Weather tends to breed all sorts of illness and everyday we hear about children & friends with respiratory infections, croup, and even pneumonia.
Winter is the time of year that high dollar coupons forVicksVapoRub
is in the newspaper on a weekly basis.
The ingredients in Vicks are as follows: Camphor 4.8%, Eucalyptus oil 1.2%, Menthol 2.6%, Cedar leaf oil, nutmeg oil, special petrolatum, thymol and turpentine oil.
A lot of people in the mothering communities feel that this is a safe product
and is relatively natural.
I cannot get past the presence of petrolatum, or petroleum jelly.
Do you know what petroleum jelly is? It is simply a semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons. It does not oxidize with exposure to the air, and is not readily acted on by chemical reagents. It is insoluble in water. It is soluble in chloroform, benzene, carbon disulphide and oil of turpentine. Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of oil drilling. Oil drilling, you know, the kind of oil that winds up in gasoline!
Considering how absorptive our skin is and even more so our children’s tender skin, it’s imperative that we are careful what we put on our bodies.
Here is your very own vapor rub cream:
Using organic coconut oil and eucalyptus essential oil. Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, so measured out 2 Tablespoons and warm it until it was a liquid in a pan(about a minute and a half). Then, I add in 20 drops of the eucalyptus oil and mix with a spoon. Once the mixture has returned to a solid, it smears on the skin just like any other cream. Any of your Eucalyptus oils from youngliving are great.