Congestion and coughs, due to flu and colds, are often treated with the popular Vicks VapoRub topical cream. However, according to one study about this product, it has been established that it has ingredients which “can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway.” This cream can even obstruct toddlers and infants’ breathing ability, according to a research published in the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) peer-reviewed journal.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Rubin announced in the media: “The ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway. Infants and young children have airways that are much narrower than those of adults, so any increase in mucus or inflammation can narrow them more severely.” One of Vick’s ingredients is Petrolatum, which causes cancer.
“Among the studies linking the petrolatum impurity PAHs [polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons] to breast cancer is a Columbia University study in which researchers found that the breast tissue of women with breast cancer was 2.6 times more likely to contain elevated levels of PAHs bound to DNA (called DNA adducts) than the breast tissue of women without breast cancer (Rundle et al. 2000). Serious questions need to be answered over the safety of petrolatum or petroleum jelly as it is more commonly known.”
Moreover, there has been no evidence what so ever that Vick’s cream helps with anything. You can make a homemade chest rub with eucalyptus oil, to protect your loved ones from the cream’s hazardous side effects. Eucalyptus contains couple of antispasmodic, anti-harmful organism, expectorant, and decongestant compounds. Cineole, which is one of its main components, is an expectorant, fights upper respiratory problem, as well as eases coughs. Even less than two tablespoons of camphor can cause extreme neurological effects, as well as risk death. Don’t forget that kids under 10 aren’t supposed to take eucalyptus, and those under 6 shouldn’t take peppermint.
Vicks VapoRub Provoke Serious Respiratory Problems. Instead, Use This!
Homemade Chest Rub
2 drops lemon essential oil
1 tablespoon extra-virgin coconut oil
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil, for kids under 10 you can use melaleuca oil as a replacement
Just mix all ingredients together and your homemade rub is ready. Rub it on your chest and upper back.