Homemade Vicks Vaporizer Liquid

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Last Updated on December 23, 2022

If you want to prepare homemade Vicks vaporizer liquid, you want to know just the right ingredients to use. It is also vital that you learn about the steps involved in getting it right. But before we get into the details of how a Vicks vaporizer can be beneficial to health, let’s first get to know what the topic is all about.

There are many ways you could find DIY vapors to be helpful in bath time, and except you are new to this therapy, you already know what to expect from steam vaporization. Whether it’s in a steam bath or a humidifier, there is no denying that you will find the therapy to be soothing. 

What Is Vicks Vaporizer Liquid?

If you are familiar with Vicks VapoRub, you already know a thing or two about topical ointment. And the vaporizer liquid is similar; the only difference is that this one is homemade and available in a liquid form instead of jelly-like. But jelly or liquid, this doesn’t affect the preparation’s potency so long you get it right. 

The homemade option could provide you with a readily available mix for when you need it. Plus, not to mention save money on buying expensive storage options. But whether you choose to DIY or buy from the store, having the proper preparation is key to getting the best results. Before we get into that, let’s first discuss the benefits of using homemade Vicks vaporizer liquid.

Vicks VapoSteam Medicated Liquid with Camphor, a Cough Suppressant, 8 Oz

Benefits Of Vicks Vaporizer

Whether you buy it or prepare it yourself, there are many ways you can benefit from using Vicks vaporizer, and they include:

Effective For Cold And Flu 

If you want an easy and quick solution to battle cold and flu at home, having a regular supply of Vicks vaporizer liquid could prove helpful. When appropriately made with the right essential oil mix, it could help decongest the respiratory system resolving issues of cold and flu. 

Safe For Cough, Nasal Congestion, And Running Nose

You can also find it helpful in resolving nasal and chesty congestions resulting from a cough or a running nose. Adding eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil to the therapy could help clear the throat and airways, making it easy for you to breathe correctly. 

Sore Throat 

It could be tricky using Vicks vaporub for sore throat since it is toxic when ingested. But applying it to the neck and chest region could offer relief from all that soreness. You can also find other effective home remedies for dealing with a sore throat if you don’t want to ingest the preparation. 

Sore Throat - Vicks Vaporizer Liquid

How To Make Homemade Vicks Vaporizer Liquid

With the right ingredients, you can get it done without breaking a sweat. And when it comes to making such preparation, you want to have everything you need. You will need an ingredient to use as a base for the preparation. And when it comes to ingredients that are safe for skin and hair treatment, I usually trust coconut oil. 

With the base settled, you can then consider soothing options that can help improve the preparation potency. And this is where essential oils may be helpful. With the proper selection of essential oils for muscle health, you can get a potent preparation for relieving many skin challenges and promoting relaxation for the mind and body. To get started, below are the ingredients you will need to make good preparation. 


  • Coconut oil 
  • Eucalyptus essential oil 
  • Peppermint essential oil 
  • Mixing bowl 
  • Glass jar 


  • Mix all the ingredients in the bowl, and stir continuously. The ratio of ingredients to use will depend on how much of the mix you need. Ideally, you can use a ratio of 5:10:10. This means for every 5 tablespoons of coconut oil you use, include 10 drops of essential oil. This should be enough to pack a heavy punch that can provide results. 
  • Once done, collect the mixture into the glass jar can seal it properly. Store in a cool, dry place for when you need to use it. 
How To Make Homemade Vicks Vaporizer Liquid

How To Use 

The best way to apply Vicks vaporizer is on the chest or feet as these are parts of the body where it can quickly be absorbed into the body. For cough, cold, and running nose, a chest application could work faster. And if you want to sleep and relax, rubbing it deep into the feet could help relax the muscles for a good night’s sleep. 

Can You Put Too Much Vicks in a Vaporizer?

You know how they say less is more? The same applies to this case too! It’s not the smartest idea to use too much Vicks VapoRub in the vaporizer. The manufacturer recommends using only a small amount of Vicks VapoRub, about a teaspoon, in a vaporizer or humidifier. Based on some studies, it has been proven that it can have severe effects on breathing, especially in young children because it may cause irritation to the respiratory system, stimulate mucus production, and airway inflammation.

What Kind of Water to Use in Vicks Vaporizer?

It is recommended to use tap water or distilled water in a Vicks vaporizer. Tap water is safe to use in a vaporizer as long as it is free of all kinds of contaminants. If you are concerned about the quality of your tap water or if it obviously has an odd taste and smell, you can use distilled water instead. In any case, make sure that the water is clean because it is the safest way to prevent the accumulation of mineral deposits and to ensure that the vaporizer is functioning properly.

How Much Steam Should Come Out of a Vicks Humidifier?

In a nutshell, the amount of steam produced by a Vicks humidifier is determined by the model itself and its settings. In addition, things also depend on the humidity level in the room, the humidity setting on the humidifier, as well as the size of the room. What we particularly appreciate are the features of certain Vicks humidifiers, namely, some of them have multiple settings that allow you to adjust the amount of steam you want the device to produce.

How Do You Put Liquid Vicks in a Humidifier?

To put liquid Vicks in a humidifier you should follow these steps:

  • Fill the humidifier with clean water. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions so you don’t pour in the wrong amount of water.
  • Add the recommended amount of liquid Vicks to the water. The amount of liquid Vicks that should be used depends on the size of the humidifier as well as on the strength of the scent you want to get.
  • Turn on the humidifier and place it in the center of the room. To customize the quantity of steam or mist generated, feel free to adjust the humidifier settings as needed.

How Long Can You Use Vicks Vaporizer?

It is generally safe to use a Vicks vaporizer for as long as you need to alleviate symptoms of congestion or respiratory issues. However, keep in mind that although it is considered to be one of the safest home remedies if done right, it is very possible to injure yourself unintentionally if you aren’t careful enough with it.

Furthermore, it is best to use a vaporizer for a few hours at a time, with intervals in between to allow your respiratory system to rest. Sometimes you may want to feel better, sleep more peacefully or just have a comforting scent, in which case all you need to do is use a vaporizer like you would a regular humidifier to add moisture and a comforting scent to your air.

Finally, if you plan to use it on children (not under two years of age), you should carefully monitor the child and follow the instructions on the package or consult a healthcare professional for advice.

Can You Use Vicks in a Humidifier For Baby?

This is a question on which even experts can hardly agree. Most of them claim that it is completely safe to use vaporizers or humidifiers in your baby’s room as long as you follow all safety guidelines. However, some believe that inhaling any similar substance can potentially be harmful to the baby’s respiratory system. Here’s what some research says.

In any case, it’s up to you to consult with your pediatrician or healthcare provider to make sure you objectively look at all the pros and cons of this method and make a decision without negatively impacting your baby’s health.

What Temperature of Water Do You Put in a Vicks Vaporizer?

It would be best to fill your Vicks vaporizer with water that is between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to 43 degrees Celsius), as it is guaranteed to allow the vaporizer to effectively release steam and provide relief from congestion and other cold and flu symptoms.

Final Note 

There are many alternatives to choose from when looking for natural options to tackle cold and flu. Using a homemade Vicks vaporizer liquid could very well provide relief from the condition.

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