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Homemade Vapour Rub


A few months ago, I made a homemade vapor rub.  For some reason, I didn’t blog about it right away.  Frankly, it was so easy that I think that’s the reason I forgot to share it with you all!

I had been planning on including it in the Gift Box of Goodies that I put together.  Alas, there simply wasn’t enough room in the box.  So, I ended up with two sinus-clearing tubs of vapour rub.  Darn.

Vapour Rub Packed with Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary

Vapour Rub Packed with Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary

Crunchy Betty via Lightly Crunchy

I found the recipe on Heidi’s blog, Lightly Crunchy.  If you’re ever looking for great information on how to live life in a sustainable way, check out her blog.  I’m sure that you’ll love it, just as I do.

Heidi had blogged about her homemade vapour rub that was made with a recipe from the Crunchy Betty site.  It looked pretty good, so I used the same exact one.

A Simple Recipe

Homemade Vapour Rub

  • 2 tsp beeswax (grated)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or experiment with an oil of your choice)
  • 35 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 15 drops rosemary essential oil

Melt the beeswax and olive oil together until smooth. I did this in a pot on the stove, on the lowest heat setting possible. Stir iy once in a while to make sure it mixes well.  I then took it off the heat and added in the essential oils.   Once everything was mixed, I poured this into two small containers and let it set, uncovered, overnight.  Store in a cool, dry place for up to  a year (or more).

Does it Work?

Oh yes, it certainly does!  The smell is quite strong, which is perfect in a vapour rub.  It’s both sweet and refreshing.  The large amount of peppermint has a great cooling effect.  (For more information about the cooling effects of peppermint essential oil, check out my Peppermint Schnuts post).

Essential Oils

Essential Oils

But, don’t take my word for it.

As it turns out, a friend of mine happens to use store-bought VapoRub every single night before bed.  It’s the only thing that works to keep his sinuses clear through the night.  I mentioned to him that I had made a homemade batch and he jumped at the opportunity to be a test subject.  He’s been using it for a couple of months now.  He reported back to me that it works just as good or better than the store-bought product.  He also said that it lasts longer.  While it took a week or so to get used to a slightly different smell, once he got over that, he was hooked!

I was so pleased to hear such a positive review.

This is one of the easiest things to make and it works.  Sounds perfect to me!

Homemade Vapour Rub

Homemade Vapour Rub

70 thoughts on “Homemade Vapour Rub

  1. We still use ours too – glad to point you to the Crunchy Betty recipe!

  2. Chris has been having lots of sinus and allergy issues, so he could really benefit from this with the way the seasons are changing here in the Carolinas. Plus it lasts for a year?! Score! Thanks for sharing your natural remedies, as always, Alia!

    • This sounds like a perfect home remedy for Chris. If nothing else, it will help clear his sinuses for short periods of time (hopefully, enough time to fall asleep at night!). If you try it, please let me know how it works out!

  3. Great recipe! I usually just stay close with anything peppermint when i need something to remedy anything involving the respiratory system 😀 Kumiko Mae, Filipina Beauty Blogger

  4. Great! I’ll try this with my mom haha

  5. Wooow!!! This is so creative and economical too 🙂 Thank you for sharing !!!

  6. Holy moly,this is awesome! I HATE using stuff from the drugstore because I’m really hippyish about drugs and medicines so I’ve saved this page and can’t wait to use it this winter (hopefully I won’t have to…but you know!).

    • I hear ya, Jake! It’s WAY better to use your own homemade remedies, when they are easy like this one! Hope you don’t need it this winter, but glad you bookmarked the page just in case!

  7. this is cool! didn’t kno u can make it at home.

  8. I wanna make this for my husband! He wwill be super excited 😀



  9. I LOVE your posts! This is really great, I definitely need to try this, such a great idea.

  10. in my country, eucalyptus is famous for a natural remedy when you have bloated stomach, stomachache, and stomach flu…with all kind of good oils you put in your ingredient, you might want to try your recipe also for something else like this…it might work (but better! with the additional goodies you put) 😀

  11. awesome! I didnt know it was this easy and cheap =) No need to buy em from drugstores anymore!

  12. I will definitely do it, my best friend always has this kind of issues and I´m sure it will help her a lot!.
    Thanks for teaching it to us!.
    Gime from

  13. Yay! I learn new tips today. Save my money to buy it retail.

  14. Will try this out next time I have a cough or something! Thanks!

  15. oh wow! great tutorial! i must try it especially since its so cold right now


  16. Your creativity never ends. Thanks for sharing this. I might need this soon!

  17. If not mistaken, peppermint helps with sleep too! 🙂 My friend has a bottle of peppermint essential oil that she takes a whiff of when she’s having trouble sleeping, and she said it made her nod off right after! 🙂

  18. Love this. It’s so cute you have all these tips and advice for us. Making natural masks and similar is the best way to feel you are doing something good for your body and sole. Have a great Saturday night.

    • Thank you! I definitely agree with making all natural skin care products. They work great and it’s a relief to know what we’re putting on our skin!

  19. How could you think something like this? hahah so creative ! 😀
    Thanks for the tips, will try it later 🙂

  20. When I was young, my mom always used vapor rub on me when I was sick. It really does help me feel better and breathe better whenever I have colds 🙂

  21. Aliaa .. Gurl !! I love going through all your DIYs .. more so coz they are natural and I know the ingredients that go into them!

    I’ve been pushing myself to atleast try one of them but couldn’t … I’ll surely try them soon 🙂 Great Going btw.. I love to read your blog 🙂

    xx Chaicy – Style..A Pastiche!

    • Aww!! Thanks! This is definitely a recipe to try…it’s one of the most straightforward that I have found. If you do it, I’d love to hear how it goes for you!

  22. Oh I wish I could try your amazing DIYs.. But beeswax is really difficult to get where I live.. This homemade vapour rub sounds so amazing.. although I don’t use vapour rub in general..

    • I really like this vapour rub. If you ever want to try it (maybe make it for a friend who would use it?), I’m sure that you could substitute another kind of wax (candellila wax of olive wax) for the beeswax. It might take some experimentation to get the right amount, but I’m sure that it’s doable!

  23. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll try that.

  24. Great tutorial!!! Toni xxx

  25. Great DIY! I def have to try this! Thank you!

  26. Sounds amazing! It is really great that it works. 🙂

  27. These are some amazing stuff! Thanks for sharing

  28. Great idea. Rub like this is a must have in house with kids.
    I didn’t even know that you can home make it…
    now I do… every day brings you some new knowledge

  29. Gotta say I actually don´t know how to use the content, never seen it before.

  30. alia, THANK YOU SO MUCH~~~~~~!!! i was just telling myhusbnd that i wanted a natural version of vicks!!! time to make a batch!!!

  31. if only i can found all of the ingredients, i would like to make some

  32. I love vapor rub! cant live without menthol smells!
    Dee Trillo

  33. wow, the only vapor rub that I’ve use is vicks.. thanks for sharing!

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