114 responses

  1. Cat
    November 19, 2016

    I love the idea of making my own vapor rub to be safe for my family.
    My problem with the original vapor rub is this…. petrolatum. So to have information to explain why I went to a website and found the following. (My apologies if this subject was already discussed.)

    Petrolatum, commonly known as petroleum jelly, is a byproduct of petroleum. Petrolatum is a soft paraffin or wax mixture sold as a topical skin ointment. It is acknowledged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an approved over-the-counter skin protectant and is used in the manufacturing of cosmetic skin care. However the side effects of petrolatum include finding the petroleum byproduct in breast tumors, suffocation of the skin, premature aging and aggravated acne.
    I posted the website below.
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/226763-side-effects-of-petrolatum/

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    • Adrienne
      November 20, 2016

      Yes, I am not a fan of petrolatum either :(. Thanks for sharing.

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      • Cat
        November 20, 2016

        I also noticed you do neti pot for cleaning the nasal passages. When I have a cold or worry about infection i will put a drop or two ( no more as it can be strong) of either Eucalyptus or Lavender E O in my solution. I like the results I get.

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      • Adrienne
        November 20, 2016

        Sounds great – but one thing to point out is that the oils should be emulsified for safety: https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/essential-oil-emulsifier/

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  2. Hauntyboy
    April 20, 2016

    I think you are overreacting to ingredients in commercial branded products. Vicks is a highly reputed brand used by millions of parents across the globe. If you think essential oils are the best, then I sincerely suggest you to read the chemical active component of every essential oil and let us see your reaction. You said which mother wants to apply turpentine oil on their children. Turpentine oil, for your kind information is the active component of Pine essential oil. (Pinus roxburghii). So applying turpentine oil is just applying essential oil of pine. If you would mention only the active chemical component of all your essential oils, then you would panic to an extent where you would feel your home made product would sound too scary. So, please read the content of the products and get sufficient knowledge before you allow your prejudice against store brought products to create fear and panic.

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  3. Brandi Badgett
    March 28, 2016

    The small 4oz. Mason jars with the plastic lid are even better for things like this. They don’t react with the oils even over time a last for pretty much forever!

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  4. Bernie
    February 23, 2016

    Turpentine is pine essential oil

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    • Adrienne
      February 25, 2016

      Hi there. This is from Aura Cacia’s site:

      Pine essential oil is steam distilled from the fresh twigs and needles, of the tree — not directly from the crude resin, as turpentine is. The twigs and needles impart a sweet-evergreen aroma to the essential oil, which also has a turpentine-like or terebinthe aroma.

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      • Bernie
        February 25, 2016

        Sorry, I should have said that turpentine is essential oil derived from pine trees. My only point was that it’s not as toxic or unnatural as folks make it out to be and has a lot of medicinal properties and it’s use goes back thousands of years.

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      • Adrienne
        February 25, 2016
  5. Juanita
    December 22, 2015

    Do you know what turpentine?

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    • Adrienne
      February 25, 2016

      Yes, it’s derivede(distilled) from the resin of trees.

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  6. lillie
    November 26, 2015

    I have used eucalyptus for many years on cotton balls throughout the home. It is very good by itself, even on pillow slips. Not too much or it will make the throat sore. Just a small dab on the night cloths. Never on the skin. I make a spray to keep in the bathroom with eucalyptus and 1 or 2 other oils mixed in. It is good to use throughout the home. Or in sick rooms. (my family stays quite well, Thank God!) I also make a chest rub with 2 oz. of olive oil, in 2 oz bottles with 20 drops of eucalyptus, 5 drops of peppermint, and 5 drops of two or three other ess. oils. Any will do, for the eucalyptus oil is what does the killing of germs. Rub it up and down on the throat at the first sign of a runny nose, or a tinkle in the throat. And finish by rubbing the finger you’ve used under the nose. I have made this for friends with children, who ask for more,

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    • Adrienne
      November 27, 2015

      Just be careful w/ eucalyptus and little ones :). Due to the high percentage of 1,8 Cineole constituent in Eucalytpus radiata and Eucalyptus globulus, we do not recommend use on children under the age of 5. Eucalyptus citriodora is a safer alternative.

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  7. Brenda Wiggins
    November 10, 2015

    The problem with using Vick’s Rub on the chest, is that you cannot fan about. The Doctors always said that vick’s opened the pores up and you could take in more cold and make yourself worse.

    I would do some checking and make sure that the oils I was using didn’t open the pores like Vick’s.

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    • Adrienne
      November 11, 2015

      Hi and thanks for sharing. Did you find data for that? Interesting.

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  8. Marie
    June 11, 2015

    My daughter had an Asthma attack overnight and after using her inhaler, saline wash and everything I knew to do, a light turned on in my head and I reached for the tea tree oil. I rubbed it on her feet, put socks on and within ten minutes she was sound asleep after over five hours of continuous coughing. ?

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  9. Ginny
    May 7, 2015

    Thank you so much! I’ll be making this very soon. I was trying to find a recipe like this that doesn’t call for beeswax and other ingredients that I normally don’t have on hand. I will post my results soon as I can.

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    • Adrienne
      May 7, 2015

      Great!!

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  10. Edwina
    January 23, 2015

    Love this! I had my first baby last May & we have been trying to find a safe decongestant. Perfect, I’ll be making this asap, ????

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  11. Cady Shepard
    January 15, 2015

    I found the same containers at Target for 99c. I use them for eyelash growth serum.

    Something to think about: everything you put on your skin, ingest, or breathe in, has to be filtered by your liver. Your skin is the largest organ so be very careful about everything to which you expose yourself. Soap, lotion, cosmetics, etc.
    The liver was never meant to be able to act as a filter to all the garbage we are exposed to nowadays. If the liver becomes toxic, overloaded with chemicals that it can’t filter, then we become ill and all of our other organs, immune system and hormones are affected. Be aware, read labels and make informed choices about what goes on your skin and in your body.
    Baby oil seems innocuous. It’s made from crude oil. Vaseline..same thing. Coconut oil, Cocoa Butter, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar are very wise, and very healthful alternatives to many things that we pay much more for in our everyday lives.
    Go Organic in everything you can. Google is your friend. <3

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    • Adrienne
      January 15, 2015

      Thanks! So you make your own serum? I would love to find out about it – does it work for you? Thanks for the info. You are very right about it all.

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  12. Natalie
    January 12, 2015

    Love therecommended oil companies,I use plant therapy and mountain herb and love the effects the oils have had over the years

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  13. Natalie
    January 12, 2015

    Peppermint and eucalyptus are for use on children 10 years and older due to the ability to slow respiratory functions

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  14. Laurence
    October 15, 2014

    Stumbling onto your post, I read what you wrote about terpentine oil ; ‘Who wants to put terpentine oil on a child anyway?’ I do!
    But I am an aromatherapist and I know the difference betwen “Essential Oil of Terpentine” and “Terpentine oil”. Unfortunatelly, the english language put the same name on both, which induces a lot of confusion.
    The “Essential Oil of Terpentine” had been part of the European pharmaceutical books for more than two centuries and is very effective in case of coughs and all the respiratory infections; It is safe and very usefull.
    The “terpentine oil” is used for treating woods!!
    If both come from the Pinus pinaster bark, the ‘Essential Oil of Terpentine” is made out of the sticky residu left over once all the esthers are gone, residu that contains the essential oils.
    But I’ve never seen any “Essential Oil of Terpentine” in the US

    You can use essential oil of Camphor in your Vapor Rub preparation without hesitation. And simply add your EO ( Eucalyptus, Ravintsare, Tea-tree, Manuka, Pine, Linanol Thyme, camphor …) on a vegetable oil (sesame, Wheat germs oil, …) or shea butter and put it on, it will work wonders. The EO do the work, not the carrier! But be carreful with spearmint as it has a cooling effect.

    I agree about Petrolatum which is now forbidden in European Skin care.
    I would add I do not agree with Palm oil or shortening ; look into the disasters that crop brings to underdevelopped countries because of unscrupulous multinationals. Plus the oil qualities are very disputable…

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    • Adrienne
      February 25, 2016

      What do you think about the harmful effects it can have on the lungs? I assume you are talking about small uses?

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  15. Sue
    January 14, 2014

    Hi there,

    We recently featured your article on a blog post titled ’top 31 amazing things to make with coconut oil’

    You can find it here: http://www.honesthealthblog.com/31-amazing-things-make-coconut-oil/

    Please share if it’s ok with you! I’ve also sent you an email about this via the contact page!

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  16. Sara
    January 4, 2014

    I don’t have any eucalyptic or peppermint essential oil( my son took it to his house). I do have peppermint extract for Christmas baking. Would this also work in my coconut oil?

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    • Adrienne
      January 4, 2014

      I don’t know – but you could try. Can’t hurt :).

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    • Laurence
      October 15, 2014

      No, it won’t work>
      The extract is an infusion of spearmint into a base, often an alcoholic base.
      The Essential Oil comes from the distillation of the whole plant and contains all the active principle.
      Nothing replace a true uncut EO

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  17. Julia
    October 22, 2013

    You mention in several of your responses that you were going to try a different recipe or rework this one. However, I do not see that update. Any more thoughts?
    Thanks!

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    • Adrienne
      October 22, 2013

      Haven’t done it but look one comment above :).

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  18. Danielle R
    October 22, 2013

    I work with aromatherapy. Be careful with Eucalyptus and children under 5. You can dilute it more or keep it on the feet. It can be too much for their lungs. Always read up on them(this is for all looking into aromatherapy). Young living is a great resource to learn about essential oils and cautions. Thank you for the recipe, I will be using it on my children.

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    • Adrienne
      October 22, 2013

      Hi Danielle. Thanks for commenting. This is what Mr. Dean, the owner of Native American, has to say about eucalyptus:

      Eucalyptus is an oil that some people have a negative reaction where others do not. Personally it is always wise to be more careful when working with a new essential oil and the feet is a great place to start. Understanding how it will react to your body will assist you in using the oils safely. (People will react differently to the oils.)

      Now with small children, you always want to be extra careful. They have more sensitive skin and are smaller. When starting out with a new essential oil, always use a small amount mixed a bit with a carrier oil. Understand how the oil works on your child before you start using the oil more abundantly. Treat the oils with respect and use them with wisdom because they can be very powerful.

      I know that there are a lot of safety extremists out there that say all types of things about the oils. This is great information to keep the masses safe but in reality don’t hold water for most people. If you slowly use the oils in dilution, you will understand how they work for you and your family and gain more specific wisdom about your situation.

      Over twenty years ago I used pure Eucalyptus blend, with four different types of Eucalyptus, to assist in healing my newly adopted three year old daughter from a chronic lung infection she had for years. This oil was eventually put on in the chest and back in their pure form, howbeit only a couple of drops.

      Before using them in the pure form, I tested the oil for several days with a carrier oil. I used wisdom and caution in my application process and understood the power of the essential oils. The result was I got rid of a health problem in two weeks that the doctors could not get rid of with all their drugs in two and a half years. The oils are that powerful.

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  19. Kristin Jones
    October 21, 2013

    Awesome post. We do something very similar. .45 oz Coconut oil, 1/8 tsp.(small pinch) camphor, 6 drops eucalyptus eo, 2 drops lemongrass eo, 2 drops lavender eo and 2 drops peppermint/tea tree eo <3

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    • Adrienne
      October 21, 2013

      of course you do :).

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  20. Diane
    March 16, 2013

    Just a little note on using peppermint on kids. Be careful using Pepermint on children as it can be too strong and cause their throats to close if they are too young. Under 3 years old you should substitute spiramint.

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