Natural and Thrifty in 365: #17 Make Your Own Vapor Rub

With fall fast approaching, it won’t be long before we start getting those random sniffles. While vapor rubs can be great to help with breathing, many of them available at the store are filled with petroleum and other chemicals. That’s why it is great to make your own at home.

Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe


  • 1 TB of olive oil
  • 5 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
  • 5 drops of Peppermint Oil
  • 1 drop of Thyme Oil


Mix ingredients together, and rub on your chest. Avoid getting any in the eyes.

Places to purchase your oils:

Natural & Thrifty in 365 is a year-long series of 365 tips for living more green, natural and healthy while saving money. Do you have a natural and thrifty tip that you would like to share with The Thrifty Mama readers? Contact me here and let me know about it. You just might get featured as one of the 365 tips!

Loading Facebook Comments ...
  1. Awesome idea. I have been trying to make a conscience effort to use more natural items and especially to avoid using petroleum-based items when possible. I will try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Ohhh great idea! Thyme is one of my favorites and is antibacterial among other things. I’m thinking I will make this and use coconut oil to have more of a thicker paste like rub. Thanks!!

  3. I am new to natural products, but have seen a couple comments @ times about having
    To be careful w/ use of essential oils. How do you know which ones to be careful of, etc?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Password Reset
Please enter your e-mail address. You will receive a new password via e-mail.