Homemade All Natural Vapor Rub for Kids

Homemade All Natural Vapor Rub for Kids
Homemade Natural Vapor Rub for Kids

Vapor rubs have been proven to offer kids relief from cough and congestion and to aide them in getting the sleep they need to overcome a cold.

However, if you buy the popular over-the-counter brand, you’re essentially rubbing petroleum all over your little ones. Remember: whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed. By whipping up a batch of homemade all natural vapor rub, you can be assured your little ones are only getting the good stuff – and none of the bad!


Homemade Natural Vapor Rub Ingredients

Eucalyptus Oil – The active ingredient in aromatherapy eucalyptus species is cineol. Cineol’s aroma has both antiseptic and expectorant properties, making it the perfect ingredient for vapor rub.

Peppermint Oil – You’ll recognize the strong, penetrating menthol aroma of peppermint oil. When applied to the skin, it feels cool on the skin, so the body brings more blood to the area, which in turns warms the body.

Lemon Oil – Lemon oil is such a powerful astringent and antiseptic it can cause skin irritation. It should not be applied undiluted to skin. Five drops or less of lemon oil should be added to this recipe.

Please note that I have linked to Kidsafe essential oils. It’s important to buy and use the correct essential oils when applying anything to your children.

Kids are smaller than adults, so they have an increased sensitivity to essential oils. If your child experiences any irritation with this formulation, discontinue use.

Peppermint essential oil can be irritating to the skin. If you know your child has skin sensitivities, leave it out of the preparation.

This formulation should be applied to the chest NOT the face or anywhere near the nose!


1. When you buy cocoa butter, it is hard as a rock. You’ll need to melt the cocoa butter in hot water. Simply fill a large bowl or measuring cup with hot water and submerge your jar of cocoa butter like so:

Making Homemade Vapor Rub

2. Once the cocoa butter is melted, measure out 2 Tablespoons and add to a small jar.

3. Add 2 Tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Allow to cool slightly before moving to the next step.

4. Add 20 drops eucalyptus oil, 5 drops peppermint oil and 5 drops of lemon oil. Count your drops carefully as you add them to avoid overdosing.

5. Allow to harden. If in a hurry, you can place in the fridge.

6. To use: Apply a small amount to the chest.

Do you use vapor rub when your kiddos are sick? Do you ever apply it to their feet then have them wear sock?

Looking for more All Natural Recipes? Try How to Make Hand Sanitizer with All Natural Ingredients or DIY Yoga Mat Spray

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  1. Have you ever tried making this with coconut oil instead of cocoa butter? I have coconut oil in the house and all the essential oils, but I don’t have cocoa butter right now. 🙁

  2. Lisa, The cocoa butter just solidifies better than coconut oil so it lasts longer. But if you need it now, by all means try it with the coconut oil. Just know it won’t last long. Thanks for commenting, Andrea

  3. I swear by Vicks, but would love to give this natural recipe a try. Nothing beats eucalyptus for opening up those passageways. Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Greens!

  4. Can u use this on a 2 year old????

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