An idea was born. I could make a salve-like ointment thing (I don't really know what the differences are in those terms, but whatever. I don't need to. You know what I mean) that could be made in different strengths, depending on where the user wanted to apply it. I made a very mild one to dab under my nostrils, but you could increase the eucalyptus to whatever level you'd like to make a much stronger version to rub on the chest or throat like the Vick's VapoRub you'd buy at the store (and spend way more for).
It should be noted that my version doesn't contain camphor oil or menthol like the storebought version, so it won't be as effective for muscle aches and other topical pain relief applications, but it has fewer potential side effects as well (and I didn't want it for topical pain relief anyway, just for clearing out a stuffy nose and/or helping with cough). The smell of menthol also makes me feel like I'm going to vomit, and using it in the form of peppermint burns my skin, but if you'd like to add either of these oils back in, you may want to keep in mind that the proportion of the three oils in Vicks VapoRub is approximately 5 parts camphor, 2 parts menthol, and 1 part eucalyptus, so you could reduce the amount of eucalyptus oil you use and add the others in those proportions or vary it according to your personal preference.
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Anyhoo, here is my mild-enough-to-stick-in-my-nostrils version (just to clarify, I'm talking about just inside the rim, not nose-picker zones). Like I said, you may want to increase the strength of the oils used if you have a different use in mind.
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbsp shredded beeswax
40+ drops of eucalyptus oil
Gently heat the olive oil. Remove from heat. Add beeswax and stir until melted and dissolved. Add oil. Pour into a opaque container for storage (you can use a clear glass container if you make sure it doesn't get left out in the light) and let cool to solidify before using.