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Last Updated on June 6, 2024 by Kiersten James

This homemade DIY Vicks Vapor Rub for kids opens the airways and alleviates respiratory congestion. Great for combating seasonal colds and allergies!

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 issues.

Every year during Labor Day weekend, I go through the entire inventory in my home medicine storage to see what I need to stock up on for upcoming school season. 

This vapor rub is always on my list right next to a fresh batch of elderberry syrup, fermented garlic honey, and cough syrup.

All natural, safe ingredients – no petrolatum

Vicks Vapor Rub brand name products are made with petrolatum.

Petrolatum is classified as a carcinogen in the European Union and the EU 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. There is always a happy medium and middle ground, but commercial Vicks ain’t it.

How to Use Homemade 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 about an hour 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 kids?

There is some controversy surrounding the use of some essential oils around kids 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, I’m an RN, and I will only speak as a mother to what I personally do here at the farmhouse with my own children. This post is for educational purposes only. 

When properly diluted, I use rosemary, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils on my children 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.

Homemade 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 Homemade Vicks Vapor Rub for Kids

  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. When cooled to room temperature, 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.

More Home Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Elderberry Syrup Recipe for Toddlers

Easy Fermented Garlic Honey Recipe (Uses & Benefits)

Homemade Amish Cough Syrup Recipe (Kids & Adults)

Farmhouse Beef Barley Soup Recipe

Homemade Vicks Vapor Rub for Kids

Homemade Vicks Vapor Rub for Kids

Yield: 2oz jar

This homemade DIY Vicks Vapor Rub for kids opens the airways and alleviates respiratory congestion. Great for combating seasonal colds and allergies.

Materials

  • 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

Tools

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

Instructions

  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. When cooled to room temperature, 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.

Notes

To use: 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.

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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 www.naturalhomeapothecary.com is intended for educational use only and not as medical advice.

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