Hi! I'm Heidi.

Hi! I'm Heidi, and here is my Homestead Journey.....

Hi! I'm Heidi, and here is my Homestead Journey.....

 

Wife. Grandma. Gardener. Student of Plant Medicine and Herbs. Whole30 Fan. Poultry Farmer. Trying to be Courageously DIY. Essential Oil Enthusiast. Beginning Horsewoman. New Homesteader in Mid-Life.

Do you want to feel empowered by being able to be as self-sufficient as possible in this uncertain world?  Me too!  Join me in this learning journey!

I'm Heidi, and this is Ranger.  He has been with me for over ten years, and I love him dearly.  

I'm Heidi, and this is Ranger.  He has been with me for over ten years, and I love him dearly.  

How to Make Vapor Rub Salve---Clear Up Those Sinuses & Breathe EASY.

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!?  

Making your own Vapor Rub is so easy!  And it works GREAT!  You will love this, and so will your family! Enjoy!

Making your own Vapor Rub is so easy!  And it works GREAT!  You will love this, and so will your family! Enjoy!

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 or Bulk Apothecary.  

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:  I use doTerra oils when I need a few drops.  However, 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 from Starwest Botanicals.  

TOOLS:

Amber glass jars or flat silver tins for storing the salve

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.  

Main ingredients:  Almond oil (This has been infused twice with Calendula petals---that's why it's nice and golden, but you can use regular almond oil just fine!), Beeswax, amber glass jars for storing the salve when done, and my essential oil blend. 

Main ingredients:  Almond oil (This has been infused twice with Calendula petals---that's why it's nice and golden, but you can use regular almond oil just fine!), Beeswax, amber glass jars for storing the salve when done, and my essential oil blend. 

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.

A pic of the Mason jar with the oil/beeswax mixture in the double boiler pan set up. This is honestly the best way I have found to mix my oils with beeswax to melt together.

A pic of the Mason jar with the oil/beeswax mixture in the double boiler pan set up. This is honestly the best way I have found to mix my oils with beeswax to melt together.

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! 

The liquid mixture all poured and ready to set up.  

The liquid mixture all poured and ready to set up.  

 

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!

All set, and ready to use!  

All set, and ready to use!  

That's It!  Enjoy!

If you happen to make your own, please share your experiences by leaving a comment!  

Hugs and Self-Reliance!

Heidi

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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.   

 

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