Everyone that has experienced that stuffy congested feeling knows how unpleasant it can be. Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils can effectively open up the sinuses. They are known for their ability to clear your head and improve your breathing
Vicks Vapor Rub- Not So Natural?
Most people tend to use the familiar blue jar of Vicks when they suffer from a stuffy nose. You may think that it contains natural ingredients like eucalyptus essential oil, cedar leaf, and nutmeg, but the truth is that it contains hidden chemicals, like petrolatum, turpentine, and synthetic camphor. Vicks vapor rub contains the same turpentine that is used for a house remodel.
Petrolatum is derived from petroleum, and it is considered as extremely harmful and toxic. As you can see, that little blue jar is not that natural like you thought. Instead of using this potentially harmful Vicks Vapor Rub, you can prepare your own vapor rub that is completely natural and safe to use.
Caution: Young children (under the age of 3) are not recommended to use peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil!
Peppermint essential oil
You know that how peppermint feels cooling at first. Well, it has a high content of menthol. Mint has the ability to activate cold receptors in the nasal passages that promote clear breathing. Moreover, it helps the body to clear out congestion and heal faster by increasing the flow of fluids in the lymphatic system. It has a restorative and regenerative effect on the immune system and it moves fluid into the connective tissue.
Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus is very beneficial for all sinus-related problems. It can treat asthma, bronchitis and tuberculosis. It increases the amount of oxygen absorbed in the respiratory system, which in turn stimulates circulation and increases the oxygen. It acts as an expectorant to eliminate the excess congestion.
Beeswax and coconut oil
Coconut oil and beeswax are used in the preparation of this DIY vapor rub. They have a thick, salve consistency. The rub should linger on the chest, so you can breathe it and get relief. Coconut oil provides antimicrobial properties. When applied to the chest, it gives extra support to the immune system.
DIY Vapor Rub
You will need:
- 2 T beeswax, grated or in pellets
- 1/3 cup and 1 T coconut oil
- 30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 30 drops peppermint essential oil
- 12 drops vitamin e oil (optional)
- Small saucepan
- Metal spoon (not wooden)
- 4 oz metal tin or glass jar
In a small saucepan over a lower heat, add the beeswax and coconut oil and melt until combined. Then, remove it from the heat and let it cool. Add the essential oils and stir well. You should pour the vapor rub into a 4-ounce metal tin or glass jar and put the lid on.