VapoRub, it’s an old stand-by used by millions of people to help ease congestion and coughs. However, even VapoRub is full of yucky ingredients; mainly petrolatum and turpentine oil. Turpentine oil? Really?
Both of these ingredients are not good for the body. Petrolatum, which is actually banned in EU cosmetics, is linked with organ toxicity. Turpentine oil is an immune system toxin, organ toxin, and is an irritant. It’s toxic to children in as little as 3 teaspoons! Why anybody would put turpentine oil in a product is beyond me. There are tons of safe alternatives.
The good news is that VapoRub is incredibly easy to make! You do need to invest in a few essential oils but they are good to have on hand any way and only cost $3-5 for a bottle that will last quite a while so long as you don’t add them to any and everything like I do.
Place oil into a small container and add in essential oils. Mix well.
Then just rub on chest, under nose (carefully) and even feet. Rubbing on the feet and then covering with socks is said to be one of the safest and most effective areas to use a vaporub.
This has quickly become a favorite product in our family when we are dealing with a cold. As I said, this is such an easy recipe to make and it can be used by anyone. So ditch the store bought, chemical laden stuff and start making your own!
Please note that Rosemary essential oil is not recommended for children under 6 years old and Eucalyptus is not recommended for children under 10 years old. A safe alternative is Fir essential oil for those interested in using VapoRub on kids under 10 years.
Not sure where to get all these products? Here’s what I use: Rosemary Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Coconut Oil. Note: these links are affiliate links. I receive a commission from affiliate links however there is no extra cost for you; you are simply supporting a blogger.