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Monday, April 21, 2014

Homemade Baby Vapor Rub for Chest Congestion

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend. My little family enjoyed an amazing church meeting {}, then spent the evening at my mom's house with my family. There was no shortage of delicious food, PEEPS, egg hunts, dirty diet cokes and strobe light dance parties. :)

I originally posted this baby recipe on Today's the Best Day. I'm happy to share it with you today! A few months ago, Ava got sick for the very first time! She had just turned 1. Seriously - she had never been sick before. I thank breastfeeding 'til she was 1 for that (really - I don't know - but as soon as I stopped, she got sick!). The thing about being a baby is that you can't have any medicine. But poor Avabean would toss and turn all night - whimpering and coughing and being unable to suck her binky due to a stuffed up nose. I felt SO BAD as her momma not being able to do anything. 

I'd heard the rumors of putting vapor rub on baby's feet, covered by socks, and that it helps with their congestion. I'd never tried it, but wanted to try something to help my little munchkin. I've been really careful about what I give Ava as a little tot - I made all her own organic baby food when she was 6 months, she drinks a local whole milk now - yeah, I'm kind of "that" mom. But don't worry, we kick it with Chick-fil-A and diet coke as much as the other guy. :) To help Ava with her congestion, I made a homemade baby vapor rub (NO petroleum or any of the questionable oils in vapor rub). A little on her feet + socks + bedtime = a happy baby. I didn't use it all day or every day, since she was only 1, but it definitely helped the days I used it.

Please do your own research when deciding what essential oils to use for your baby! Some are safe - some are not. Even specific TYPES of the same essential oil are not ok. For example, only the Smithii variety of eucalyptus oil is OK for babies. Use what YOU are comfortable with!

The following advice was given in the Mommypotamus article where I got my recipe:

"Please note that lavender and chamomile are generally considered safe for babies under two months, eucalyptus (only the smithii variety) can be introduced at two months and tea tree can be introduced after 6 months. Essential oils are very potent so use sparingly!*

I do love using essential oils now. I'm really careful and not hard core, but Ava and I love lavender oil baths and adding a drop of lemon oil to my water bottle is a must. Like I said, do your research, but essential oils can be great.

*I purchased everything from my local organic store, Whole Foods Market, somewhere I trust*

*I used this because my baby was over 1. I don't know if I would use it younger than that, and definitely not under 6 months! I'm not experienced enough with essential oils to be comfortable doing that.*

Homemade Baby Vapor Rub

makes about 3/4 cup


4 teaspoons grated beeswax
3 tablespoons cocoa, shea or mango butter
7 tablespoons coconut oil
30 drops high quality essential oils 
(10 drops eucalyptus smithii, 10 drops tea tree, 5 drops lavender, 5 drops chamomile*)


Using a double boiler {water in pot, boiling, with bowl placed on top - don't let water touch the bottom of the bowl}, melt the grated beeswax. 

Add cocoa butter and melt. Remove from heat. Whisk in coconut oil and essential oils. Pour into container {I used a small jar I purchased from the store - could use a small mason jar - just something with a tight lid}. Store at room temperature for up to 1 year.

You can visit the Mommypotamus page for a list of other essential oils for congestion. I loved the ones I used here! 

Remember: One huge caution! When purchasing eucalyptus oil, only the SMITHII kind can be used on kids this young. Eucalpytus globulus shouldn't be used! Double check your oil bottle! I know DoTerra's eucalyptus oil is ok. Remember - do your research and double check!

I hope this homemade baby vapor rub can help your little ones when there is nothing else you can give them. It's so hard as a mom to see your baby sick or sad or anything less than perfectly happy! But it will happen and, thankfully, there's always something you can do. Even if it's just a hug, a kiss and extra snuggle time. Which is the only bonus of a sick babe.  :)

Do you have a fave use for essential oils? I'd love to hear!


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  1. Annette Belnap- Tips from a TyApril 21, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    This is awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Mmmm, I love the way vapor rub smells. Does that make me weird? :) Thanks for the DIY recipe!

  3. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by, Annette. xo

  4. Ha ha - it does smell pretty good. :) Thanks for the nice comment! :) xo

  5. Love this. Pinning so I can make. Love making things myself for the kids so I know what's in them. You can't go wrong.

  6. I love recipes like this! What a great idea and so much safer. Thanks for linking it up to Cook It! Craft It! Share It! I hope to see you back next week!

  7. I think I have everything at home to make this... I will have to whip it up tonight as both my daughter and I am sick. Thanks for posting this.

  8. Sarah @ RVA Urban MomApril 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    This is great! Wish I had this recipe a few months ago when Miss K had a bad cold - but it will be useful into the future! Pinning this to keep it handy.

  9. I totally agree - I like knowing what's in whatever I'm giving my baby, too. Thanks for stopping by! xo

  10. I love a good link party. :) xo

  11. You have everything already? You are awesome! I had to go find beeswax and the shea butter, but the oils I had. I hope it turns out well and that your daughters gets better soon, momma! xo

  12. Thanks for pinning! I'm so glad it is helpful. Take care! xo

  13. I sooo wish I had known about this when my guy was really little...I don't care for all of those terrible chemicals that seem to be in almost everything. I think I have everything but the chamomile oil! I always worry when my little guy gets the sniffles b/c I didn't know of anything I could really do for him and wind up just holding him and snuggling a he can feel better when he gets all stuffy...thought I still want my snuggles! :D Thanks! Pinning!

  14. I need to make some of this for Eli for next year. He has sensitive skin so things with less ingredients are best for us! Thanks for sharing at the MaMade Blog Hop! You've been chosen as one of this weeks features :)

  15. Thanks for pinning! I hope it helps. Glad you have all the supplies. xo

  16. Thanks for featuring my post, Michelle! I hope this helps your little guy in the future. xo

  17. Congratulations...this post was featured on Create It Thursday #52! Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea with us last week!

  18. Kim Daniels LewisMay 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    This is awesome! Pinned! Sending love your way! Lou Lou Girls

  19. Thanks for the feature, Leslie!! xo

  20. Thanks again for pinning another project!

  21. I checked your guide lines for making homemade baby vapo rub and I hope that this will work so effectively for a baby. This remedy could be best for kids but you should also share some pain relieving ointment remedy for adults.


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