Make the Best Natural Essential Oil Vapor Rub

Edited by Nerissa Avisado, Eng, Anonymous

Essential oils are not really made of oil or oils. These are not made up of fatty acids that people normally associate with oils. Rather, natural essential oils are highly concentrated plant elements or substances that have medical and cosmetic benefits. There are also a lot of reasons why people use these oils for their health.

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One of the reasons why natural essential oils are used by a lot of people is because they are high in medicinal properties such as anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. Natural essential oils also smell so good, which makes them perfect ingredients to use for aromatherapy. These oils are also natural and safe. People make use of natural essential oils in a lot of ways, one of which is as a vapor rub.

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Vapor rubs are salves that can provide relief when there is nasal congestion and cough. It is also used as a balm to soften thick skin or as a liniment for body massage. These homemade vapour rubs use natural essential oils as the main ingredient. Homemade vapor rubs are better since the ones being sold in the market today tend to lack the good properties that essential oils offer.

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How to Make Basic Natural Essential Oil Vapor Rub

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To make a basic salve, you only need coconut oil, beeswax, eucalyptus essential oil, and white camphor essential oil. You may add other essential oils in this basic recipe depending on the scent you like and if you are avoiding certain oils that are better avoided because of certain medical conditions (refer to Tips and Warnings).

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Ingredients

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    2 parts coconut oil
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    1 part beeswax
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    Eucalyptus essential oil (about 10 drops per ounce)
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    White camphor essential oil (about 5 drops per ounce)
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Procedure

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    Making the blend.
    Start by melting beeswax with any of the preferred oils in a double boiler or pan. Decide which essential oil/s to use.
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    Diluting for safety.
    After that, add the essential oils. Make sure to dilute with safe carrier oil if the vapor rub is being especially made for a baby. Another way to dilute the vapour rub is by using only half the recommended amount of oils in this recipe.
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    Pack it in small tins.
    Stir the mixture and then pour it into a metal tins or some other containers. It is a good idea to use small containers so that they are easy to carry.
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    Finding the right consistency.
    Let it harden. It will take about 10-15 minutes for this to happen. If it is too soft like an ointment, put it back to the pan, re-melt it, and add more beeswax. If it is too hard, add more of the essential oil/s you used.
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    Relief when you need it.
    These vapor rubs are best used when there are respiratory problems such as nasal congestion and coughing.
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Modifying the Recipe

This is a basic essential oil vapour rub recipe that can be altered or modified to suit your personal need or preference. There are other recipes you can use. For instance, you can substitute ½ cup of olive or almond oil in the place of coconut oil. Here are a few popular recipes for you:

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    Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe #1:
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    1. 1/2 cup olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil.
    2. 2 tbsp. beeswax pastilles.
    3. 20 drops Peppermint Oil.
    4. 20 drops of Eucalyptus Oil.
    5. 10 drops Rosemary Oil.
    6. 10 drops cinnamon, or clove oil (optional)
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    Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe #2:
     
    1. 1/4 cup of Vitamin E Oil
    2. 10-15 Menthol Essential Oil.
    3. 5-10 Tea Tree Oil
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    Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe #3 (For Babies):
    Use only chamomile and lavender for babies under 2 months. Introduce eucalyptus of the smithii variety after 2 months and tea tree oil after 6 months.  
    1. 2 tablespoons shea, cocoa or mango butter.
    2. 8 tbsp. coconut oil.
    3. 60 drops high quality, therapeutic grade essential oil
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    Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe #4 (for nose, cheekbones and temples):
     
    1. 20 drops lemon.
    2. 20 drops rosemary.
    3. 20 drops eucalyptus.
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    Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe #5 (For kids under 2):
     
    1. 4 tsp.beeswax or grass fed beef tallow.
    2. 8 tbsps. coconut oil.
    3. 30 drops high quality, therapeutic grade essential oil.
    4. 2 tbsps. shea, cocoa or mango butter.
    5. 10 drops eucalyptus (smithii variety).
    6. 10 drops tea tree.
    7. 5 drops chamomile.
    8. 5 drops lavender.
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    Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe #6 (For a chest/ and foot rub):
    Use any of the following blends:  
    1. 20 drops eucalyptus, 10 drops lavender, 10 drops tea tree, 10 drops rosemary, 10 drops lemon
    2. 20 drops each lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus
    3. 20 drops each peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus
    4. 20 drops peppermint, 20 drops eucalyptus, 10 drops pine needle, and 10 drops basil
    5. 15 drops each rosemary, tea tree, lavender, and eucalyptus
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    Determine your recipe by knowing what works for you.
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Tips and Warnings

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    Sensitivity.
    It is important to always remember that babies and children are fragile. Despite the fact that the vapour rub is all natural, they can still be irritated by the concentration. Hence, make sure to dilute the concentration when using the essential oil-based vapour rub.
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    Flushing with water.
    If the essential oil gets in direct contact with the eyes, flush immediately with cold milk or veggie oil to dilute. If it still stings after that, consult a doctor.
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    Safety for pregnant women.
    There are also certain natural essential oils that must be avoided by pregnant women and these include: Basil, Clary, Hyssop, Jasmine, Cedarwood, Coriander, Oregano, Peppermint, Myrrh, Oregano, Juniper, Marjoram, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and Rockrose.
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    What to avoid for hypoglycemic and hypertensive patients.
    For people who have low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, avoid Geranium. For people who have high blood pressure, they need to avoid Pine, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.
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    When you have seizure disorder.
    It is best to avoid Basil, Rosemary, Sage, Fennel, Hyssop if you manifest seizure problems.
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    Renal problems.
    Essential oils from Juniper, Sandalwood and Coriander are best used with caution if you have renal conditions.
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    Photosensitive oils.
    It is best to avoid the following oils that can cause severe sun damage if you cannot avoid getting excessively exposed to sunlight: Tangerine, Orange, Bergamot, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Virginia Cedarwood, Cumin, Mandarine, Lemon, Angelica, Caraway, Grapefruit, Honeysuckle absolute, Laurel Leaf Abs., Lime and Rue(very strong), Patchouli (mild), Dill weed, Verbena (moderate), and Petitgrain (very mild.)
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    What to avoid at all cost.
    Do not include European and Asian Calamus , and Sassafras because these are carcinogenic oils. These are mostly banned for use in toiletries cosmetics in all of Europe.
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Questions and Answers

Homemade vapor rub rosemary eucalyptus tea tree lemon lavender peppermint camphor?

You can use this recipe to create your own vapor rub:

You will need the following:

  • 4 tsp of grated beeswax
  • 3 tbsp of cocoa, Shea or mango butter
  • 7 tablespoons coconut oil
  • drops of high quality oils

10 drops rosemary

20 drops eucalyptus

10 drops tea tree

10 drops lemon

15 lavender

20 peppermint

10 camphor

Procedure:

  • Melt beeswax and Shea/cocoa/mango butter in a boiler
  • once it is melted. turn off the heat
  • add coconut oil and other oils
  • pour in clean glass jar with a tight lid
  • store at room temperature

This home mad vapor rub can last a year.

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