How to Make Vapor Rub Salve---Clear Up Those Sinuses & Breathe EASY.
I used to love Vic's Vapor Rub. It just smelled SO good, and everyone could finally breathe again! But then I discovered that Vic's main ingredient contains petroleum based chemicals---so, "No, Thank you!." Carcinogens, anyone?
I haven't used commercial vapor rub in years because of this. Besides that, there are so many great essential oils out there, and if you know how to blend them, you can make your very own AWESOME, natural, SAFE, Vapor Rub. And you can determine the strength you like too! Isn't that great!?
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Ingredients for Vapor Rub Salve
1) 1 cup almond oil.
(I like to use almond oil because it soaks into the skin quickly, and it's not as heavy as olive oil.)
2) 1/4 cup of beeswax
** I purchase my oils, beeswax, essential oils from Starwest Botanicals
3) Essential Oils:
**3 parts Eucalyptus
**3 parts Camphor
**3 parts Peppermint
**2 parts Pine
**1 part Clary Sage
**1 part Ginger
**1 part Lavender
**1 part Rosemary
A NOTE about essential oils: When making salves, soaps, and products that require a lot of essential oils, they can get quite expensive. I have found the most affordable essential oils in relation to best quality possible for creating soaps and salves is from Starwest Botanicals.
A double boiler set up (I use a wide mouth quart Mason jar in a pan with a couple inches of water---Easy Peasy!)
A pipette dropper for the essential oils, OR a 1/4 teaspoon measure
A NOTE About the Essential Oil Blend for Homemade Vapor Rub:
The main essential oils are your Eucalyptus, Camphor, Peppermint, and Pine. So, if you want to leave out the others or mix and match, that is just fine! You can also increase the parts of Eucalyptus, Camphor, and Peppermint too, for a stronger salve. This is truly a creative process, and you're the BOSS! This is the combo I use, and sometimes I'll change it up a bit, too.
Directions for Making Vapor Rub Salve
Step 1) Blend your Essential Oils.
I like to do this first because that way, they are all ready to go when it's time, plus they get to sit and mix together for a little bit. I actually make and store up my blend of EO's ahead of time, so I always have this mixture on hand. I store them in a 2 or 4 ounce amber glass jar out of sunlight. This blend is part of our herbal medical supply, always.
Step 2) Pour the oil and the beeswax into your Mason Jar
Step 3) Double Boiler Set Up Time
Just place the Mason jar into a pan containing about 2 inches of water. Turn the heat to a low setting.
Step 4) Stir Occasionally
Just give the oil/beeswax mixture a little stir every minute or so, while the beeswax is melting into the oil. This will speed things up a little by helping break up the beeswax.
Step 5) Add Essential Oils
Once the beeswax is completely melted into the oil, remove the jar from the pan. This is when you add your essential oils. I don't really measure mine out--just eyeball it. But if I had to guesstimate, I'd say about 2 to possibly 4 teaspoons of the essential oil blend.
These oils are safe to use directly on the skin, so if you want it really strong, that's fine. The carrier oil/beeswax combo will definitely dilute it. I always think of how strong Vic's is when I make my Vapor Rub---that gives me a little guideline to go more or less with the essential oils. If you're not sure, start with a smaller amount and add more until you like it.
Stir the oils in well.
Step 6) Pour and Set
Just pour the mixture into your storage containers. This amount will fill two 4 ounce amber glass jars, with a little left over, which I pour into a small tin: perfect for taking along with you in your bag!
Let the liquid set up until firm. The length of time will depend on the temperature. It's winter now, and my salves set up really fast!
Step 7) Label & Use!
Always label your products! This will save you a lot of time smell-checking jars and tins later on. Yep---I've been there too many times to count.
To use, just rub onto your check, around your ears, and temples. You can even rub some on or under your nose because the salve part of this helps reduce any irritation near your nose. I put this on my husband's mustache. That's about the only time I wish I had a mustache too!
That's It! Enjoy!
If you happen to make your own, please share your experiences by leaving a comment!
Hugs and Self-Reliance!
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Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or any other kind of medical professional. In no manner, stated or implied, is there any promise of cure, treatment, diagnosis, or prevention of any health ailment. Please seek advice from your doctor. I simply provide my own opinion based on experience and study for things that work for my family.