Home made vapour rub – a baby step towards natural medicine…


Alright, mums, don’t get scared by the technical title, I promise it won’t be one of those posts where we’re about to discuss how to create a miraculous pill or sensational cream (although I wish I had a bit of unicorn power once in a blue moon!). Instead, we’ll be taking a baby step towards the natural side of medicine or what I call home made (food) remedies. And that’s pretty cool too.

First of all I have to admit I used to be a passionate fan of using vapour rub for myself and the little one until recently. Because let’s face it, it’s easy and it’s comfortable as you just have to rub it on their little chest and they don’t mind the minty scent that is quite catchy too. Yet, ever since I realised what funny and dangerous ingredients even the tiniest innocent looking jar of vapour rub actually hides, I started to have second thoughts. So there’s me going on a research roller-coaster…

Good news is that shortly mum’s creativity kicked in! And it came with a recipe you, new mums and mummies on the go, would love once you give it a try and will never go back to Vaseline or Vicks! Why? Because you won’t be using any petroleum which is not the best ingredient to be around a young child, nor any nasty chemicals or preservatives (check out this good read Don’t waste the crumbs on a more detailed point of view I strongly share).

Here’s how you can create your own tiny jars of goodness for you and your family. I wrote down a little recipe but watch the video for a quick summary and demonstration on my very own tiny human.

 Ingredients – what I used:

  • 1 cup of unscented coconut oil
  • Approx 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • Approx 10 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • Approx 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • Approx 10 drops of thyme essential oil

I’m using the funky and organic essential oils from Neil’s Yard Remedies as it can’t get any more natural than this, but you’re free to try any oils you’re happy with. Just make sure you don’t use more than 10 drops of each oil as babies are quite sensitive to a large dosage.

Method: melt the coconut oil through the bain marie method, add the essential oils (I’d say no more than 10 drops if you use up to four essential oils), give it a good mix, pour into an empty jar, refrigerate until it gets into solid form and voilà! You made yourself some pretty amazingly smelling vapour rubbing delight.


NAMA tip: You can use the regular coconut oil if you don’t have any unscented one laying around the kitchen, but I always recommend the unscented version so the essential oils’ scents are not too overwhelmed by it.

So guess what! The result is pretty glamorous, I bet 5 minutes ago you didn’t believe you were capable of creating vapour rub! Now go spread the word, impress your fellas while easing the cold of those coughing little chests around the house. It’s healthy, it’s chemicals free, it’s definitely not as expensive as you may think and you can keep it for months!

Cool mums, got more wisdom to pour?

I’d love to hear from you those stories about home made remedies that work for you and the bundles.

If thirsty for more creative fun ways to enjoy motherhood and its perks, follow Allmumstalk Facebook page or you can get lots of colourful ideas from my Instagram #allmumstalk. Cool mums tweet, so throw at me your tips if braver (#allmumstalkhere)! 😉

Motherhood can be beautifully challenging yet tough. But don’t forget, cool mums and bumps, we’re all in this together 😉

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