How To Make Homemade Vapour Rub

How to make natural rub

Today I want to share with you how I make a natural vapour rub for my family. I am sure you have used vapour rub  in the past. I actually love the smell of eucalyptus… but let’s face it, some of the rubs have a lot of things in it that we don’t really want to put on our skin. 

Let’s be real, colds are a pain. Once one child has it, the whole family gets it. But if we realise what the cold is doing we can help the cold to do it’s job.

What do I mean by that? The cold is just the bodies way of eliminating a build up of toxins. It is a sign that something in the body isn’t right (there is a virus), and we need to do something about it. So the body produces more mucus to try and trap the virus and then makes the body cough, makes your nose run non-stop so that it can get the virus out. It’s The Most High God amazing! He actually thought about everything. 

We just need to help our body do it’s job. The essential oils in the vapour rub can help too. 

Eucalyptus Oil – has anti-bacterial properties and is used to kill off some viruses and bacteria. It is also anti-inflammatory and helps to relive muscle and joint pains.

Lavender Oil – is known to also relieve pain and muscle pain. It helps to relieve breathing disorders and aids sleep.

Peppermint Oil – is anti-inflammatory. It helps to reduce inflammation, reduce muscle pain and can be great to use for stomach aches and bowel problems.


  • 1/2 cup or 8 tablespoons of coconut oil/ almond oil / olive oil 
  • 3 tablespoons of shea butter OR 2 tablespoons of beeswax (leveled not heaped)
  • 20 drops eucalyptus oil (use only 4 drops for babies and small children)
  • 10 drops peppermint oil (do not use on babies)
  • 10 drops lavender oil (use only 4 drops for babies/ small children)
  • 10 drops clove oil (optional – do not use on babies)

Note: If you use shea butter instead of beeswax, I recommend using the coconut oil. Also, once the mixture becomes warm it will melt. However, it will solidify back again once back at room temperature or colder. 


  •  Melt shea butter/ beeswax with oil of your choice in a double boiler
  • Add in your essential oils to the shea butter and oil
  • Pour your mixture into a jar of container. (I recommend to avoid using plastic containers. I use the jars shown in the picture.) Another tip is to pour into smaller jars/ containers and keep in your changing bag for the times you may need the rub while you are out.
  • Use when you feel a cough or a cold coming on. You can rub on neck, back, chest and at the bottom of your feet, then cover with socks. 

I RECOMMEND TESTING ON A SMALL AREA OF YOUR SKIN BEFORE RUBBING ALL OVER. What do you use when the winter bugs come along? Have you ever tried to make your own rub before?  Let me know in the comments down below. 



Kashina is a wife and homeschooling mum to 6 year old triplet girls and a 3 year old. She is a christian mum empowerment coach, with a mission to help mums believe that they can achieve what God has planned for their life. 







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