By making your own vaporub you ensure yourselves that all the ingredients are with the top quality and you are not adding harmful preservatives in them. Besides that, you can make it with different fragrances.
Known worldwide for its decongestant, the “vaporub” (as popularly said) serves for better breathing and relieves the symptoms of colds and flu. With a simple chest massage with some of this medicine, the nostrils are uncovered and the cold is reduced. Would you like to prepare your own Vaporub at home? Find out how to do it in the following article.
There are the three active ingredients of this remedy: menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oil. Its decongestant action acts by improving the cold receptors of the nose, which causes a great feeling of freshness in the respiratory tract and increases the air flow. On the other hand, it has an action against dry cough and at the same time, relieves the symptoms of the cold and the flu very quickly. The topical application is through a massage or deep inhalation, which promises to reduce the discomfort in only five minutes. The Vaporub sold in pharmacies is not indicated for people with chronic lung diseases, emphysema, asthma, whooping cough, obstructive recurrent bronchitis, pregnant women and children who are under six.
For what else can the Vaporube be used?
Besides having very good properties for relieving the flu, the nasal congestion and the cold, the Vaporub can be used for:
When you come home after a busy day at work, you can spread a good amount of this ointment and leave the legs up, supported on a cushion, for example. You can also use it before going to sleep, placing socks and letting it act overnight.
This medicine based on menthol and eucalyptus is very good for migraines. Simply apply a little on the sides of the head (the temples) or the forehead, making circular massages. In a few minutes the tension and the pain will be relived.
Removes rashes, blackheads and pimples on the skin
This is not “scientifically proven” but there are many people who use it to have the most beautiful face. Put a small amount on the affected areas before going to sleep and let it act overnight.
Relieves sore muscles
When you exercise or play sports, your muscles are sore the next day. A good way to avoid this problem is doing a massage with Vaporub. This in turn will help you to increase the blood circulation.
Reduces skin irritation
It is also very popular ointment that is used for skin irritation. This cream should be applied on the skin to treat the rosacea or the red spots. It applies like a mask at night and in the morning you can go on the street protected from the sun or from the wind.
Recipes for homemade Vaporub
These simple recipes can serve you to have the natural version of Vaporub, with ingredients you can get at many different sites. And with the same effects!
Recipe No. 1 for homemade Vaporub
The ingredients needed are:
- 100 ml of coconut oil (it can also be almond oil or olive oil)
- 20 drops of essential oil of eucalyptus
- 10 drops of essential oil of rosemary
- 20 drops of essential oil of mint
- 200 grams of cocoa butter.
Put the cocoa butter in a bathing water to simmer. When it is liquid, remove it from the heat and add coconut oil (or oil by your choice), always stirring to integrate well. Finally, pour one of the essential oils, stirring it constantly. When you get a homogeneous mixture, make a jar from opaque glass with a tight lid. Put it in a dark place and wait to solidify. You can keep it in the jar for a year. Use it whenever you want.
Recipe No. 2 for homemade Vaporub
In this case, it takes more of ingredients, although they are all very easy to get, do not worry. They are:
- 120 ml of olive oil
- 240 ml of coconut oil
- 170 ml of beeswax (grated)
- 35 drops of essential oil of eucalyptus
- 30 drops of essential oil of mint
- 15 drops of essential oil of rosemary
- 15 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of essential oil of camphor.
Pour a little water in a saucepan and then into a smaller pot put all the ingredients together. Heat the bathing water and stir it until it is well blended and the wax is melted.
Pour it into a glass bowl and leave it on room temperature to cool down and to solidify. Use is not recommended at children under two years.
Recipe No. 3 for homemade Vaporub
Unlike the other two, in this case we have a recipe that is suitable for babies. Home remedies are a good option to relieve symptoms of the cold at young children, because you do not give toxins or chemicals at an early age. The ingredients you need are:
- ¼ cup (60 ml) of coconut oil
- 12 drops of essential oil of eucalyptus.
Heat the coconut oil and add the eucalyptus oil. Mix it well and let it cool. An hour later it has been cooled and solidified. If you do not get eucalyptus oil, you can opt for lavender or chamomile (for infants less than two months) or tea tree (for babies over six months).