Homemade All Natural Vapor Rub Recipe



I will be the first one to say I have been a fan of the Vick’s Vapor Rub forever, but recently my son got sick and I’ve heard some horror stories about Vick’s giving younger children respiratory problems so I’ve thrown out all of my Vick’s and after doing a lot of research I figured why not make my own all natural vapor rub.


Why Make Your Own?
Commercial vapor rubs are usually petroleum based that also has camphor in it which is fine if it wasn’t synthetically derived from turpentine oil.  What’s great about making your own rub is the simple fact that you know exactly what’s being put into it. It’s also petroleum free.. I usually make one for me and my husband and a separate gentler recipe for my son.

Vapor Rub For Adults

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Beeswax Pellets (I buy mine here)
  • 5 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil (I buy mine here)
  • 2 Tbsp Shea, Cocoa or Mango Butter (I buy mine here)
  • 1 Tsp Vitamin E Oil (I buy mine here)
  • 30 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil (I buy mine here)
  • 15 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (I buy mine here)
  • 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil (I buy mine here)
  • 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil (I buy mine here)
  • 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (I buy mine here)
  • Empty mason jar or metal tins (I buy mine here)


1. In a double broiler on medium/low heat melt the coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter.

2. Remove from heat and let it cool down for 5 minutes. (If you add essential oils while the oils are too hot they will lose their healing properties). 

3. Add your desired essential oils and pour into a glass jar or a metal in container.

4. Place in the fridge to let it set. Use as needed. I like to apply the rub on my chest, back and the soles of my feet. Store in a cool dark place.


Vapor Rub For Children Over 6 Years Old

  • 1 Tbsp Beeswax Pellets
  • 3 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Shea, Cocoa or Mango Butter
  • 1 Tsp Vitamin E Oil
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil


It’s always best to do your own research regarding essential oils because they are very powerful and concentrated, especially when it comes to children. Eucalyptus Gobulus is not recommended for children under 10. Eucalyptus Radiata is a safer option. If you are pregnant or nursing please check with a holistic health care provider before using essential oils.

About Beautetude

My name is Simera and I'm the blogger behind Beautetude. Beautetude.com is a place where I will be reviewing skincare, haircare, and cosmetics, and anything else beauty related. I will also be posting makeup looks and in turn I hope it inspires everyone. Outside of blogging I am a 33 year old stay at home mom to a wonderful 10 year old boy who keeps me on my toes all day. I also do freelance work.

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  • Love this all natural vapor rub! I hope I don’t need it this winter but if I do, I plan on trying this. Thanks for sharing!


  • I always loved Vick’s vapor rub, I agree we certainly need to use more natural products and it is great we can make our own xox

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Simera

  • Lenya

    Thx for sharing, Simera, but let’s hope we don’t need it this winter, lol. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year, hun!

  • Interesting post my dear, thank you for sharing 🙂

  • This recipe is very useful babe.
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  • sound very good
    Merry Christmas and happy Holidays dear! kisses
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  • rakhshanda

    Very interesting post honey, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • As usual so interesting and informative post) Thanks for sharing this recipe )

  • ;D

    Bem legal!

    Obrigada! Pra você também!

    Ótima segunda!

    Beijo! ^^


  • Elena Dal Maso

    Thanks for this recipe, Simera, my kids suffer from respiratory problems and I have always had doubts on Vick’s.


  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    I am starting to get a winter cold.. this looks like a GREAT recipe I need to try! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  • Paola

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing!
    Happy holidays beauty!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  • This sounds amazing!

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  • Good idea 😀

  • Oh how cool- having vapor rub on hand during cold + flu season is a must!

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  • This is def. a must have recipe for all! 🙂


  • Yet another wonderful DIY I’ve just pinned! I will definitely be making this when needed, I had no idea that the commonly used vapor rub was causing respiratory problems with children, so good to know! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!



  • Denise

    Dear Simera, vapor rub seems to be very good and guess what I now have with me? Since you always said that coconut oil is good, I bought it and will soon try it! I’d like to wish you a great new year, with many nice recipes and reviews, new things that I love to learn from you, a beautiful end of the year’s party with family and may you get all you want in the new year! Thank you so much for your always amazing support! Happy 2017!

  • It’s good to know. I have to try it.

  • This sounds perfect for when you have a cold! Great one.

    Gemma x

  • Pilar

    I haven’t used vapor rub in a long time, and I’ve only bought it from the store. This sounds like a great diy to try and use when you have a cold. Thanks for sharing!

  • This is so cool! Had no idea you could make this yourself, awesome! Thanks for sharing, hope you had a great Christmas xxx

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    • Thanks Kiran. It’s super simple to make.

  • So intelligent by your side to make it yourself

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  • Thanks for sharing this recipe, it certainly is needed in this season.

  • wooow..you are so very talented..yeah i heard some horrendous stories about vicks too. Glad you came up with a home made recepie 😀

  • Thank you for this interesting post. I remember using Vicks rub since I was a child, but never thought of preparing it myself. Happy New Year!!

    Jasmine x
    Jas Claire

    • It’s crazy how simple it is to make.

  • Paola Lauretano

    So interesting, I need to try it!
    I wish you all the best darling!
    Happy new year!
    Kisses, Paola.

  • I hope I don’t need this recipe this winter, but I’m saving it just in case!

    • It’s definitely great to have on hand.

  • Judy Hudgins

    Love the smell myself and I love the idea of a more ‘natural’ recipe. Will be adding to my ‘make-it’ list.

  • this is great idea to make vapor rub…i generally use diluted eucalyptus oil mixed with rosemary oil 🙂 but i would try this recipe now 🙂

  • I used a lot of Vicks vapor rub while growing up but I have not tried it in a long time.
    Thanks for sharing this homemade Recipe.