Vapor rubs are typically used on the chest, back and throat to help with symptoms of a common cold or minor aches and pains of the muscles and joints. Of course, you can purchase vapor rubs in stores, but these products contain toxic ingredients — such as camphor — that are harmful to your health.
According to Dr. Bruce Rubin from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, an over-the-counter vapor rub “may make people with congestion feel more comfortable, but it does nothing to increase airflow or actually relieve the congestion.” In fact, research performed on ferrets found that an over-the-counter vapor rub increased mucus and decreased mucus clearance. (1) This means that these topical treatments may not only ignore the source of the problem, but they may actually make symptoms worse.
So why do people feel better after using these creams? It’s menthol. The strong menthol odor tricks the brain into feeling like your nasal passages are unclogged. (2)
Luckily, this homemade vapor rub recipe really works and is completely natural! You can feel confident in what you are putting on your body. You only need five simple ingredients: olive oil, coconut oil, grated beeswax, peppermint essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil and then a container to store the mixture in.
The essential oils deliver a soothing feeling while giving off an aroma that helps to open up the respiratory system and help improve the ease of breathing.
In fact, the peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils pack this rub with a number of benefits. Peppermint essential oil is used for muscle pain relief, sinus care, fever reducing, headache help, nausea relief and so much more. Eucalyptus essential oil functions as an expectorant, helping to cleanse the body of toxins, making it great for relieving symptoms of the cold and flu. It has also proven helpful with sinus and respiratory problems.
Try this homemade vapor rub today. Simply pour the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax into a glass jar. To save containers, choose a jar you can store your homemade vapor rub in later. Fill a saucepan with two inches of water and place over medium-low heat.
Then, set the jar in the saucepan and wait for the oils to melt. Stir to combine. Once you mix all of the ingredients together, allow to cool and add in the essential oils.
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Homemade Vapor Rub
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup grated bees wax
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil
- 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- Glass jar
- Pour the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax into a jar.
- Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water over medium low heat.
- Place jar in saucepan and allow oils to melt. Stir to combine.
- Once combined, allow to cool slightly and add in essential oils.
- Pour mixture into metal tins or storage containers and allow to set.