Kid-Safe Sleepy Bug Chest Rub With Essential Oils

Maybe it’s the sound of sniffles in the next room that has you searching for a product to help soothe your kid’s respiratory system. Or maybe it’s just that time of year when everyone around you has a cold and you’re trying to do everything possible to avoid getting sick yourself. Whatever the reason, you’ve landed on this Kid-Safe Sleepy Bug Chest Rub With Essential Oils and you’re wondering if it’s worth a try.

Here’s the thing: sometimes a natural nudge towards wellness can be all our bodies need. And while there is no guarantee that using this product will prevent your kid from ever getting sick, using it can certainly help them (and you) feel better when they do end up catching a bug. So go ahead and give it a try – your kid (and their stuffy nose) will thank you for it!

What I Love About This Chest Rub Recipe 

When the kids are cranky and under the weather, I like to use this all-natural chest rub to soothe them. It works great and also seems to help calm them down.

What’s in This Sleepy Bug Chest Rub Recipe?

Solid Coconut Oil

Solid coconut oil is the base of this recipe. Not only does it help the skin to absorb the essential oils, but it’s also an effective way to moisturize and protect the skin.


Cornstarch helps cut the greasy feeling of the oils in this recipe.

Almond Oil

Almond oil is often lauded for its ability to moisturize the skin without leaving a greasy residue. That’s why we love using it in this chest rub recipe. It’s lightweight yet rich in nutrients, making it an ideal option for a natural way to keep the skin healthy.


The beeswax in this chest rub helps to create a more firm consistency. This makes it easier to apply and less messy. It also gives the product a nicer texture and helps to keep skin hydrated.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood Essential Oil is an effective respiratory support, making it a valuable addition to chest rub recipes. It also has been used to promote rest and relaxation.

“Homemade” Paperboard Tube

A paperboard tube is a great way to store your homemade chest rub recipe. It is easy to use and allows you to easily dispense the chest rub. They are also recyclable and a convenient, cost-effective way to store your chest rub recipe.

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. 

If you are pregnant, consult your doctor prior to use.

This recipe is safe to use with kids aged 2+.

This essential oil recipe is generally safe to use around cats. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post.

This essential oil recipe is generally safe to use around dogs. 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

Sleepy Bug Chest Rub Recipe

Kid-Safe Sleepy Bug Chest Rub With Essential Oils

Time: 10 minutes
Est. Shelf Life: 1 year
Yield: ~3.4 oz; ~100 mL
Dilution Rate: ~0.5%


  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp coconut oil (solid)

  • 2 tsp cornstarch*

  • 2 tsp almond oil

  • 1 tsp beeswax

  • 10 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil

  • “Homemade” paperboard tube or a small jar


  • In a double boiler (or microwave using short intervals), melt the coconut oil, almond oil, and beeswax together.
  • Remove from heat and stir in essential oils.
  • Add the cornstarch and stir.
  • Pour mixture into a 2 oz push-up container. If the mixture is too solid to pour, briefly place it on the heat.
  • To use, apply to the chest before bedtime. Safe for kids 2+. 


  • Tip: To up the strength of this recipe using a 3% dilution rate, follow the recipe by adding 20 drops of Eucalyptus (safe for kids 10+).

Support Your Child’s Health and Sleep Habits

If you’re looking for a natural way to help your kids with congestion and get them on the path to good sleep, Sleepy Bug Chest Rub is definitely worth checking out. This product has been a lifesaver for us during cold and flu season, and I know it will be a staple in our home from now on. Has anything like this worked well for your family? We’d love to hear about it on social media with @fromsimplyearth and in the comments below!

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