By Maranatha Owens
I can remember many times as a little girl being laid up in bed feeling horrible. You know the routine-aching body, stuffed-up nose, so congested I could barely breathe, let alone sleep. Then, in would come my mama with soothing words, a hot water bottle, and the relief that only Mentholatum® or Vicks® Vaporub® could bring. She would slather it on my chest, throat, back, and under my nose and then tie an old paisley handkerchief loosely around my neck to hold in the warm sensation and vapors. My body relaxed, and my nose cleared just enough to drift off to sleep.
As I aged, I continued to use Vicks® when I was in need, but the more I learned about the awful side-effects of petroleum on the body, the worse I felt about continuing to use it and a multitude of other “body products” and topical medications. Most cosmetics, like Vicks® , are either petroleum-based or contain some petroleum by-product.
So, what’s so bad about petroleum, anyhow?
For starters, petroleum-based cosmetics and skin care products have been found to contain the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane. Products ranging from body lotion to lip balms, hair-relaxers, baby soap, and Vicks® contain this and a multitude of other cancer-causing impurities.
So instead of continuing to slather myself and my family with petroleum-based vapor rubs, I decided to create an all natural alternative that I could feel good about using. Every ingredient is simple, safe, and effective. Instead of using petroleum as a base, Winter Breeze vapor rub uses beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, and coconut oil. This all natural base will soothe, nourish and heal your skin. Eucalyptus, menthol, tea tree, camphor, and wintergreen essential oils work synergistically to help clear the head and sinuses, thereby relieving congestion, headaches, and pain around the eyes and face. They also have amazing antiseptic properties that help prevent infection from occurring. In addition, tea tree and eucalyptus contain immuno-stimulant properties to boost the body’s natural defenses.
With all this, who needs the toxic chemicals found in Vicks®? Winter Breeze has all of the good stuff and none of the bad. Use it liberally, and do remember to use an old paisley handkerchief or other soft, dry cloth to hold in the vapors. Winter Breeze can be rubbed on the soles of feet and is safe enough to use a small amount on babies. It also makes a great rub for mild aches.
I hope none of us need it this winter, but when the inevitable cold comes, it’s nice to know that there is a safe, effective alternative to reach for.
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