It's officially cold and flu season. Between the dry, heated air and the germs sloshing around in your kids' schools, you're going to need a healthy way to pry open those nasal passages. But store-bought vapor rubs aren't just pricey; a recent study found that vapor rubs can be hazardous to your children's respiratory systems. It's so incredibly simple to make your own at home, why bother with store-bought varieties?! I like my DIY vapo rub with lemon-eucalyptus scent, but you can make this rub with the essential oils that suit you (and your symptoms) best.
This homemade vapor rub has a nasal opening property similar to the store-bought version, but leaves out the petroleum and turpentine oils. Yikes! Rub it on your chest, under your nose or on your kids' chests.
Lemon-Eucalyptus Essential Oils 'Vapo Rub'
Makes 4 ounces
1/2 cup coconut oil
40 drops camphor essential oil
20 drops lemon-eucalyptus essential oil
In a medium-sized saucepan, melt coconut oil on the stove top. Add camphor, eucalyptus and lemon essential oils.
Pour into a 4-ounce jar. Store in your medicine cabinet so it is easily spreadable. Use to relieve sinus or chest congestion.
Spread a bit under your nose and/or on your upper chest (especially at night before bedtime) to breathe in the sinus-clearing oils.
Adapted from Oh Lardy.