With the cold months sticking around and my cough hanging on day after day, I have come up with the loveliest cough vapo rub recipe to ease my pain a little. I grew up using Vix Vapo Rub with every cold and learned to crave that minty-chemical scent at night. Now though, I realize that an alternative can be created with a lot less bizarre names in the recipe and in my own kitchen!
This recipe made me three jars of it (which was way too much!) so I gave two away. I suggest downsizing the recipe to about a third and it will still give you a couple ounces to try out and make sure your skin reacts well with the oils.
Cough Vapo Rub
5 oz. Coconut Oil
2 oz. Shea Butter
1.5 oz. Beeswax
1.5 ml Eucalyptus Essential Oil
1 ml Peppermint Essential Oil
1 ml Lavender Essential Oil
1 ml Rosemary Essential Oil
0.5 Tea Tree Essential Oi
1. Melt down the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax in a double broiler or in the microwave.
2. Add in all the essential oils.
3. Pour the mixture into your desired storage container and cool in the fridge until solid.
That’s it! To use, I just scoop some up with my fingers and rub it on my chest, the bottom of my feet, and on my sinuses. Remember, the above recipe may seem like it contains a lot of essential oils (which it does!) but it produces nearly 9 ounces of product which is usually more than you could ever need. The essential oils can also be altered or substituted if you are highly sensitive to one of them. The carrier mixture however does a great job of retaining the potency of the oils without causing skin irritation.
May this ease the pain of having a horrible cold!