One of the worst parts of the cold, winter months is becoming congested and stuffed up. We all know the popular medication that you would reach for Vicks Vapor Rub. However, Vicks has some fairly harmful chemicals in it, such as synthetic camphor, turpentine and petroleum. Yes, the same turpentine that you use to remodel your home. Petroleum is a harmful chemical. Synthetic camphor is created by distilling turpentine to make pinene, which is then combined with other chemicals to make camphor.
If you are looking for a more natural topical decongestant, we have a recipe for you that utilizes eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils to open your sinuses, clear your head and stimulate your exhaling easier. However, it is important that you do not use this concoction on children under the age of three, as employing eucalyptus or peppermint essential oils can be harmful to them.