Happy Green Girl DIY: Homemade Vapor-Rub

 After two months of non-stop work trips covering almost 15,000 miles, 10+ airplanes and only a few days off in the past 60 days, it's no surprise that my sweetheart landed back in Seattle exhausted and under the weather. Nasal congestion. Exhausted. Chest congestion. Headache. Your usual list of symptoms. The common cold has come a knockin'. 

But, alas, the show must go on.

So, like the happy green couple we are, we've pulled out all of the cold-fighting stops.  Added a healthy dose of immune boosting nutrition (lots of garlic, babes). Brought out our favorite herbal teas. Alternated hot and cold in the shower. Diffused our favorite immune boosting, congestion clearing essential oils. And whipped up a batch of DIY homemade vapor-rub!

Happy Green Girl DIY: Homemade Vapor-Rub

Now... there are a few things wrong with your typical over-the-counter vapor-rubs, beginning with the use of petrolatum, which is derived from crude oil and has been found in cancerous tumors and can cause premature aging and aggravated acne. So, yeah, I'm gonna pass.

The best thing about this vapor rub recipe (other than it's efficacy, duh!) is that you know exactly what's in it. You can't ask for much more.


1/2 cup coconut oil

2 TBSP beeswax (pastilles or shaved beeswax)

20 drops of eucalyptus oil

20 drops of peppermint oil

10 drops of rosemary oil

10 drops of lavender oil


Using a double boiler (or putting a glass jar in a makeshift double boiler, like me!), combine the coconut oil and beeswax and melt over boiling water. When melted, remove from heat and add in desired certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG®) essential oils. Stir well.

Store in a container with a lid. I used a small mason jar, but other ideas include storing in empty chapstick containers or deodorant containers for easy application!

If you're using essential oils on children or infants, dilute with extra coconut oil or use half of the essential oils in your recipe. Essential oils are incredibly potent (one drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 26 cups of peppermint tea) and should be diluted when used on children under the age of 10.

Always make sure you educate yourself to make sure you feel comfortable with the products that you use on your family! That's the best part of doing it yourself!

What cold season remedies do you use in your home?! What DIY would you like to see next here? Join the Wellness by Kate community and share below!

Stay healthy this season, my friends.

xo Kate

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