Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Vapor Rub Recipe

This recipe is a great alternative to the conventional vapor rubs found in the store. Unlike those that use artificial chemicals and petroleum-based oils, this recipe is all natural.
  


Ingredients:


2 Cups Oil: I prefer a blend of sunflower and castor oils, but you can use olive oil or just about anything you have around. 

2 Ounces Beeswax
 
1 Tbsp. Vitamin E Oil: This ingredient is a preservative, which will keep your vapor rub shelf-stable for longer. If you plan on making just enough to use for a season, you can omit the Vitamin E. 


Essential Oils:           30 drops Eucalyptus
                                    30 drops Peppermint
                                    20 drops Camphor
                                    10 drops Rosemary

If desired, you can also add 10-20 drops of another essential oil to enhance the scent. For example, Lavender will sweeten the bouquet and promote relaxation, while Pine will add a warm and woody aroma.

2 tsp. Menthol Crystals:  Buy natural (not synthetic) crystals, preferably organic.

Directions:



Start by heating the oil in a small saucepan on low heat. Add the beeswax and stir until dissolved.

Remove the pot from heat. (Because essential oils evaporate easily when heated, the idea is to keep the mixture as cool as possible for the rest of the process.)

 
Add the menthol crystals, stirring until they dissolve.  (The aroma will be strong, so take care not to inhale directly.)

Now add the Vitamin E oil, and stir in the rest of your essential oils. Viola! You are now ready to pour the brew into jars of your choice.

Remember to label and date your jars to avoid future confusion.


For more ideas on how to stay healthy during cold season, see the original article that featured this recipe: