Store bought remedies can be pricey. Making your own homemade vaporub can save you money and will help ensure you know exactly what the ingredients are. This is a guide about homemade vaporub.
You can use metal tins, or moisturizer container will work as well. Size of your container will determine how much you make so ingredients are listed in parts.
Melt oil and beeswax in pan, add essential oils. Pour into your container. The salve will harden in 10 to15 minutes. If too soft, re-melt and add more beeswax. If too hard, re-melt and add more oil.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
I think it's great you can make it but for the amount of times I use it would be easier for me to buy a small jar. To buy all of the ingredients is counter productive to being thrifty in my opinion.
Vicks Vaporub works great on sore muscles and dry skin. I used it for back pain. Also great on dry skin on feet, at night rub in and sleep with white cotton socks. Amazing how soft dry spots become. Be sure not to use on open sores.
By Peggy from Cortland, OH
If you get poison ivy or other itching problems use Vick's Vapor Rub. Instant cool relief and no itching.
I too have found alternative uses for Vicks Vaporub. Unfortunately I have Sjogrens Syndrome and it causes my nasal membranes to become very dry and brittle. When applied lightly to both nostrils with a Q-tip it allows my mucous membranes to stay most and comfortable and also leaves a pleasant smell. However, be careful to use sparingly and lightly so as to not inhale or taste the excess.
It's also great for a cough; used on your feet! Rub it on the bottoms of your feet at bedtime and cover with socks. I don't know why this works, but it completely stops a nighttime cough.
I use Vick's Vaporub to stop my cats scratching on the windows & doors as they don't like the smell...citronella oil works well for this too. I find the best natural relief for back pain is using thermal supports from http://www.thermomedic.com/therapy_garments.html Vicks is also good used as an inhalation if you have a cold.