Standing in a steamy bathroom at 3 AM, holding a coughing little baby. Croup and coughs can put parents on a real emotional roller-coaster. Most of us parents have suffered through miserable nights alternating between steam, cold air, and chest rubs. We were following the suggestions of our doctors, health websites, and most importantly, the advice of our parents and grandparents.
Parents have turned to medicated chest and cold rubs for many generations. However, the camphor in commercial products can be toxic if ingested or absorbed through broken skin. They contain ingredients we simply don’t want to use on our own children. In our home, we’ve replaced commercial rubs with our own alternatives that use whole essential oils rather than petroleum, chemicals, and fragrances.
The combination in the commercial ingredients – camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol – trick the brain by triggering the cold receptors in your nose and making you feel less congested. In fact, they can increase mucous production – making it feel like your sinuses are draining.
This is our first health-related blog post, and we spent quite a bit of time researching not only our subject, but how other bloggers are writing about essential oils and health topics in general. Just writing about alternative and natural health can be challenging, because there are a lot of rules from the FDA about what you can say and not say.
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