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This natural DIY Vicks Vapor Rub opens up airways and alleviates respiratory congestion. Keep it on hand in the first aid cabinet to help combat cold weather viruses this year.

While September is associated with weather cooling down, everything cozy, and a season of change, it also comes with runny noses, coughs, and other annoying ailments.

Every year during Labor Day weekend, I go through the inventory in my home medicine cabinet to see what I need to stock up on for the fall. 

This vapor rub is always on my list right next to a fresh batch of elderberry syrup.

All natural, safe ingredients – no petrolatum

Vicks Vapor Rub is made with petrolatum.

Petrolatum is classified as a carcinogen in the European Union and heavily restricts the addition of petrolatum in cosmetics.

Anything that makes a carcinogen list is not welcome to be used in my house on a child’s skin.

Whenever possible, I try to stick with natural ingredients that I confidently feel are safe.

How to Use Natural DIY Vick’s Vapor Rub

Take a small amount of vapor rub on your finger tip. Massage into the skin using a circular motion.

Common application zones are the chest, down the spine, and bottoms of the feet.

This remedy is not for internal use or to be applied near the face and eyes.

We specifically use the chest rub at night before bed to improve breathing and alleviate congestion. If the cold is really bad, I’ll reapply it throughout the day, as needed.

Are essential oils safe for children?

There is some controversy surrounding the use of some essential oils around children and babies. 

I get my essential oil safety data from Essential Oil Safety by Tisserand and Young.

It’s the most comprehensive compilation of safety data published to date on the use of essential oils in every application.

I am not a doctor so I will only speak to what I do here at the farmhouse. 

When properly diluted, I use rosemary, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils on my child when applied externally to the skin.

Essential Oils Used in This Recipe

Peppermint essential oil: cough suppressant, decongestant, improves breathing by relaxing bronchial spasms that cause coughing.

Rosemary essential oil: reduces mucus build up, anti-inflammatory.

Eucalyptus essential oil: cough suppressant, anti-inflammatory, opens up the airways.

Natural DIY Vicks Vapor Rub Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
  • 12 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 12 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 12 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Supplies you may need

  • Storage containers (glass or PET plastic)
  • Double boiler
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing spoon

How to Make a Natural DIY Vicks Vapor Rub

  1. Melt coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler or glass jar.
  2. Once liquified, add beeswax. Stir frequently to assist with melting.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in essential oils.
  5. Pour into storage containers and allow to cool.
  6. Store at room temperature for 4 months or the refrigerator for up to one year.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is imperative that you do your own research regarding what is best for your child and your family. All content on is intended for educational use only and not as medical advice.

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