Homemade Vapor Rub

by Raksha Hegde last updated -

If you are prone to coughs and colds and are looking for an all-natural vapor rub, then this is the recipe for you! Most balms and vapor rubs in the market contain petroleum as an ingredient. Petroleum has a sticking quality, which locks in moisture and dirt in the skin pores. This disallows the natural detoxification process of the skin.

Make Your Own Vapor Rub

Natural vapor rubs made from coconut oil or olive oil are safer to use on the skin. Essential oils like peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil help loosen the mucus in the chest. This can then aid the body to expel the phlegm. The homemade rub gives instant relief when applied.

It is best not to use on children as the essential oils may cause a burning sensation.

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Homemade Vapor Rub

Soothe your winter colds and coughs with this simple DIY vapor rub
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Keyword: Vapor Rub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Raksha Hegde


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 4 drops peppermint oil
  • 4 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 4 drops clove oil


  • Add the essential oils to the coconut oil and blend well. 
  • Keep in a clean, air-tight glass container and apply when needed! 
    Coconut oil lotion in a large glass jar, next to coconut oil in a small jar


You can also add 4 drops of orange essential oil for a nice calming and citrusy fragrance. 

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Raksha Hegde is the content director at Organic Facts and helps oversee a team of brilliant, dynamic content writers. She completed her MS in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, US. A former business news journalist and editor, Raksha followed her passion for wellness to become a certified Yoga teacher and a wellness festival curator. She believes that learning is a life-long process; she did a certificate e-course on “Introduction to Food and Health” in 2019 from Stanford University, US. 

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