FACT: Everything you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body.
If this were not true, nicotine patches, pain patches, and birth control patches would not be effective. The most recognized VapoRub is a petroleum product and I do not recommend using that on your body. Additionally, it is a camphor-containing product and camphor is associated with causing seizures.
The replacement recipe is simple. The base is organic coconut oil. Add 2-3 drops organic eucalyptus essential oil and 1-2 drops organic peppermint essential oil. For children, massage into the soles of the feet. For adults, you could put a small amount on the chest as well.
And if you have a common virus, keep this in mind:
“Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” — Hippocrates
If you use the remedies nature provides us in food (chicken soup, honey, raw garlic, herbs…) you will be SO MUCH better off. :)
- Misuse of Vicks VapoRub may harm infants and toddlers: Irritant causes the body to produce more mucus (engineeringevil.com)
- The Vicks VapoRub Debate (everydayhealth.com)
- 160 Reasons to Stock Coconut Oil in Your Larder (survivalsherpa.wordpress.com)