Take a pass on petroleum and get through cold season with plant-based ingredients
Some of the ingredients in your go-to remedies might need an update. Here’s how to stay on track with your wellness, without using petroleum-based ingredients.
Traditions: they can create a link between generations and help us feel better, just by using them. Some of our wellness traditions, though, could use an update. Especially during cold season, we want to do everything we can to feel better: the products and ingredients we choose are no exception.
What’s in a traditional chest rub?
For many of us, a chest rub containing menthol and eucalyptus is a tried-and-true tradition that helps us feel better when we’re under the weather. The vapours flow from your chest up to your nasal passages, helping you to breathe deeply and calm your cough. Along with these benefits, though, is an ingredient that is less talked about: petroleum jelly.
Petroleum jelly is an inert, jelly-like substance that was originally discovered on rigs drilling for oil. The drill workers thought the jelly was a nuisance, as it interfered with the drill. However, when they realized it helped heal their cracked, overworked hands, it quickly became a household staple and started appearing in dozens of health and body care products.
Petroleum jelly and your skin
When you apply a layer of petroleum jelly to your skin, it acts just like another product of the oil refining industry: plastic wrap. Your skin is trapped under a barrier that does not let anything in or out, which means your skin is protected from the elements. Although it creates a barrier and prevents moisture loss, it doesn’t truly moisturize your skin.
It also means anything on your skin is there until you remove the barrier, things that you might not want to trap, like bacteria and fungus. Creating this kind of barrier (called occlusive) can do good things—like keep germs out—but it can also do things, like keep germs in.
Put a new twist on tradition
What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body, particularly when you are feeling run-down. Give your traditions an update by making sure all your wellness choices are blended with natural ingredients.
Our Chest Cold Soothing Balm is our natural version of an age-old, mentholated remedy. Blended with beneficial essential oils of eucalyptus, rosemary, frankincense and tea tree, rub this remedy on just like you would have used your traditional standard to relieve respiratory tract infection symptoms like coughs. The base of grapeseed oil and beeswax will smooth onto your skin and create a soothing, moisturizing layer that allows your skin to breathe naturally, while the beneficial essential oils travel through your skin.
Your body will thank you for choosing plant-based alternatives, and updating your cold and flu program. The earth will thank you for choosing cough and cold remedies made from renewable, plant-based resources. It’s a wellness win-win!