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Homemade Vapor Rub with Essential Oils

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 oz 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Ditch the nasty chemicals and make your own vapor chest rub to soothe and help ease congestion. Made with top quality essential oils, coconut oil, and shea butter.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter, unscented (optional)
  • 1012 drops Eucalyptus Oil (for ages 3+, use only 3 drops for children)
  • 1012 drops Peppermint Oil (for ages 3+, use only 3 drops for children)
  • 4 drops Rosemary Oil (for use in ages 10+)
  • 4 drops Cinnamon Oil (when making to use for children, use cinnamon leaf instead)


  1. In a double boiler, gently melt coconut oil and shea butter. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  2. Stir in the essential oils. Pour into a clean container with tight-fitting lid. Allow to solidify and cool completely before using.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place for up to six months. To use rub a small amount between the palms to soften and apply to the chest as needed.



  • The oils should be used in smaller amounts for greater dilution, and some should be completely omitted in favor of other oils.
  • Eucalyptus and peppermint oils should only be used in ages 3+ and in very small amounts.
  • If making for children, just use Peppermint and Eucalyptus essential oils.
  • Other oils that can be beneficial for a children’s vapor rub are: lavender, tea tree, spruce, and pine.
  • Category: Natural Remedy
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: DIY Vapor rub