Vapo Rub is one of the most widely known chest rub indicated for use on the chest and throat for cough suppression due to the common cold or on muscles and joints for minor aches and pains. The researchers decided to test it in order to see how it actually functions. But what they found out was not what they have expected. Instead of clearing the respiratory system as everybody beloved it can clogs it even more. The thing is that it is consisted of ingredients that may act as irritant and force the body to crate even more mucus to protect the airway.
The research was conducted by the journal of the American Collage of Chest Physicians (ACCP). What they announced was ““The ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway,”. And after that in one statement for the media the study’s lead author Dr. Rubin said: “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.” And one of the ingredients of Vapo Rub, Petrolatum can be the reason for some types of cancer.
He later explained his claim like this: “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.”
If after reading this you no longer want to use the Vapo Rub but you still need some substitution for it, we offer you a natural alternative. This homemade chest rub has no side effect and can only improve your condition. This 100% natural chest rub is composed by compounds that are antispasmodic, anti-harmful organism, expectorant and decongestant.
-1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil
-2 drops lemon essential oil
-3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Mix the ingredients well and after that rub your chest and upper back with the mixture.