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It’s that time again- cold and flu season.

No matter how careful we are, at some point, we’re all exposed to some form of it. The throaty cough, the sinus pressure, the chest congestion. Yuck. I’m not a fan.

Luckily, there are a few simple home remedies that you can whip up in minutes to help fight off the symptoms- like this easy, DIY cold and congestion rub.

Just a few ingredients and you’ll have a homemade version of vapor rub that will have you breathing easier in no time!

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You’ll need:

1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1 tsp Peppermint Essential Oil
1 tsp Lemon Essential Oil
2 tsp Eucalyptus Oil

Here’s a close-up of the essential oils used in this recipe. I LOVE Nature’s Oil brand of essential oils. They’re therapeutic grade and high quality which makes every product I use is excellent.


Begin by melting down the coconut oil. You can do this by popping the bowl in the microwave and heating it on high for about a minute (or until all solid pieces of the oil have melted seamlessly into liquid).

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Next, stir in the essential oils. You can adjust the amounts that I used to suit your preference, but I found that the amounts listed above yielded the vaporizing aroma and effect that I was aiming for. Be sure the stir well so that each essential oil is evenly blended into the mixture.

Carefully transfer the mixture into a lidded jar and allow to cool completely before use. The liquid will solidify as it cools resulting in a firm, white mixture that will melt with body temperature when massaged into the skin.

UScreen Shot 2015-01-14 at 9.54.51 AMse for chest congestion and sinus relief by massaging over the chest and neck.

Don’t suffer through the cold season- fight it!!

Let us know if you make this recipe or any others from our blog!

Looking for the best essential oils? Check out our website for the best essential oils and organic essential oils for crafting, soap making, candle making, and more! 

Bulk Apothecary makes no claims of “expert status” and the company will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the use of the information found on this website.

As with all products, users should test a small amount prior to normal extended use. If pregnant or suffering from illness, consult a doctor before use. 

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