Essential Oils Vapor Rub for Cough

Homemade Essential Oils Vapor Rub for Cough

These past few days have been a bit hard with the girls not feeling well again.  This time they have a horrible cough and have gotten a bit of a fever.  I do have a nebulizer because I myself have asthma and last year Kaelyn got a bad cough that she was also put on steroids using the nebulizer.  Well, I am committed in trying to do things the natural way for all of us, unless I see no improvements and think that they should be seen by a doctor.  I grew up with asthma and using steroids to help me breath and I don’t want that with my girls.  I know all the side affects!

After a morning of coughing yesterday I decided to do a bit of research on other ways I can be using my Young Living Essential Oils.  I mean, they are amazing all by themselves, but what would happen if I can combine oils together and create something that would help my girls breath and feel better.  Well, I found out that I can actually make my own Vapor Rub using my essential oils.  I found several recipes, but unfortunately I’m still working on getting a large supply of essential oils on hand, so I customized to what I had at home :)

Homemade Essential Oils Vapor Rub for Cough and Congestion

Essential oils that I used to make my homemade vapor rub.  I solely only use Young Living essential oils because of their Seed to Seal Process, but I read that Eucalyptus is an amazing expectorant so I ran out (well actually the hubby did) to the nearest health food store to purchase a bottle of their 100% pure essential oil.  Sadly not Young Living, but I was desperate!

  • Peppermint essential oil is great for the respiratory system, being antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.  It also feels soothing and cooling on the chest because of it’s menthol content.
  • Lavender essential oil helps with soothing for a night restful night sleep. (This really helped them sleep.  They each got up once last night and even slept in their beds which is a biggie when they don’t feel good)
  • Lemon essential oil helps great with a wheezing cough, colds, and respiratory problems.  It’s also great for sanitizing.
  • Eucalyptus essential oil is an expectorant and antimicrobial.  It’s great for respiratory problems.

Here is what I used to make my homemade vapor rub.

  1. 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  2. 1/4 of shea butter (I used Cetaphil because Kaelyn is allergic to mostly everything else)
  3. 20 drops of peppermint essential oil
  4. 15 drops of lavender essential oil
  5. 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  6. 25 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  7. Clean spoon and fork
  8. Clean jar or container that has a lid (make sure it’s not plastic)

Essential Oils and Coconut Oil to make homemade vapor rub

I added my coconut oil and Cetaphil cream (not lotion) to a small clean bowl.  I then added all of my oils one by one, then I used a fork to press everything down together.  Because the coconut oil is solid in cooler temperature I wanted to make sure it was nice and smooth.  I then used a spoon to mix it all together and scooped my vapor rub into a sealed container to make sure that it kept cool and dark.  I also made sure that every time I applied it on the girls my hands were super clean.  This will help it last much longer, about a month or two.

Okay, so now that I have this amazing vapor rub what do I do with it?  Well, I added the rub in two different locations.  For Kaelyn I rubbed some on her chest and back, but unfortunately she had a small reaction on her chest.  I prepared myself for it because it happens with everything that goes on her skin.  This is because she has super sensitive skin because of her eczema and food allergies.  Kaidence didn’t have a reaction when I applied it to her chest and back.  So, my next step for Kaelyn was the bottom of her feet.  No reaction there!  I also noticed that it seemed to be doing a better job on Kaelyn, even though I was rubbing it on her feet.  I have been rubbing the vapor rub on both girls on the bottom of their feet about every 2 hours.  Today their cough is loser and they are feeling a little more like themselves :)  No steroids here… at least not today!  Even mommy has been taking advantage of this amazing homemade vapor rub!

Check out my website for more information on Young Living Essential Oils HERE.

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Disclaimer: Remember I am not a doctor, just a mommy trying to find healthier and natural ways to take care of my family.  This information is not intended to take place of or substitute any advice given to you by a health care professional.  This is solely my experience and opinion.  


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      abccreativelearning says

      I didn’t at first Danielle, but I was desperate and one of my goals this year was to try and do things more naturally and healthier :) Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!!

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    Victoria, I love your Vapor Rub! Isn’t it comforting to know exactly what’s in the things you put in and on your kids and yourself? I love that you used lavender and coconut oil. I bet this smells SO good. Sounds like it really helps, too! Thank you for sharing this at Treasure Box Tuesday! :)

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      abccreativelearning says

      Thank you Joy! Yes, absolutely love knowing exactly what I am putting on my daughters skin! Absolutely smells divine :) Lavender is one of my top favorites! Thank you for stopping by, have a wonderful week!

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    Cynthia says

    Hope your girls feel better! It’s great to know this works. I’ll keep it on hand for next time my family is sick. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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      abccreativelearning says

      Thank you so much Cynthia! Yes, they are much better :) Let me know what you think of it! Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

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      abccreativelearning says

      Thank you for stopping by Charlene! Yes, by rubbing it on the feet it will prevent the sensitivity on the skin, but the oils will still do their job :)

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      abccreativelearning says

      Hi Jacqui, hope everyone feels better! I’m telling you this worked wonders for us and my girls are doing amazing right now!! Thank you for stopping by :)

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    We have a kiddo with Respiratory Airway Disease who has been in the hospital at least half a dozen times and we always run lavender through his steam machine. I never thought about making a rub for him, this is on the top of my Dr. Mommy to do list! Thank you for sharing this on Frugal Friday Fiesta, an oil rub is way cheaper then a 3 day hospital visit. :) Blessings, Kyle

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      abccreativelearning says

      Hi Kyle, thank you for stopping by! Yes, I couldn’t believe how amazing it actually works. I myself last night was coughing non stop, I am asthmatic and have been since I was very young. I added a few drops of Thieves on the palm of my hand with some coconut oil and rubbed on my chest. After that I slept like a baby! Yes, it is Kyle and you know exactly what’s in it! Hope your little one feels better :)

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