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 together yourself in small batches. It provides that same warm and comforting experience from your childhood with with beneficial ingredients including essential oils that are both antibacterial and antiviral.
About the oils
It is important to use very low heat when melting your carrier oils. You want to melt the solids (beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter) but you do not want them to get too hot. Heat will destroy some of the goodness in the 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 really works!
Sooth Sore Muscles
When I’ve been working in the garden all day and my body aches I use this same recipe as 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 with a sauce pan and heat proof bowl.
Heat water in a medium saucepan.
In a heatproof glass bowl (or double boiler) add the coconut oil and shea butter. Place bowl in the saucepan of water.
Melt oils over VERY low heat, stirring to combine.
Add the beeswax to the melted mixture and melt. Stir or whisk mixture until combined.
Let oils cool to room temperature and then add your essential oils.
Whisk well to combine.
Pour the mixture into your storage jar and let solidify.
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).