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Baporu: Make Your Own Vapor Rub

Submitted by on March 1, 2012 – 7:23 am18 Comments

Vicks Vapor rub jar by thisisbossi on Flickr

‘Bic Baporu’ Fixes All

Vicks Vapor-rub jar by Lord Biro on FlickrMemories of childhood winter colds: The Vicks rub down, followed by a tissue placed on my chest.

Vicks Vaporub– or bic baporu  – and colds — they just go together, si? I just know you, gente, have the same memories of the vaporub!

And even now, as an adult, it is like a safety blanket that I keep in the medicine cabinet por si acaso.

If my daughter gets a cold or a cough, my Mami’s voice is immediately on the other end of the phone line with: “Ponle Vicks.”

However, I confess that last year during one of the worst cold/flu/illnesses of my life — one that lasted three months — I bought generic vapor rub and immediately felt I had betrayed every Latin ounce of my DNA and failed countless Mamis who have relied on the real deal to help their nenes breathe better. (I blame my betrayal on la fiebre!)

Make Your Own Vapor Rub

But, I can’t tell you how blown away I was to recently discover You Can Make Your Own Vapor Rub. It isn’t betrayal if you make your own — it is genius resourcefulness. It’s like un cocimiento that abuela makes you, a homemade recipe, a remedy, for wellness hecho con amor.

So, here for you — oh people devoted to el baporu — are some links to homemade vapor rub with natural ingredients.

Wanna make some and compare? (I’m off to the holistic pharmacy pronto to try!)

Quick Homemade Vapor Rub by Crunchy Betty uses beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, peppermint essential oil, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. She put the mix in a little baby food jar. Que cute!

Congestion Rub via Mexican Wildflower contains lavender, peppermint, ginger, and other interesting ingredients.

Vapor rub by earthnotes uses non-petrolium gel, sweet almond oil, eucalyptus essential oil and tea tree oil. The caution is to not put it directly on

And, if you don’t want to make your own rub, just drop some eucalyptus and/or rosemary oil on a small cloth, or put in a vaporizer.

Cool, huh?

FYI, I pinned these recipes to a Home and Health natural cleaners and remedies board on the Tiki Tiki Blog Pinterest.

(And, remember, I ain’t no doctora, so use at your own risk…)


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