DIY Remedy | Herbal Vapor Rub

Check out this simple, clean alternative to a popular brand that contains icky ingredients like petrolatum, turpentine oil + camphor. The oils in this remedy are absorbed through the skin to relieve congestion + kill infection while the power of peppermint + eucalyptus essential oils produce a heating sensation that reduces constriction by stimulating blood circulation.

What You Need

  • Small, airtight storage container
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cup


  • 1/8 cup coconut or extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops thyme essential oil


  • For a solid balm, use coconut oil
  • For a liquid rub, use EVOO
  • Always use the highest quality of fresh, organic ingredient when possible
  • Most materials + ingredients can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs or on Amazon
  • If coconut oil is solid, bathe the bottle in a warm water bath to liquefy
  • To increase the warmth of the balm, rub the oil briskly onto the skin
  • A warm piece of flannel placed on the chest afterward will increase the warming sensation
  • Do not apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin


  1. Combine all ingredients in container
  2. Rub on chest, throat or temples as necessary
  3. Store in an airtight container
 Recipe adapted from here.
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