Have you been looking for a natural remedy for soothing congestion, stuffy noses, and other ailments? A replacement for that petroleum-based salve that you mom lovingly slathered on your chest when you were a child?
This natural homemade vaporub ointment is a quick and easy remedy that you can mix up in small batches. It provides that same warm and comforting experience from your childhood with beneficial ingredients including essential oils that are both antibacterial and antiviral.
About the oils
I recommend that you use low heat when melting your carrier oils. You want to dissolve the solids (beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter) but you do not want them to get overly hot. Heat will destroy some of the goodness in natural oils.
Other Uses For Your Homemade VapoRub Ointment
The Sock Trick
A friend once told me about her grandmas trick for soothing colds. Slather the vaporub all over your feet and then put on a thick pair of socks. You’ll cough less and sleep better. It works!
Sooth Sore Muscles
When I’ve been working in the garden all day, and my body aches I use this same recipe to make myself a muscle rub. To get the best benefits, have a nice hot shower and then massage this balm into your sore muscles. It’s even better if you can get someone to do it for you! 🙂
- 2 Tbsp Shea Butter
- 4Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbsp Hemp Seed Oil *
- 1.5 Tbps Bees Wax
- 6 drops Vitamin E Oil
- 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 15 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 15 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Use a double boiler or fashion your own using a medium sized saucepan and heatproof bowl.
Heat water in your double boiler (or a medium saucepan)
In the top of your double boiler (or In a heatproof glass bowl) add the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax. Melt oils and wax over VERY low heat, stirring to combine.
Once the oils have melted remove from heat.
Add the essential oils, stir well to combine.
Pour the mixture into storage jars and let solidify before affixing the lids.
If you don't like the green hue of this lotion simply replace the hemp oil with another type of oil (olive, sweet almond, jojoba etc).