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Years ago, I shared my original vapor rub recipe with everyone and I didn’t mention that it was only for ages 10 and over… because I didn’t know that some essential oils are not safe for kids under 10 years! I now realize that essential oils need to be used safely, and that post has now been updated and it I now only recommend that recipe for 10 and over. However, that left me in need of a kid friendly vapor rub. One that parents could use on their little ones without any potentially harmful ingredients.
Yes, harmful ingredients like petrolatum and turpentine but even potentially harmful essential oils. Essential oils are powerful things and just because they are natural doesn’t mean that you can use them however you like! My original blend used eucalyptus and rosemary essential oil but eucalyptus shouldn’t be used on kids under 10 years and rosemary shouldn’t be use on kids under 6.
This kid friendly vapor rub opts for pine essential oil. Pine essential oil is a much gentler (but still very effective) reparatory essential oil. Pine (or you can replace with Fir if you like) is a great decongestant and is antibacterial and antiviral as well!
Lavender essential oil is added in for a few reasons. It’s a very very gentle essential oil but don’t let that trick you into thinking it can’t do much! Lavender is antiseptic and antibacterial. It can also gently open up air ways. I also probably do not need to mention that lavender is a great “sleepy time” essential oil and if you are a parent with a sick kid, you know all too well that you want something to help them sleep!
Kid Friendly Vapor Rub
In a double boiler (or your make shift version of a double boiler), melt coconut oil and beeswax.
Remove from heat and stir in essential oils.
Pour into a clean jar and allow to cool before placing a lid on.
Rub on chest, back, and even feet. Rubbing on the feet and then covering with socks is said to be one of the safest and most effective areas to use vapor rub.