Breathe Better This Cold and Flu Season ~ Make Your Own Vapor Rub

by 12 November 04, 2009 0 Comments

Woman in WinterThis year's cold and flu season is upon us.  That said, it is inevitable that someone close to you (maybe even you) will have some form of a cold or flu in the near future.

By blending therapeutic grade essential oils and either inhaling them through a vapor rub (recipe below) or massaging them into the skin through a carrier oil, cold, flu and minor respiratory infection symptoms can be lessened.

Use approximately 10 drops total of essential oils per 4 Tablespoons of carrier oil (such as grapeseed, sesame, jojoba or olive).  If you are making this mixture for a child, only use 1 drop per 4 Tablespoons carrier oil.

Use the following oils are listed by symptoms they treat. You may combine oils to make a blend, but don't exceed the recommended amount of 10 drops Essential Oil per 4 Tblsp carrier oil:

Constricted Airway:

  • Clary Sage
  • Cypress
  • Eycaluptus
  • Frankincense
  • Marjoram

Chesty Cough:

  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ginger
  • Myrrh
  • Pine
  • Tea Tree


  • Cajeput
  • Cedarwood
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree


  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Peppermint


  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Jasmine
  • Ylang Ylang


Add a drop or two of an antiseptic essential oil such as myrrh or tea tree to combat secondary infections that come with a cold, such as bronchitis and sinusitis. 

If you would rather a thicker balm, try this:


  • 2 oz Shea Butter
  • 1 oz Sweet Almond or Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 oz Unrefined Beeswax Shavings, Beads or Pastilles
  • 10 drops (any combination of the above) Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

1.  Melt shea butter, almond oil and beeswax in a double boiler over low heat until clear and thoroughly combined. Remove from heat & set aside.

In a small glass mixing utensil, combine all essential oils until well-blended. When the mixture from Phase 1 has cooled slightly (almost begins to get a "skin" on top), add the essential oil blend and combine thoroughly.

Pour into small jar and allow to cool completely before sealing.

You can have a great time experimenting with different oils.  This balm base doesn't have to be used for "sick time".  Try mixing it with calming oils for relaxation and good sleep.  Or, try rosemary for concentration while studying!  The possibilities are endless.

Look for premade balms for different purposes on the Eve Organics website in the future!  We're motivated to have a little fun after writing this post!

As mentioned on the website and elsewhere in the blog, if you use essential oils, always use therapeutic grade essential oils.  Other oils can be contaminated with solvents used to express the plant oils.  These chemicals taint the essential oils and are absorbed into your body when the oil is applied.  To get the desired results without putting the body at risk with undesired toxins, use therapeutic grade essential oils (these oils are pure enough to ingest).  There should be not be a warning on the bottle saying "for external use only", except for the few oils that should never be ingested.