Homemade Vapor Rub

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  1. J. Hartzell says:

    Can one use grapeseed or another oil instead of the olive oil?

  2. Heather says:

    I see above that the bees wax is linked to an item on Amazon. I have read reviews everywhere about the bees wax smelling of smoke. I searched all over and found that this is the norm. So my questions are, where exactly do you personally buy beeswax and is it possible to find it without the smoky smell? And, if that is something to be expected, is there a way at all to get rid of it?

    Thanks so much!

  3. Heather says:

    To clarify my “searched all over” comment above, I mean that when also shopping in store, i find it does smell smokey.

  4. Butterfly Girl says:

    Greetings Dr Axe

    Is there a good substitute for coconut oil? I simply don’t like the arouma as it makes me feel nauseous . Any ideas ?

  5. Julie says:

    Is this ok to use as a daily moisturizer? Will the peppermint or eucalyptus be drying to the skin? I love the idea of such a soothing refreshing body lotion. I currently make my own with Shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil but I never add essential oils.

  6. Jean says:

    Do you melt the Bees wax with the coconut and olive oils?

  7. valerie says:

    can you tell me how long this vapour rub will keep please
    thank you

  8. Ann-Marie says:

    Dr. Axe, it says on the last step, “Pour mixture into metal tins or storage containers and allow to set.” Can you not just keep it in the glass jar to set? Or do you let it set in the other containers then scoop it into the glass jar?

  9. karen grasso says:

    Do you use this anywhere on the body? Feet, chest ect.?

  10. Eve Wiseman says:

    Do you have an anti inflamatory diet?

  11. Deb Hockibf says:

    Should this be stored I the fridge or room temp? Will it last longer in the fridge?

  12. Bri Sherman says:

    How long is the shelf life for this??

    • I can’t say exactly but I do know that the shelf life of each of the ingredients individually is for a very long time and none of them require any kind of refrigeration or upkeep!

      • Paula says:

        In an answer to another question you say this should last 2-4 weeks. Here you say for a very long time. Since a breathing rub isn’t necessary for me, I would want this to last. Thanks

  13. elena says:

    Just made it…….. Smell Soooooo gooood!!!!! Easy to make and ingredients are not that expansive ……

  14. rhonda says:

    Just remember not to put peppermint on children under 3. It can cause throat spasms and their airway to close. You could use different essential oils for young children. Niaoli and rosemary and Melaleuca arternfolia.

    • Rita says:

      doTERRA oils are safe for children when diluted properly. Synthetic oils are very problematic when used on children, and for oils bought OTC or from most online retailers, you have no idea whether or not the oils being sold are real, natural oils without adulterants. doTERRA tests all its oils, and guarantees them to be pure, natural plant oils of stated species.
      Peppermint is a strong oil, and should be diluted even when used by adults. The best carrier oil is one that is as pure as the EO it’s used with. Pure organic olive oil or coconut oil are both good choices, although the coconut oil is much less likely to go rancid.

      • Brooke says:

        Rhona is right. Even with pure, unaltered oils, the natural chemical make up of peppermint and eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3, especially on their throat or around the mouth as it can possibly trigger a reflex that can slow their breathing. There are safer options to use: pine, balsam fir, blue spruce, cedarwood that are safe with kids. I encourage you to do your research, Rita, be educated on safe usage.

  15. Anita says:

    Remedy for dry cracked feet, may use essential oils.
    Thank you from my husband in advance.

    • Try mixing shea butter and coconut oil with frankincense and geranium and put a thick layer over your feet each night before bed. Put socks on right after and sleep with them on.

  16. [email protected] says:

    Dr. Axe would this rub be safe for my dad who has COPD or would he be better off with the milder recipes for children

  17. Jessica says:

    Dr Axe, do you know if there is a local supplier that carries a comparable grade beeswax? I am north of Nashville and don’t mind a drive within a couple hours.

  18. Dianne B says:

    I’m allergic to tree nuts, hence no Coconut oil for me. What can I substitute?

  19. Jo says:

    For a chest rub, I use just coconut oil and eucalyptus EO. The eucalyptus pretty much overpowers the smell of coconut oil. I’d add a little beeswax if I was traveling with it to make sure it didn’t melt. Eucalyptus could be added to plain, or plantain, or pine needle infused olive oil for a chest rub too. I use 1 tablespoon melted beeswax/4 oz. olive oil. Plantain & pine needle infused oil works as a decongestant on its own too. So many options!

  20. Jeannette says:

    I absolutely love your recipes! Where do you purchase your essential oils? The oils I use are 100% pure therapeutic grade, which means they are not diluted in any way. Would I need as many drops of oils in your recipes?

  21. Marie says:

    can this be used in a candle warmer? If so, should the ingredients be adjusted?

  22. Linda Johnson says:

    Bees wax may smell like smoke, because of the process of extracting the honey/wax, from the hive. They smoke the hive, to get the bees to leave, then extract the honey. It’s the easiest process, to rob, the hive.

  23. Dee says:

    I am interested in links for the purchase of the pure essential oils. DoTerra is far too expensive, I cannot afford their oils no matter the purity. Tropical Traditions was mentioned, who are very reasonable; there must be others. Help.

    A page with links would be a wonderful addition to your site, Dr. Axe.