When a cold and cough comes about, VapoRub usually gets pulled out of a cabinet in the hopes of soothing irritation and relieving cough. While it often does the trick, studies suggest that Vicks VapoRub can do more harm than good, especially in children.
The commonly used rub was found to increase mucus that could obstruct air passages. Another study conducted by Bruce K. Rubin, M.D. of the department of pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine showed that the rub can cause respiratory distress in children. VapoRub is often used for a variety of health-related issues, but you may be taking a risk by using it when it comes to unwanted side effects.
Thankfully, there are natural ways to relieve a cough, sore muscles and other ailments that VapoRub is commonly used for. Making an essential oil rub for specific ailments can help relieve pain and discomfort more effectively and naturally.
The next time you reach for some VapoRub, try these essential oil remedies instead:
1. Lavender and Peppermint Oil for Migraine Relief
Lavender and peppermint are two essential oils that work to relieve headaches and migraines. Lavender oil boasts therapeutic properties that help treat headaches by relieving stress and anxiety. Peppermint oil has a cooling effect on the skin, and it works by inhibiting muscle contractions while stimulating blood flow in the forehead when applied topically.
2. Eucalyptus Oil and Oregano Oil for Cold and Flu
Essential oils work wonders for cold and flu relief. Eucalyptus oil acts as a decongestant to soothe respiratory problems and relieve labored breathing — similar to VapoRub. Oregano oil is a proven antibacterial that can be used to fight sinus infections and help give the body a healing boost.
3. Sage Oil for Stretch Marks
Instead of trying to lessen the appearance of stretch marks using VapoRub, try some essential oils. Sage oil is antibacterial and it boasts therapeutic effects. It helps to stimulate blood flow to improve blood circulation and recover damaged skin.
4. Lavender Oil for Sore Muscles
The most commonly used essential oil when it comes to pain relief is lavender. Not only does it boast a therapeutic and relaxing aroma, it’s a natural antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. The aroma calms the body while the anti-inflammatory properties work to soothe sore muscles.
5. Basil Oil for Earaches
VapoRub can be used to reduce pain from an earache, but it can also cause an ear infection in the process. Basil is an anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial that will treat any possible ear infection, while also working to eliminate pain by relaxing the muscles.
6. Tea Tree Oil for Nail Fungus
While it’s not usually an openly discussed problem, many people battle nail fungus. The best essential oil for treating nail fungus is tea tree oil. It naturally fights infection and is known for its antiseptic properties. Topically applying tea tree oil to the nail can cure fungal infections and improve the health and appearance of nails.
Homemade Essential Oil Rub
– 2 drops Essential Oil or Oils of your choice
– 1 tablespoon extra-virgin coconut oil
Just mix all ingredients together in a glass jar. Label the jar, so you know the contents.
Caution: It is not advised to use any essential oil on babies less than 3 months of age, and some essential oils are not safe for children. Do thorough research before using essential oils on children. Some oils need to be diluted before use, and some skin types are sensitive to essential oils.