Every time you have a cold, you are easily tempted to rub that vapor rub on your nose and chest. But did you know that these vapor rubs contain ingredients, which cause more harm than good… Especially for younger children and adults. These vapor rubs tend to expand the nasal passage and thus cause breathing and respiratory problems, which could be serious with prolonged use. The relief it provides is temporary relief only.
There are some simple and easily available that you can try out at home. They are easy to make and you can store it for a couple of days or may be even later, with ease. Not only are they safe, since they are made from natural ingredients, they ensure long term safety too. Here are some of them-
5 Homemade Vapor Rub For Youngsters And Adults
Beeswax And Essential Oils
This one is very simple to make, has decongestant properties, helps in better breathing and also clears congestion. For making this rub, you simply need a combination of a couple of good essentials oils, which are strongly scented. These can be rosemary, oregano, peppermint or even eucalyptus. 15-20 drops of these should be added to about a 100ml of coconut oil or olive oil.
To this mixture you need to add about 2 spoons of wax, which can be either beeswax pastilles or candelilla wax that has been melted over a double boiler. You can also use palm shortening in this reference. Simply mix the ingredients together and massage well.
Mixed Essential Oil Rub
One of the other easier available options, which does not require any heating over the flame or other hard work would be to simply store some bottles of essential oils and then mix them all well. For this, the primary product should be either tea tree or eucalyptus oil because both are strong in fragrance and help in easing the congestion in the nasal passage.
You should take about 20 drops of eucalyptus and then mix with essential oils (about 10 drops) of rosemary, peppermint, lemon, basil, etc. In this reference, lavender should also be added for those who are having difficulty sleeping. Do not rub this too close to the nose for infants under two as their nasal passages are very narrow and they may have watery eyes from the strong aroma too.
Mustard Oil And Garlic
This is an ancient Indian remedy, which has been used for centuries for treating colds, coughs, fever and other similar ailments. What you need to do here is take some strong mustard oil, about half a cup should do. Then heat it over a low flame. To this, added a couple of grated cloves of garlic.
Remember, to take the oil off the heat before adding garlic or it loses some of its antibacterial properties in the process. Mix it well and when slightly warm apply on the chest, feet and neck. Again, this is mild enough for both babies and adults. In fact, it can also be used for massaging all over the body. For best results, put on the feet and then wear socks so that the heat retains. Mustard helps in de-congestion while the strong fragrance of garlic helps in clearing the nose and providing warmth.
Rosemary And Olive Oil Rub
This one is a sensible home vapor rub for those who have a rosemary bush or plant in the house. Though the essential oils do work very well, there is something about using fresh rosemary that helps in much faster healing. Pick a few stems of rosemary and then crush it or make a paste of the same using mortar and pestle or even in the mixer.
Then add some heated olive oil to it and then apply on the chest and neck. Let it stay for a few minutes and if possible cover it with a thick towel (you should use a clean one but be wary that stains will stay). This should be only used on the backs of infants under two because it is too strong.
Clove Oil And Cocoa Or Shea Butter
Another remedy that works very for treating treating nasal congestion, respiratory problems and all other cold associated symptoms is clove oil. You can also use fresh clove, but remember it may be too strong for infants.
When making this rub, remember that the infant dosage or drops should be much lower (about two drops are enough). Adults can use about 5-7 drops of clove oil to a handful of shea butter. Mix well and then apply on the back, neck, chest, etc. It helps in easier breathing and acts as a decongestant because of its warming properties.