All-Natural Menthol Chest Rub Recipe

Wish you could find a soothing chest rub that isn’t filled with toxins? This recipe is for you!

Store-bought chest rubs often contain harmful toxins. One easy, fun, and budget-friendly alternative is to make your own! This menthol chest rub recipe is made with 100% natural ingredients and works wonders!

What I Love About This Menthol Chest Rub Recipe

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I love the cooling sensation this recipe gives when I apply it to my skin. The essential oils in this recipe soothe congestion and other respiratory issues I’m dealing with. Best of all, I don’t have to worry about any harmful effects it may cause on my body since I’m 100% sure of what it contains.

What’s in This Menthol Chest Rub

Solid Coconut Oil

We all know the amazing effects of Solid Coconut Oil on the skin. We love using coconut oil in lip balms, moisturizers, and other recipes as it gives a solid, balm-like consistency to the recipe but also easily melts when applied topically.

Almond Oil

Almond Oil is the other carrier oil we used in this recipe. It helps dilute the essential oils to make it safe to apply on the skin. Like coconut oil, it is highly moisturizing and helps promote healthy skin.


Simply Earth’s 100% pure Beeswax is sulfate-free! It is included in this recipe to help solidify the rub.

Menthol Crystals

Menthol Crystals is the main ingredient that gives this menthol rub that cooling effect on the skin. This all-natural product is derived from peppermint plants and is a commonly used ingredient in DIY recipes like this one.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Globulus) has immune-stimulatory properties1 that help boost your immune system which can help prevent illness from coming your way.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil has such amazing properties that we made sure to include it in our list of the Top 9 Essential Oils for Cold And Flu Season.

Fir Needle Essential Oil

Fir Needle Essential Oil can promote a healthier respiratory system as it helps soothe respiratory issues.

Things to Remember When Using This Rub

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil recipe is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This recipe is generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil recipe is safe to use with kids aged 10+.

Cats may find the oils in this recipe irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this recipe as directed. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

Dogs may find the oils in this recipe irritating. However, we do not expect your dog to be disturbed if you use this recipe as directed. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

Menthol Chest Rub Recipe

DIY All-Natural Mentholated Rub Recipe


  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil (solid)

  • 2 Tbsp Almond Oil

  • 1 tsp Beeswax

  • ½ tsp Menthol Crystals

  • 25 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • 25 drops Fir Needle Essential Oil

  • Small Jar


  • In a double boiler (or microwave using short intervals), melt together the coconut oil, almond oil, and beeswax.
  • Remove from heat and add menthol crystals. Stir to melt.
  • Add essential oils and stir to mix.
  • Pour contents into a small jar. To use, remove some of the chest rub with a spoon or your fingers and apply to the chest to help support respiration while congested.


  • Tip: Before using this recipe, perform a small patch test on the inside of your arm. If any irritation occurs, wash the area with soap and apply a carrier oil or aloe vera gel to the affected area. Discontinue use if irritation occurs.

Ease Congestion With This All-Natural Rub!

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Here at Simply Earth, we are doing everything we can to help families and homes become more natural. Making this DIY Menthol Chest Rub is a great and effective way to start shifting into an all-natural lifestyle. How are you working your way to this natural shift? We’d love to hear about it on social media with @fromsimplyearth and in the comments below!

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  2. Fischer J, Dethlefsen U. Efficacy of cineole in patients suffering from acute bronchitis: a placebo-controlled double-blind trial. 2013 Nov
  3. Yang SA, Jeon SK, Lee EJ, et al. Radical Scavenging Activity of the Essential Oil of Silver Fir (Abies alba). 2009 May
  4. Fir Needle Oil. 2021 May