and many other things. The eucalyptus and peppermint oils  are very strong and both have amazing benefits, such as stress relief and sinus pressure relief, but a little bit goes a long way. I would advise you not to overload on these.

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3. If using, add a teaspoon of almond oil into the jar. Almond oil is great at moisturizing skin, but it does not play a major role in this recipe.

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4. When the oil and wax are fully melted, take the pot off of the stove for a moment to let the ingredients cool a little. (Don’t worry, they won’t solidify that quickly.) I recommend leaving it to cool for about 45 seconds.


5. Once the ingredients have cooled, pour the mixture into the jar with the essential oils. (Be careful and watch how much is in the jar because this mixture is a pain to clean up due to the oils.).

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6. Let the mixture cool with the lid off for a while. You may even want to put it in the fridge for a bit. Just don’t get curious like I did and turn it upside down once the top has cooled because more than likely there will still be a large amount of liquid under that tiny layer of solid…

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After it cools, it’s ready to go! No petroleum and no harmful ingredients. You can enjoy breathing again!

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We’ve provided links to all the ingredients from Amazon, but you should also be able to find them easily at your local health food store.

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Do you have any other better-for-you, all-natural recipes to share in the comments? We’d love to hear what you use to keep the fall and winter sniffles away! 

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Trista Porter

Trista Porter

Trista is currently attending a local university. She is majoring in business administration and English. Not one to sit on the sidelines and watch life pass her by, she has recently started her own business featuring health-friendly and earth-friendly products. She also co-owns a photography business with her boyfriend fiancée. Her dreams are to be a successful writer, businesswoman, wife, and to spread the love of God. Learn more about Trista by visiting her at The Earthly Ones or ReiDesigns.
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7 Responses to Make your own vapor rub!

  1. Cathy January 16, 2015 at 9:17 pm #

    I love vicks vapor rub and I would love to to make my own! This is great! Saying hello from the Saturday Soiree!

  2. Treena Rinaldi January 5, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Beeswax is flammable. Better use a double boiler to melt your ingedients

    • Trista January 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

      Thanks for the warning! I’ve never had any trouble with beeswax in my experiences but I’ll make sure to be careful with it.

  3. Christiine January 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe, Trista!

    • Trista January 3, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

      You are certainly welcome! 🙂 I hope it works well for you when you try it!

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