Breathe Easy DIY Eucalyptus Vapor Rub

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Relieve common cold and sinus symptoms with this 3-ingredient vapor rub made with coconut oil and soothing eucalyptus.

Chest congestion and a stuffy nose are telltale signs of a cold. Instead of reaching for petroleum-based vapor rubs, give this natural version a try! All you need is a double-boiler and a few simple ingredients to whip up this calming topical remedy.

This 3-ingredient vapor rub includes the soothing effects of eucalyptus oil to naturally decongest airways. Along with opening up airways, eucalyptus oil offers a minty scent that contains powerful anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and immune-stimulating properties. When inhaled, these properties help break up chest congestion and reduce nasal inflammation. It can also benefit those who suffer from bronchitis, asthma, or other breathing ailments. (1, 2)

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Note: If applying to infants or children over two, make sure to look for eucalyptus radiata (not eucalyptus globulus) as the essential oil of choice. Do not use on infants less that one year of age and always consult a pediatrician before use.

Added coconut oil and beeswax makes the application easy as it melts on contact with the skin. Because they’re thicker in texture, these oils absorb slowly into the skin and allow the scents of eucalyptus to linger on a little longer. Coconut oil acts as a carrier oil, helping to dilute the eucalyptus oil and deliver healing benefits to the skin. This helps reduce the risk of allergic reactions that essential oils can cause at full strength. Tip: Use caution when applying new essential oils to the skin. Perform a skin test by applying two drops of eucalyptus oil to half a teaspoon of coconut oil and rub onto the forearm. Cover with a bandage and leave on for 24 hours. If no redness occurs, you’re good to go.


To get started, combine the coconut oil and beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat. Stir occasionally for about ten minutes, then carefully remove the bowl from the heat. Stir in fifteen drops of eucalyptus oil into the bowl and pour the mixture into an eight-ounce jar. Refrigerate for two hours to set, and then store in a dry cool spot.

When ready to use, scoop out half a teaspoon from the jar and gently rub onto the chest area. Wash your hands thoroughly and inhale the aroma to experience instant decongestant relief. For best results, use while lying down and avoid contact near the eyes and mouth.

Add one of these soothing essential oils in addition to eucalyptus oil for extra aroma:

  • 3 to 5 drops peppermint oil – cools and soothes
  • 5 drops lavender oil – relaxing
  • 5 drops clove oil – warming
Jennafer Ashley


Total time:2 hrs
15 mins

Inactive Time: 2 hrs 2 hours

Cook Time:10 mins 10 minutes

Prep Time: 5 mins 5 minutes

Serves:6 oz

Breathe Easy DIY Eucalyptus Vapor Rub

Recipe by:author Jennafer Ashley

Relieve common cold and sinus symptoms with this 3-ingredient vapor rub you can make at home with coconut oil.



Looking for Paleo ingredients? Here’s what we recommend:
Cold pressed coconut oil (Viva Naturals)


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