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Homemade Vapor Rub | Decongestant Chest Rub

Keyword: homemade vapor rub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
This Homemade Vapor Rub is made of all natural ingredients--the perfect thing to help you breathe and sleep better when you aren't feeling well, or are suffering from the sniffles or congestion.
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  • Small Jars
  • Small Pan for heating
  • stainless steel bowl



  • Place the shea butter or other solid oil in the top of a double boiler (or stainless steel bowl set on top of a saucepan full of water) over low heat. Heat until just melted. If using a liquid oil, you can skip this step.
  • When melted, carefully remove the pan from the heat.
  • Allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes so that it's still liquid, but not as warm. This will allow you to blend the essential oils into the mixture without damaging the oils' healing qualities.
  • If using beeswax, stir into the rub after removing from heat.
  • Add essential oils to the carrier oil. Blend well.
  • Pour blend into a small glass jar.
  • To use, rub mixture on chest.
  • Store closed jar in a dark, cool place for up to 1 year.


Alternative carrier oils that would work well for this rub include palm oil or coconut oil. You could also add a small amount of beeswax for added thickness, if desired.
For a Kid-friendly version of this rub, use the following essential oil combination:
4 drops tea tree essential oil
2 drops thyme essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil