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Momma, I can't sleep! My nose is stuffy...

If you're like me, you tend to prefer natural, homemade remedies over store-bought options that are full of chemicals and toxins, especially when it comes to your kiddos. But when your 6 year old can't sleep because he can't breathe through his nose, you really just want something that will work (and fast!) and that name brand jar of vapor rub starts looking a lot more appealing than it does in the daytime. Don't worry, Momma. We've gotcha covered. Today, we're sharing our favorite Kid-Friendly vapor rub recipe.


To make your vapor rub, you will need:

  • 1 ounce organic Beeswax
  • 1 ounce organic unrefined Shea Butter
  • 1 ounce organic Cocoa Butter
  • 1 ounce raw, unrefined organic Palm Kernel Oil (it's thick and creamy, like a butter)
  • 3 ounces organic Chamomile and Lavender infused Olive oil (or grapeseed, almond, coconut, jojoba, etc. - whichever carrier you like to use for herbal infusions)
  • organic Cedarwood essential oil (Cedrus atlantica or Juniperus virginiana)
  • organic Spearmint essential oil
  • organic Siberian Fir essential oil
  • organic Rosalina essential oil
  • organic Lavender (angustifolia) essential oil
  • a double boiler (I like to use a glass Pyrex measuring cup with a saucepan.)
  • a glass stirring rod
  • 3 2-ounce jars and 1 1-ounce jar OR 7 1-ounce jars (or a 7-8 ounce jar if you just want to pour it all into one container)

Step One

Melt your Beeswax in a double boiler over low heat. Once it's melted, add the Cocoa Butter and stir occasionally until it's melted.

Tip: Always start with sterilizing your jars by boiling them in water.

Step Two

Add the Palm Kernel Oil and stir until it's melted, then add in the Lavender and Chamomile infused oil. Once those are all melted together, add in the Shea Butter and remove the pot from the heat.

Step Three

Time to add the essential oils! Since we're making this for children, we are going to use a 1% dilution. For older teens and adults, you can use the recipe to make a 2% dilution.

  • 10 drops of Siberian Fir | 20 drops for adults
  • 7 drops of Rosalina | 14 drops for adults
  • 6 drops of Spearmint | 12 drops for adults
  • 6 drops of Cedarwood | 12 drops for adults
  • 6 drops of Lavender | 12 drops for adults

Stir the essential oils in well, then pour the mixture into your jars. Place the lids on the jars (you don't have to screw them on tightly yet) and leave the jars to cool. Once they've completely set up, you can add your label to the jar, secure the lid, and place them on the nightstand.

Note: The essential oils we are using in this recipe have many of the same therapeutic properties as the essential oils that are popular for vapor rubs, like Peppermint and Eucalyptus, but are safe for use with children. Because of their high 1,8 cineole content, Peppermint and Eucalyptus essential oils should not be used with young children. This recipe will be just as effective without the safety concerns. =)

I really love this combination of botanicals. The recipe is kid-friendly (most recipes include Peppermint and Eucalyptus oil, which actually need to be used with caution with young children because of some safety contraindications that come with those oils), but will also be effective for adults. The essential oils are excellent decongestants and mucolytics, helping to open up the airways and bring relief from uncomfortable respiratory symptoms. The herbal infusion we're using in this recipe will help calm and soothe the little ones so they can get some good rest even though they aren't feeling well. To use, massage the balm into the back and chest. I hope you'll give this recipe a try. =) Enjoy!

Much love,

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