Homemade Vapor Chest Rub


Vapor chest rubs have solid scientific evidence for quieting irritable coughs both during the day, and at night — helping your child – and you – get a better night’s sleep where there is a cold, bronchitis, or other coughs.
Here’s one of my favorite recipes for making your own Vapor Chest Rub at home.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 TBS grated food grade beeswax
  • 1 tsp eucalyptus oil
  • Small glass  jars with lids: either  4-1 oz jars, 2-2 oz jars, or 1-4 oz jar

To Prepare

  • Melt 1/4 cup of coconut oil together with 1/4 cup of olive oil and 2 heaping TBS of beeswax on low heat in a small stainless steel of glass pot.
  • Stir continuously until the beeswax is completely melted — about 2 minutes or so.
  • Remove the hot oil from the burner and add 1 tsp of Eucalyptus essential oil. Stir well.
  • Pour into glass jars.
  • Let cool to room temperature and store in a cool place — a medicine cabinet, for example.

To Use

For optimal safety, use in children 2 and over, stay away from products with camphor, and NEVER use on the face!
Apply to your child’s chest up to several times daily.
Put an old t-shirt on after applying.
Some redness under the area where it is applied is normal.
References

Paul, I. et al. Vapor Rub, Petrolatum, and No Treatment for Children With Nocturnal Cough and Cold Symptoms. Pediatrics. Vol. 126 No. 6 December 1, 2010 pp. 1092 -1099 


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Kathryn

Thanks for this, Aviva! Two questions! 1) Could I use a high quality eucalyptus lemon oil? I don't have plain eucalyptus. 2) I'm looking for a chest rub for my 9 month old. Would you recommend this one for him?

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    aviva

    I haven't tried it but I would think it would work... Aviva

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    Hadassah

    I've tried it and it isn't as good. But it's highly recommended as a mosquito repellent!

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Melissa

Question about the chest rub recipe in the newsletter. I read from a essential oil encyclopedia that most eucalyptus varietals are not safe for kids under 2. What age is this rub for?

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    aviva

    For optimal safety, use in children 2 and over, stay away from products with camphor, and NEVER use on the face!

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Megan

Wondering if the eucalyptus (doterra) is safe for a 5 month old

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    aviva

    For optimal safety, use in children 2 and over, stay away from products with camphor, and NEVER use on the face!

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Amber

Can we safely use eucalyptus on the wee ones?? I've read conflicting information about this.

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    aviva

    For optimal safety, use in children 2 and over, stay away from products with camphor, and NEVER use on the face.

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regina

@kathryn - Euc Citridora should NOT be used in place of Euc Oil. @Aviva There are many types of Euc oil, you should specify which are lowest in 1,8 cineole.

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    aviva

    Thank you so much for this clarification!

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Amber

Can I ask why you should stay away from camphor?

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Beth

Why do we need to stay away from products with camphor? I use the EO on my kids clothes when they are sleeping and it seems to work.

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Megan | Allergy Free Alaska

Thanks for the recipe! I'm interested in trying it - just curious if I can use eucalyptus essential oil instead of eucalyptus oil? If I did use the essential oil, any idea on how much I should use? ;) Thanks! Megan

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    aviva

    These are the same -- just follow the amount in the recipe. :)

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Danielle

Hello! Thank-you for the recipe!! I can only find cosmetic grade beeswax. Is this still okay?

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    aviva

    should be (bee? ha ha!)

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Susan

This is a much better formula than the menthol rubs we used on the kids. For my little ones who refused anything on their chest, my mother-in-law said she was taught to put it on the bottom of their feet and cover with socks. It worked so well, I now do it on me when i just can't deal with it on my chest. My kids who are now young adults still use it this way, but I will be making some of this up instead of the menthol rub!

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