As parents, there’s no doubt that once or twice we’ve experienced “the stickies” like nasal congestion that seem to follow our kids around wherever they go.
Occasionally it’s not a problem- I’ve seen more than a few kids running around mindless of their runny nose.
But sometimes the nasal congestion, especially when followed by a cough, can interfere with sleep and overall general well-being.
When this situation arises, don’t run straight for the OTC (Vicks) rub. It can be unsafe and you can easily whip up your own version, without all the bad stuff.
Here’s a simple recipe that is safe and that works for people of all ages.
You will need:
- 10-15 drops of essential oil for scent (eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, lavender, any combination, etc.)
- a half cup of coconut oil or olive oil
- 1-2 tablespoons of beeswax pastilles, candelilla wax or palm shortening
melt 1-2 tablespoons of wax in a double boiler and when it has just finished up melting, mix in a half cup of olive oil or coconut oil along with the essential oils you’ve chosen to use.
Stir all that goodness together until it’s completely mixed and then put into a container with a tight-fitting cover and Allow it infuse for 24 hours.
Dispose After a couple of months (since you’ve been sticking your fingers in it) and make a new batch.
Vapor Rub Tips
- Usage of olive oil makes a liquid rub, while usage of the wax yields a solid rub
- If being prepared for a small child, use half the recipe.
- Always remember to dilute the essential oils
- You can buy beeswax pastilles (chips) at any health food store, or you can order it online. The same goes for candelilla wax/palm shortening.
- You can experiment with different ratios depending on how you want it. If you want it thicker, put more wax, and vice versa. Find out what smells work best, and try to discover a great blend.
Vicks can be harmful to kids. It has ingredients that act as irritants which the body reacts to – producing even more mucous.
That might not be a big issue for an adult, but for youngsters under the age of 2, that irritation can cause a whole lot of problems.
An infant or young child’s airway is much thinner than ours, which means increased mucus and swelling affects them more severely and makes breathing that much more of a struggle.
That struggle can cause upper-respiratory problems, and some reported cases of them have been quite horrid.
Vicks also contains turpentine oil, which won’t be healthy rubbing on a little one’s chest.
The menthol in Vicks Vapor Rub that deceives the brain into thinking the body can breathe easier because of the cold feeling it causes.
That cold sensation is processed as indicating more airflow, which is why it makes you feel better but doesn’t actually aid you to breathe better.
Note: If been prepared for a child, always dilute by putting a higher ration of olive or coconut oil and a lower ratio of essential oil, and use as small as needed.
Never apply directly beneath your child’s nose. Use only on the chest, and for infants try rubbing on the feet.