Vicks Vapor Rub has been under studies recently and what was found was astounding. Instead of helping with clearing the respiratory system it actually clogs it even more. The study found that it contains ingredients that act as irritants and cause the body to create more mucus to protect the airway.
The research was done by the journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). They stated, “The ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway,” Dr. Rubin, the study’s lead author, said in a statement to the media. “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.” Petrolatum, one of the ingredients in Vick’s, can cause 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. Serious questions need to be answered over the safety of petrolatum or petroleum jelly as it is more commonly known.”
As a natural alternative, with no side effects at all, we bring you a homemade chest rub. It is 100% natural an made from ingredients that contain compounds that are antispasmodic, anti-harmful organism, expectorant, and decongestant.
All you need is:
-1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
-2 drops lemon essential oil
-3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Mix all ingredients together and rub into your chest and upper back.