Ok everyone – here is a really quick DIY that anyone can make, with only 2 or 3 ingredients, a jar, a spoon, and about 5 minutes.

What you will need:

-Aroma-free Coconut oil (cooking quality is ok)

-eucalyptus oil

-peppermint oil or menthol

(menthol is a little harder to come by but it is derived from peppermint oil)

-a small glass jar with a lid 

How to:

Take a few tablespoons of the coconut oil (for those of you who don’t know, coconut oil is fairly solid at room temperature, more like butter consistency, but melts beautifully as soon as it touches your skin) and place into the glass jar.

Add about 5 drops each of eucalyptus oil and peppermint/menthol to the coconut oil. Mix well with spoon. Lightly inhale above the jar to see if you feel that the scent is strong enough. You will want this to be a very noticeable scent, not quite enough to make your eyes water though. When you smell it, it may even make your nose run a little. 

If you feel it is too weak, add a few more drops of oils, small amount at a time, until you have reached the desired scent.

If it is too strong, add more coconut oil to dilute the scented oils.

Put a lid on it, and voila, you have your very own vapo rub, safe for children, adults, seniors, etc., and a great natural home made way to help with colds, sinus problems, allergies, and stuffy noses in general.

*TIP – if you are really congested, boil a kettle of water, pour into a large bowl, put a teaspoon of this vapo rub into it, place a towel over your head and your head over the bowl, and breathe deeply. Have some tissues on hand!