I’m a little late to the party – but I never knew that VapoRub works better on coughs when you rub it into the bottoms of your feet. I really could have used that knowledge when the littles were littler. However, now I know.
The feet have the most pores on the body so essential oils can easily penetrate the skin and absorb into the bloodstream fairly quickly. Apparently, it is one of the best ways to use essential oils, especially on babies and young children.
I couldn’t find any of the store bought kind, plus if I’m changing to all natural products, using one that contains petroleum probably isn’t the best choice. I decided to make some vapour rub for myself. I figured I had everything I needed, and I was right. I had just bought a brick of beeswax from the local apiary (for some future experimentation) and the rest is part of normal stock.
I found this recipe on Crunchy Betty and followed it to the letter. I used the higher amounts she listed for the essential oils, to give it more vapour oomph. Just as she promises, the rub has the same consistency of the other brand, smells great and feels acceptable going on. It’s got to be good for your skin, too. I rubbed some on my chest and the soles of my feet, put my socks on and hopped into bed. It worked pretty well. I don’t think I got the hairy eyeball from the other side of the bed. But then again, I was asleep. And my feet felt nice and soft in the morning. And, if it works well enough, my mother won’t threaten to come over to apply a mustard plaster. Oh, how I hated mustard plasters.
Homemade Vapour Rub
- 2 tsp beeswax (grated)
- 1/4 cup olive oil (or experiment with an oil of your choice)
- 35 drops peppermint essential oil
- 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 15 drops rosemary essential oil
Melt the beeswax and olive oil together until smooth (I used a glass bowl in the microwave, stopping and stirring a couple of times until it was completely melted). Stir well with a whisk. Continue whisking while adding the essential oils drop by drop. Transfer to a small lidded container. Store in a cool, dry place for up to a year (or more).
I found the cute little yellow glass jar at the Sally Ann store (Salvation Army) for $0.25 a while back – I knew it would come in handy for something.
Hopefully this helps resolve the cough quickly – I’m old enough now that a coughing fit causes me to bend and brace myself so that I don’t pee and throw my back out at the same time.