It’s this time of year. The nights are cold, it’s raining a fair bit and we are a lot more prone to getting a cold. A home-made vapour rub can help you breathe easier. Just apply to your chest before going to bed.

This recipe has been tested by our chairperson Sarah and all ingredients are available at your Co-Op.

Total Time: 30 minutes |30-60 uses


¼ cup olive oil

½ cup coconut oil

¼ cup grated bees wax

20 drops peppermint essential oil*

20 drops eucalyptus essential oil*

Glass jar


Pour the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax into a jar.

Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water over medium low heat.

Place jar in saucepan and allow oils to melt. Stir to combine.

Once combined, allow to cool slightly and add in essential oils.

Pour mixture into metal tins or storage containers and allow to set.

Photo taken from Going Ever Green.

*Always be careful with essential oils, especially on skin. If in doubt, please ask a health practicioner for advice.