What is your go-to with stuffiness, nasal drainage and as your chest rub? Is Vicks VapoRub on the nightstand ready for combat? I’ll tell you, it was for me. The soothing peppermint-like scent that waded into my nostrils, clearing out any congestion I had and to relieve common colds. It was wonderful.Until I learned that there are safer and healthier ways to get the same effect. Environmental Working Group is an organization that researches the safety of the products we put on our skin. And we have to be super careful these days with the products we use because they can be filled with toxins.
IMPORTANCE OF EVALUATING SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
The skin is the largest organ of the body, and whatever gets applied to it goes into every cell within seconds. So if we are applying toxic or chemical-laden ingredients into our skins, our cells notice (and they react!). And cellular health is SO important because cells run the body. So do we want our bodies running on chemicals or nutrients? I choose the latter!
Vicks VapoRub is one of the most popular decongestants used in every household — mostly applied under our nostrils, on our temples, and mostly used in our throats and as chest rubs. But there are studies that show ingredients in Vicks can cause short- and long-term ill health effects, especially when used continuously. That’s why proper usage of this product is advised and should only be used externally. Camphor which is one of the main ingredients of this brand of vapor rub can negatively impact your entire body, which can cause various types of reactions like irritated skin, long-term allergy reactions (sneezing, coughing, stuffiness — ironic, huh?), potential immune reactions that could lead to cancerous cells, and organ system toxicity. Yikes!
For mommies who want to soothe the nasal congestions and relieve common colds of your little ones, pls. be reminded that the Vicks VapoRub is a big no-no to them as it can cause potential hazards especially for babies below 2 years old. Luckily, they offer Vicks BabyRub Soothing Vapor Ointment for your little one. It is helpful to check the ingredients and potential concerns for this product through this EWG researches.
So what can we do to avoid these harmful consequences but still achieve the same soothing effect?
NATURAL REMEDY FOR COUGH & NASAL CONGESTION
The Solution: Make Your Own Natural Vapor Rub!
What you need :
- Coconut oil
- Good quality peppermint oil (from reputable brands like doTerra and Young Living)
- Mix 2-4 tbs of coconut oil with 1-2 drops of peppermint oil in a mason jar.
- Apply to the bottom of your nose, cheeks, and/or bottom of your feet (at night- put on socks, and the oils will help detox your body).
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