Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Vapor rub on feet?

Have you ever put vapor rub on your feet and then socks before sleeping when sick? Sounds crazy but it worked for me the other night. I used my homemade rub found on Crunchy Betty's page.

Quick Homemade Vapor Rub

  • 2 tsp beeswax (grated)
  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil-I used jojoba oil
  • 25-35 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10-15 drops rosemary essential oil
Melt the beeswax and olive oil together until smooth on a doubler burner (or similar melting system). Stir well with a whisk.

In an empty (sterilized bottle) Mix 25-35 drops of peppermint, 15 drops of eucalyptus and 10-15 drops of Rosemary. You are going to use 27 drops of this blend to the rub mixture for a 3% dilution. *Intended for adults only. *Check with a doctor if you have asthma.

For children 2 > use 1% dilution by adding 5 drops Frankincense and 4 drops Juniper Berry to the rub mix.

Continue whisking while adding the essential oils drop by drop. Transfer to a
small lidded container. Store in a cool, dry place for up to  a year (or more).

Vapor Disc

-Baking soda(at least one box)
-*Essential oils: eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint- 15 drops each
-Muffin tin (not for food)
-Muffin liners (optional)

Pour Baking soda in a bowl (not for food) and slowly add water. You want a very thick paste. Add 15 drops of each EO. Scoop into a muffin pan and let it settle for 1-2 days. I wrapped mine in wax paper and placed in the freezer.  *DON'T BAKE!!!

I only made 1/3 muffin size to test. This does use A LOT of baking soda. I would place the disc in the back of the shower, away from the water. Close the door for added benefits.

They popped from the tin just like ice from a tray. The disc will not last the whole shower but the vapors will linger to open your sinus cavities to expel mucus.

*For kids 2> use Frankincense/Juniper blend posted above.

*Essential oils are flammable and each has a different Flash Point. Never heat EO's or add to a heated substance. 

For more Flu season tips check out my other post here.

These DIY Vapor products are free of additives and chemicals that can be found in commercial "vapor" products like bath wash and jelly like creams.

2014 Update
I discovered Ravensara think it makes a great addition to both recipes. Just add 10-15 drops.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate. As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.


  1. I've heard about this before. One of my friends swears by it.

  2. Oh my gosh , I love the idea of the disk thingles! There's this store here that sells similar product but it is so pricey! Now that I know I can make them at home, I am in heaven!!! Thank you so so much!