All Natural Vicks Vapo Rub Recipe Gardentherapy.ca

All Natural Vick’s Vapo Rub Recipe

Ugh, it’s cold a flu season. And a rotten cold is why I haven’t been around as much. I suppose it’s not a terrible time of year to snuggle in a watch about 20 movies (give or take) but when you are hit hard and need a little relief from chest pain and cough there is nothing like camphor and menthol, otherwise known as the active ingredients in Vick’s Vapo Rub.

All Natural Vicks Vapo Rub Recipe gardentherapy.ca Always one to make the most natural of just about anything (check out the Natural Skincare Series for more natural recipes), I thought that making my own might be just what the doctor ordered. If you would like to make a nice natural version of the stuff, here is the recipe. This makes 3 x 4 oz tins.

Ingredients

All Natural Vicks Vapor Rub recipe gardentherapy.ca

Directions:

Melt the oils and wax over a double boiler. Stir in essential oils. Pour into metal tins and let set. Re-melt to add more essential oils if you want it a bit stronger.

To Use:

Rub All Natural Vick’s Vapo Rub on your chest to help sooth congestion and cough. Rub under nose for stuffy nose and sore skin from scratchy tissues. Have someone rub some on your feet just because it feels good to get a foot rub when you have a rotten cold.

 



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About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. Pamela Sweet
    Pamela SweetJanuary 19,13

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I use essential oils all the time and they really work. I order mine online from Young Living Essential Oils.
    Yours in art,
    Pamela

  2. Deborah
    DeborahJanuary 20,13

    Thanks for sharing the recipe and all the others that I have seen on your blog page. I have a quick question ~ When the recipe calls for coconut oil, is the measurement in the semi-solid state or after it is liquidfied? I’m never sure

  3. Stevie
    StevieJanuary 20,13

    Hi Deborah, you are very welcome!

    I measured it for this recipe in the solid state but really packed it into the measuring cup.

  4. Sheila @sZinteriors
    Sheila @sZinteriorsJanuary 22,13

    This is fantastic! My daughter is suffering a bad cold right now, and we just bought the ‘other’ kind :-(
    I would love to give the all natural rub a try! Do you know how long it lasts shelf-life wise?
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Cerena walker
    Cerena walkerJanuary 26,13

    How long does this last for?

  6. Stevie
    StevieJanuary 26,13

    Hi Cerena, I can’t be 100% sure, but since coconut oil is antifungal and antibacterial as is the lavender and rosemary oils, it should preserve the rub for a while. I would say that if you keep it in a fairly cool and dark place, perhaps 6 months to a year. I would just keep a eye (and nose) out for any strange colour changes or odours. If you notice anything that doesn’t look or smell right, throw it away and make another batch. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Jen
    JenJanuary 26,13

    Ahhh this is perfect for flu season! I’m so excited to make this!

  8. Denise
    DeniseJanuary 26,13

    Rub some on the bottom of your feet when you have a cough, I swear it calms a cough! Tried & true! My 11 year old will ask for it to be able to go back to sleep on nights she has a cough. W*O*R*K*S!!!!

  9. Cybele
    CybeleJanuary 27,13

    What a wonderful idea. I am going to try this one. Thank you for sharing x

  10. Shane
    ShaneJanuary 29,13

    lavender is a super disinfectant…should last at least a year. BTW lavender, red clover, and chamomile make a great restful tea that can assist in curing infections and also will make you sleep. Be carefu drinking this then driving though.

  11. Allison
    AllisonJanuary 29,13

    Is there something to use in place of the lavender? I’m highly allergic to it but want to try to make my husband his own “Vicks” because he uses the stuff religiously.

  12. Stevie
    StevieJanuary 29,13

    Allison, just leave the lavender out. It will not change it’s effectiveness.

  13. Allison
    AllisonJanuary 30,13

    Sweet. Thank you!

  14. Willem
    WillemJanuary 31,13

    This is something I never thought I would be making myself, but I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.

  15. Leslie
    LeslieMarch 9,13

    Are the rosemary & camphor oils necessary?

  16. Stevie
    StevieMarch 9,13

    Hi Leslie, rosemary – no, but the camphor is the active ingredient in Vapo Rub.

  17. Karen Jones
    Karen JonesApril 18,13

    hello there
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe. Please tell me, is it safe to be used when pregnant?

  18. Stevie
    StevieApril 18,13

    Hi Karen, I have read that there are certain essential oils to stay away from while pregnant such as camphor and eucalyptus. I’m not sure what the reasons are so I would talk to one of your practitioners about it. While I can’t speak to it’s safety for you, I made these up while pregnant myself and had no issues.

  19. Karen Jones
    Karen JonesApril 19,13

    Thanks very much for your advice Stevie.

  20. Joanie
    JoanieMay 25,13

    Can you please tell me where I would find the tins for this or what is an alternative. Thanks

  21. Vicky
    VickyJune 5,13

    I love this idea!! If any one need some of the best Essential Oils on the market contact me or go to Doterra.com….. THESE OILS ARE AMAZING!!! ..VERY LOW SHIPPING IF YOU CONTACT ME vbeckstead@msn.com Enjoy

  22. Tiffany
    TiffanyJune 25,13

    Is this safe for toddlers/infants?

  23. Stephanie
    StephanieJune 25,13

    Hi Tiffany, The ingredients in this rub are more natural versions of what is in the commercial one. The commercial one has camphor and so does this, but the store bought version has been tested and this is an untested home recipe. The oils and waxes are quite safe on anyone, but it would be best to check with you health care provider as with the use of all essential oils. Essential oils can be powerful and it’s hard to know how any one person will react. I hope this helps!

  24. Stephanie
    StephanieJune 25,13

    Hi Joanie, I found some 4 oz tins here http://amzn.to/1aKFo48

  25. Jenni
    JenniJuly 7,13

    What other oil would work with this? I’m allergic to olives.

  26. Geraldine Valles
    Geraldine VallesJuly 10,13

    Where can i purchase all these Oils at. Would you get them at Body and Bath in stores like that or Walmart ..

  27. Pegg
    PeggOctober 6,13

    The recipe calls for “mint” essential oil. What kind of mint? I’m guessing peppermint but want to be sure. Thanks

  28. Stephanie
    StephanieOctober 7,13

    Pegg, choose what you love. Peppermint is fine, so is spearmint. I use a mint medley that is a combination of both.

  29. Yvonne
    YvonneNovember 5,13

    I have a question – I’m highly allergic to anything MINT! Is there anything else I can use in place of this oil? I’m also wondering where is the best place to purchase these oils if you can’t do it online? I live in Minneapolis, MN and am willing to go to a brick and mortar store if there is any close to me.
    Thanks.

  30. Stephanie
    StephanieNovember 6,13

    Hi Yvonne, leave out the mint then for sure. It should work just fine without it. I will add some links to where you can buy the oils online as well. Just click the essential oil names above to find them.

  31. Tracey
    TraceyNovember 25,13

    This is pretty awesome! As an avid vicks vapo rub user I love this all natural alternative. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  32. Stephanie
    StephanieNovember 25,13

    Yes, me too Tracey!

  33. Alex
    AlexNovember 28,13

    What a great idea! Excuse me I have to Pin this ASAP

  34. Kayre
    KayreNovember 30,13

    Thanks for sharing…I’m a Vicks girl!

  35. Collin Reddington
    Collin ReddingtonDecember 1,13

    Is there a vegan alternative to beeswax that I could use? It seems like an important ingredient so I wasn’t sure if just leaving it out was an option.

  36. Stephanie
    StephanieDecember 1,13

    Hi Collin, yes, you can try Candelilla Wax http://amzn.to/1bbFWwu

  37. Kristen m.
    Kristen m.December 8,13

    How young would you recommend this dilution to be safe for?

  38. Stephanie
    StephanieDecember 9,13

    Hi Kristen, please have a look at my response to Tiffany above. I just can’t say how any person or child would react to essential oils, but as I explained there, this has the same active ingredient at Vick’s, but more natural alternatives to the other ingredients.

  39. Julie
    JulieDecember 16,13

    I was wondering if there is an alternative to coconut oil because my daughter is highly allergic to coconuts

  40. Valorie
    ValorieDecember 16,13

    I’m wondering how long it will keep. Without going rancid?

  41. Nihan
    NihanDecember 17,13

    Can I use it my 6 months old baby? Do you have any idea?

  42. Stephanie
    StephanieDecember 17,13

    Hi Nihan, I’ve mentioned in the comments a few times that I can’t recommend the use of essential oils for any particular child as I have no idea what they might react to, but this recipe is a more natural version of the one sold in stores which is intended to be used on children. This recipe is my homemade version and not tested in a lab so proceed with that in mind. I would suggest that you discuss it with your health care provider to be safe.

  43. Samantha Rossi
    Samantha RossiDecember 24,13

    I made this a few weeks ago and since I couldn’t find camphor at my local health store, I substituted tea tree oil. I rub my daughter’s feet with this almost every night before bed, then put socks on her. The nights I do this, she sleeps well and doesn’t wake up coughing (she is waiting to see an ENT to get ear tubes due to bad drainage – coughs frequently when laying down). If I forget to do this, she wakes up coughing. This is a life saver for us. For us, we don’t even miss the camphor :)

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