Whether we are right in the thick of cold and flu season or not, a common cold can strike at any time! I've always got a natural vapour balm at the ready to help with those awful stuffy noses, so I've put together this guide to the best natural alternatives to supermarket brand vapour rubs.
Cold and flu season can be frustrating for the entire family. Even if you aren't personally suffering from the congestion that comes from a common cold, if someone in your home is having a hard time, it can lead to a restless night for the entire household! Cold and flu symptoms can often be heightened in the evening, which is why I always have a great natural vapour balm on hand in the medicine cabinet to help make sure my family breathes easy and sleeps well.
Natural vapour rub benefits
Vapour, cold and chest rubs are balms, creams or gels which are specially designed to be rubbed directly into the skin, usually onto pulse points such as the chest, wrists or soles of feet. Natural formulations harness the aromatherapeutic benefits of ingredients including essential oils and herbs such as Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree, all known for their abilities to help target nasal congestion and support easy breathing through their powerful and potent aromas. These are accompanied by a base of nourishing, skin-loving ingredients like Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Jojoba for smooth and easy application and a boost of moisture.
Best natural vapour balms
PURE Papaya Care Vapour Balm
One of my favourite natural vapour rubs is the PURE Papaya Care Vapour Balm. Formulated with creamy Coconut Oil, Paw Paw and Shea Butter, this silky smooth formula glides on softly, and is also packed with essential oils known to help make breathing easier when your nose feels stuffy or congested, including Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lemon Myrtle. This formula is great for the whole family, including children from 12 months.
Little Innoscents Organic Vapour Winter Blues Balm
Formulated especially for all little ones from 0+ months, the Little Innoscents Organic Vapour Winter Blues Balm is a soothing, mild and gentle vapour rub for babies. This Certified Organic formula contains warming Wintergreen, Peppermint, Lemon and Eucalyptus, while Jojoba and Shea Butter care for delicate skin. To use, gently massage a small amount onto baby's chest or even the soles of feet.
Badger Aromatic Chest Rub
Another Nourished Life favourite is the Badger Aromatic Chest Rub. Based on a traditional remedy, this fragrant balm can be used as a chest rub to promote deeper and easier breathing, thanks to essential oils and herbs including Eucalyptus, Mint and Ginger as well as nourishing Beeswax and Olive Oil. Suitable for the whole family, this Certified Organic formula can also be used as a steam inhalant – simply melt half a teaspoon in a pot or bowl of hot water and carefully inhale the steam. This solid balm comes in a handy reusable tin.
Black Chicken Remedies Nasalette Essential Oil Inhaler - Respire
For fast and simple use, try the Black Chicken Remedies Nasalette Essential Oil Inhaler - Respire. Rather than being applied directly to the skin, this formula comes in a nasal inhaler, designed to be held just below the nostril and inhaled. This essential oil blend contains 12 stimulating scents including Peppermint, Lemongrass, Ginger and Eucalyptus to help support easy breathing.