This homemade vapor rub is soothing for sick noses, and it’s safe to use on even tiny, tiny babies.
EDIT: There is some recent debate about whether essential oils are safe for babies. I use this vapor rub on my son, but I definitely encourage you to read up on eucalyptus oil and make the call that feels right for your family. Food Renegade talks some about it and offers alternatives, if you’re feeling nervous about it.
Hey, so let’s start with the news first and the homemade vapor rub recipe last, OK?
The news: I am super thrilled to be speaking at this year’s Georgia Organics Conference! I’m doing an educational session on making your own cleaning and beauty supplies, and I’m going to be chronicling my recipes here this month, so that attendees can find them easily after the conference. This homemade vapor rub is one of the recipes that I’m going to share.
The Georgia Organics Conference is a yearly event with workshops, panels, and demonstrations for every aspect of natural, organic living. The focus is more on food, and I’m so excited that I can talk a little bit about getting the chemicals out of your medicine cabinet!
Are any of you planning to attend this year’s conference? If you haven’t registered, you can sign up today! I’d love to see you at my demonstration!
Homemade Vapor Rub
I started making this super simple homemade vapor rub when Darrol Henry caught his first cold. He was around six weeks old, and we wanted to do everything that we could to make him more comfortable. We use this in combination with saline nasal spray and a humidifier, and we all get a lot more sleep when he’s sick if we remember to do all three things.
Ingredients & Supplies
- 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
- 5 drops eucalyptus oil (or congestion-soothing essential oil of your choice, if you’re not comfortable with eucalyptus)
- small glass jar, like an old baby food jar
- printable label, optional
- Combine your ingredients in the jar, and give it a good shake to combine. Store in a dark place, like the drawer of your changing table.
- If you’re using the label, print and cut it out, then attach to the jar with a piece of packing tape to cover the whole label. The packing tape will help prevent the oil from making the ink smudge as you’re using your vapor rub.
- To apply, dip a finger into the rub, and massage into your baby’s chest of back before you put his PJs on.