Hand Made “Vicks” Vapor Rub

I recently Stumbled on This great way to make a Vapor Rub. I had seen a similar one about a month ago. I am hoping to order some beeswax in  the near future, So I can actually make it, and try it out.

So here is the post I found, I took some of the Ladies personal  stuff out.



Here’s the list of ingredients in the Vick’s brand-

Active Ingredients (Purpose) Camphor 5.2% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic), Eucalyptus oil 1.2% (Cough suppressant), Menthol 2.8% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)
Inactive Ingredients Carbomer 954, cedarleaf oil, cetyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, cyclomethicone copolyol, dimethicone copolyol, dimethicone, EDTA, glycerin, imidazolidinyl urea, isopropyl palmitate, methylparaben, nutmeg oil, peg-100 stearate, propylparaben, purified water, sodium hydroxide, stearic acid, stearyl alcohol, thymol, titanium dioxide, turpentine oil.
So what is the alternative????

Easy…make your own!  Works wonders and you can alter the amounts of oils so that it’s safe for all ages!
Only Naturals Vapor Rub Basic Recipe
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 2 level tablespoons of beeswax (you can use pastilles or grated)

Add 10-80 drops of Young Living Essential Oils (see below for combinations)
In a double boiler-melt the beeswax, cocoa butter and coconut oil.  Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. I test with my finger first, once it’s body temperature add the essential oils. *If the mixture is too hot it will kill the therapeutic quality of the oils.* Pour into glass or metal containers-do NOT use plastic as therapeutic oils can degrade plastics.

Oils to Add Depending on Requirements and their Properties (pertaining to colds/coughs):

Single Oils

  • Eucalyptus Radiata– Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory,  antiviral,  decongestant and expectorant. 
  • Melaleuca Alternifolia – Antiseptic, antimicrobial, decongestant, expectorant and immune stimulating.
  • Peppermint -Antibacterial, Decongestant
  • Thyme – Antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic.
  • Myrrh-Anti-infectious, Anti-inflammatory, decongestant, expectorant.
  • Basil – Antibacterial, Anti-infectious, antiseptic antispasmodic, antiviral, decongestant.
  • Rosemary Cineol – Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, expectorant.
  • Black Pepper-Anti-inflammatory,antispasmodic,expectorant.
  • Pine- Antimicrobial, antibacterial,antiseptic, antiviral,expectorant.
  • Lavender – Antihistamine, antiseptic and antimicrobial, anti-infectious,antispasmodic, sedating.
  • Marjoram – Antibactierial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, expectorant, sedating.
  • Roman Chamomile – Anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, calming.
  • Cypress-Antibacterial, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, mucolytic.
  • Hyssop-Antiasthmatic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic,antiviral, decongestant,mucolytic.
  • Myrtle-Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, expectorant, decongestant.
  • Lemon-Antiseptic, antiviral, tonic.


  • Thieves Blend-A highly effective blend for infections, both viral and bacterial.
  • RC-A blend created specifically to deal with decongestion, it contains many of the single oils listed above.
  • Raven– More powerful then RC but with the same decongesting effects.
  • Peace & Calming-A fantastic blend to use with a cough that won’t stop.  This blend has calming effects on the whole body including the lungs-thus allowing the bronchial tubes to calm down and reduce coughing.

Infants Blend-Congestion

  • Basic Recipe
  • 10 drops of RC Blend
  • 2 drops of Thieves Blend

Apply to the feet and spine.  Over 2 months can also be applied to the chest.  **Special note for using oils with infants the first time-apply this to a face cloth and lay near the baby.  This will allow you to remove from the baby’s space and slowly introduce it to them.  All of these oils are safe for infants, it’s just always good to start slowly no matter the age. *

Infants Blend-Cough

  • Basic Recipe
  • 2 drops of Thieves
  • 2 drops of Lemon
  • 2 drops of Peace and Calming

Apply to the feet and spine.  Over 2 months can also be applied to the chest.

Children’s Blend-Congestion (over 6 years of age)

  • Basic Recipe
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
  • 5 drops Thieves
  • 5 drops Lemon
  • 5 drops Myrrh
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Marjoram (optional-can be added at bed time to help the child sleep)

Apply to feet, chest and spine.

Children’s Blend-Cough (over 6 years of age)

  • Basic Recipe
  • 5 drops of RC
  • 5 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 5 drops of Melaleuca
  • 2 drops of Myrtle
  • 2 drops of Myrrh
  • 2 drops of Peppermint
  • 2 drops of Thieves

Apply to feet, chest and spine.

Adult Blends-use the children’s blends as they are or double the amount of each oil.  Apply to feet, chest and spine.


About Amanda Montgomery

Well a little about me.. I have a wonderful family, with a beautiful little girl who is 1 and a charming son who is 6. Both have helped fill my heart with joy. They have helped show me how time passes so quickly. So I try to live a healthy life. I have been using Young Living Essential Oils since 2004. Within the last year I've dedicated my self to improving my health using these oils. My husband and children have both joined me in this journey. My kids love the oils and the Ningxia Red Juice. Other than my love for my family and Young Living, I also love swimming. I grew up in the pool doing synchronized Swimming. I also love photography, I occasionally dabble in amateur photography. I mostly take pictures of my kids, nature, and my pets. I find it exciting, the different pictures you can take when you just change your angle or setting on your camera. I also love to create many different things, either behind my camera, with a paint brush, or even with a hammer, nails and wood.
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