Homemade Vapo Rub

One of the most popular posts on this blog is about making vapo rub. In that post I explain how to make a quick chest rub with olive oil and essential oils. It’s a great method to use because it doesn’t require much preparation and can be made in less than a minute.

However, sometimes it’s nice to have something already made for when the need arises. Plus, it’s always fun to make stuff with beeswax (at least, that’s what I think!). So, with that in mind, the following vapo rub is something you can make and store for up to a year.

Although this homemade vapo rub requires a little more effort than the quick version, it is still easy to make and takes very little time.

The recipe includes dried herbs to add some extra healing power, but they can be left out if needed.

Homemade Vapo Rub

This recipe is adapted from one found in The Rhythm of Family

You will need:

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 ounce dried plantain leaves or dried mullein (optional)
1/4 ounce beeswax
1/8 teaspoon vitamin E oil
15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
6 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
4 ounce jar (needs to hold 1/2 cup)

Method:

Place dried herbs and oil into a small saucepan and warm over a very low heat for about 20 minutes.

Allow to cool briefly.

Place some cheesecloth or a coffee filter over a jar and affix with a rubber band. Pour the herb/oil mixture through the cheesecloth to strain out the herbs. Squeeze the excess oil out of the cheesecloth before disposing of herbs.

Pour the herb infused oil back into the saucepan and add the beeswax. Rewarm until the beeswax has melted.


I like to use the beeswax pastilles from Mountain Rose Herbs because they are so easy to measure.
Note:
If you are not use the herbs at all, then this is the first step: Combine the oil and beeswax. and warm until beeswax has melted).

Cool slightly and add the essential oils. Stir to distribute evenly.

Pour into a clean jar and allow to cool.

Once completely cool, add the lid and label. This homemade vapo rub can be kept for one year at room temperature.

Rub on chest and back to help relieve congestion.

Does that look easy? It really is! I hope you’ll try it. No more petroleum based, store-bought chest rubs for you!

I buy most of my supplies from Mountain Rose Herbs:

Comments

  1. This looks like a good recipe for vapo rub. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/12/7-recipes-and-wednesdays-adorned-from.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  2. Its a lot of fun making your own drugs at home. I never imagined I would ever be preparing vaporub.

  3. What kind of eucalyptus do you use?

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