Known worldwide for its decongestant action,"vaporú"(as it is popularly said) serves to breathe better and relieve symptoms of colds and flu. With a simple massage in the chest with a little of this medicine, the nostrils are uncovered and the phlegm is reduced. Would you like to prepare your own homemade Vaporub? Find out how in the following article.
The active ingredients of this remedy are three: menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oil. Its decongestant action acts by improving the cold receptors of the nose, which causes a great sensation of freshness in the airways And increases the air passage.
On the other hand, it has an action against dry cough and, at the same time, relieves quickly the symptoms of colds and flu . The application is topical through a massage or deep inhalation of the product, which promises to reduce discomfort in five minutes.
The Vaporub sold in pharmacies is not indicated for people with chronic lung diseases, emphysema, asthma , Whooping cough, recurrent obstructive bronchitis, pregnant women, and children under six years of age.
What else can I use the Vaporub?
In addition to having very good properties to relieve the flu, nasal congestion and cold, the Vaporub can be used to:
When you get home after a busy day at work, you can smear a good amount of this ointment and leave the legs Up, supported on a pad, for example. You can also use it before bed, putting on socks and letting it work all night.
This medicine based on menthol and eucalyptus is very good for migraines. Simply apply a little on the sides of the head (temples) or on the forehead, doing circular massage. In a few minutes the tension and also the pain will be relieved.
Remove rashes, shins, and pimples on the skin
This is not"scientifically proven"but there are many people who use it to have the most beautiful face. Place a small amount on the affected areas before sleep And let it work all night.
Relieve sore muscles
When you do exercise or some sport, your muscles will hurt the next day. A good way to relieve this problem is by massaging with Vaporub. This in turn will help increase blood circulation.
Reduce skin irritation
An ointment also popularly used. This cream should be applied to the skin to treat Rosacea Or red spots. It is placed as a night mask and in the morning to go out on the street more protected from the sun or wind.
Recipes to make homemade Vaporub
These simple recipes and ingredients that you can get in several places, will serve you to have the natural version of the Vaporub. And with the same effects!
Homemade Vaporub Recipe # 1
The necessary ingredients are:
- 100 ml of coconut oil (can also be almond oil or olive oil)
- 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops of essential oil rosemary
- 20 drops of mint essential oil
- 200 grams of cocoa butter.
Bring the cocoa butter to the bathroom over low heat. When liquid, remove from heat and add the coconut oil (or the one you have chosen), always stirring to integrate well . Finally, pour one by one the essential oils without stopping to stir. When you get a homogeneous mixture, pour it in an opaque glass jar with hermetic lid.
Place it in a dark place and wait for it to solidify. You can keep it in that bowl for a year. Use it as many times as you want.
Homemade Vaporub Recipe # 2
In this case, it takes more amount of ingredients, although they are all very simple to get, do not worry. These are:
- 120 ml of olive oil
- 240 ml of coconut oil
- 170 ml of beeswax (grated)
- 35 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 30 drops of mint essential oil
- 15 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 15 drops of essential oil lavender
- 10 drops of camphor essential oil.
Pour a little water into a pan and then into a smaller pot, where you will have all the ingredients together. Heat to the water bath and stir until the mixture is homogeneous and the wax is melted. Pour into a glass container and leave at room temperature to cool and solidify. Use is not recommended for children under two years of age.
Homemade Vaporub Recipe # 3
In this case, we have a recipe that is suitable for babies, unlike the other two. Home remedies are a good option to relieve cold symptoms in young children, because you will not be offering them toxic or chemical since young age. The ingredients you need are:
- ¼ cup (60 ml) coconut oil
- 12 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.
Heat the coconut oil and add the eucalyptus oil. Mix well and let it cool. An hour later it will have cooled and solidified. If you do not get eucalyptus oil, you can opt for lavender or chamomile (For infants less than two months old) or tea tree (for babies older than six months).