Healthy Skin Swaps: Breathe Balm

Healthy Skin Swaps: Breathe Balm

 A staple in every parent's medicine cabinet, especially during the Fall and Winter seasons, is some sort of cough and cold chest rub. In my house growing up, it was always Vicks VapoRub. I can smell it now! Can you? While this product seems to work well, we want to tell you why you should reach for something more natural, like our organic Breathe Balm.  

Let’s start with the ingredients:

Vicks Vapo Rub Zoe Organics Breathe Balm ingredients

It’s pretty clear that Vicks VapoRub contains questionable ingredients, some synthetic and none that are organic. Many people assume that since this product is an OTC (over-the-counter) medication, it is completely safe. However, according to, “It contains a poisonous ingredient: Vicks VapoRub is made of camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol. Camphor is poisonous when swallowed and can cause seizures, coma, or death. 8 This is true even for small amounts. It may also cause harm when too much is inhaled or absorbed through the skin.” 

It is also important to note that children under the age of 2 should not use this product at all! Dr. Bruce Rubin of Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, said the ingredients in Vicks can be irritants, causing the body to produce more mucus to protect the airway. And since infants and young children have airways that are much narrower than those of an adult, any increase in mucus or swelling can narrow them severely.” (source) Don’t you want a product that you can feel safe having in your home?

Our Breathe Balm is made with only USDA certified organic ingredients. It does not contain any water, fillers, preservatives or synthetics. Hallelujah! You can feel good about applying this product on yourself and everyone in your family. 

Let’s talk about our aromatherapy blend. Organic essential oils of eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender and cedar provide gentle and effective aromatherapy, to calm and support rest when feeling under the weather. We use a safe percentage of essential oils in our formula and the stick balm formula also provides a slow release of the essential oils that primarily sit on top of the skin. We don’t recommend using this product directly on babies 3 months or younger but we do love to let our caretakers know that they can apply this product on their neck and chest and safely cuddle their little one so he or she can benefit from this aromatherapy blend.

Another reason you should make the swap from Vicks VapoRub to our Breathe Balm? Our mess-free, travel friendly tube! We receive countless messages from our customers letting us know how much they love the chapstick size tube and how their child feels so proud to be able to apply it themselves. No more messy, sticky fingers and balm all over the place!

So what do you think? Will you make the switch?

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