Forest Breath Balm: A Natural Vapor Rub Recipe

Simply Earth’s Forest Breath Balm offers the benefits of the forest air in a compact jar. This natural vapor rub recipe can help support your respiration and make breathing easier. No need for that store bought chest rub!

What’s in This Natural Vapor Rub Recipe?

Coconut Oil (Solid)

One key ingredient that brings this recipe together is the Solid Coconut Oil. It helps make the balm into a perfectly smooth consistency for easy application and also has moisturizing properties that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated.

Almond Oil

This natural vapor rub is made with only the best natural ingredients, including Almond Oil as one of its base oils. Almond Oil is a wonderful carrier oil that’s perfect for mixing with essential oils. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and easily absorbed by the skin. Not only that, but it’s also packed with nutrients, like vitamin E and fatty acids, that help keep skin soft and supple.


Beeswax adds a natural strength to the recipe, allowing it to keep its solid form. This resinous, honey-scented substance is nature’s powerful binder and also serves as an emollient, helping to keep your skin soft and moisturized even as the rub soothes your chest. 

Menthol Crystals

This Forest Breath Balm recipe incorporates menthol crystals, a powerful ingredient that can offer some much-needed relief. When applied, this balm provides a refreshing, cold sensation that can help open up your airways and alleviate congestion, making it easier to breathe and feel more comfortable.

Breathe Easy Essential Oil Blend

Here at Simply Earth, we know how important respiratory health is, which is why we included this blend as an ingredient in our Forest Breath Balm recipe. Breathe Easy Blend features a carefully crafted mixture of Fir Needle, Frankincense, Cedarwood, and Myrrh Essential Oils, perfect for soothing and supporting your respiratory system – all while harnessing the power of nature.

Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential Oil is known for its immune-boosting properties, making it the perfect addition to a comforting chest rub. But that’s not all – this essential oil can also promote a sense of calm and balance, helping to center both the mind and body.

Ravensara Essential Oil

With its soothing properties, Ravensara Essential Oil can help soothe congestion and ease the discomfort of coughs and colds. Plus, it has been shown to help bolster your immune system, giving you an added layer of protection against seasonal illnesses.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil boasts immunity-boosting properties and is also known for its ability to promote a sense of calm and relaxation. In a world that often feels hectic and overwhelming, taking a moment to center yourself can be truly life-changing.

Things to Remember When Using This Recipe

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. 

Some essential oil recipes are not 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+.

For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

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

Forest Breath Balm Recipe

Forest Breath Balm: A Natural Vapor Rub Recipe

Time: 5 min + cool time
Dilution Rate: 3%
Estimated Shelf Life: 1 year
Yield: 4fl oz


  • ¼ cup coconut oil (solid)

  • 2 Tbsp almond oil

  • 1 tsp beeswax

  • ½ tsp menthol crystals

  • 20 drops Breathe Easy Essential Oil Blend

  • 20 drops Cypress Essential Oil

  • 5 drops Ravensara Essential Oil

  • 5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

  • 4oz glass jar with lid


  • 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 jar.


  • 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 water and apply a carrier oil or aloe vera gel to the affected area. Discontinue use if irritation occurs.

How to Use This Natural Vapor Rub

If you’re feeling congested and looking for a natural way to support your respiratory system, you might want to give Forest Breath Balm a try. The best way to use it? Simply scoop out a bit with a spoon or your fingers and apply it to your chest, the bottoms of your feet, and even down your spine. Just be sure to avoid the nose and mouth area, as menthol can be irritating to mucous membranes.

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