Homemade Vapor Rub

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Written by: Drew Canole

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to get some sleep and having congested lungs. Or having a child with congested lungs who is crying for hours and hours because of discomfort and exhaustion.

Congestion can happen because of illness, allergies, asthma or other respiratory distress.

New Picture (1)Most of us are becoming increasingly conscious of what we put on our skin and what we use on our kids. Making your own vapor rub at home ensures that you control each and every ingredient that goes into it. One particularly concerning ingredient in most store-bought vapor rubs is Petroleum. Not something you want to use on your skin!

Mother nature has provided us with countless plants whose various properties are beneficial to nearly any human ailment. Essential oils, for example, are highly concentrated extracts from certain plants. I’ve been using them for years now on a daily basis and couldn’t be more pleased with the positive influence they’ve had in my life.

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If you’ve been a regular at FitLife.tv for a while, then you’ll also be familiar with our coconut obsession. Just can’t get enough!

For a quick fix lung support, simply try rubbing coconut oil and a few drops of eucalyptus and/or peppermint oil on your chest. And if you have a little more time, you can make an advanced rub like this:

Homemade Vapor Rub
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp beeswax particles
  • 15 drops peppermint oil
  • 15 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 15 drops rosemary oil
  • 15 drops clove oil
  1. Melt coconut oil and beeswax together in a double boiler or a mason jar in a pot of water.
  2. Once melted, stir in the essential oils. If you want a stronger rub add a few more drops of eucalyptus.
  3. Store in a jar somewhere room temperature and use as needed.
Note: Always use caution when using essential oils on children. Dilute and use as little as possible and if there is ANY question as to whether or not a particular oil is safe, consult with your physician prior to use.

These are the essential oils that I use and love.


Drew Canole

Drew Canole

CEO at Fitlife.tv
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.

As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
Drew Canole


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