DIY: Chest / Cold Rub for Baby

by - July 01, 2017

Have you read the ingredients in common chest / cold rubs lately? They want me to put that on MY baby! Oh, no no no. Here's the scoop, from Bruce Rubin, M.D., professor and vice chair of pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine:

The ingredients in commonly used Vicks VapoRub can irritate the airways and increase mucus production. Dr. Rubin, says it can be significant in infants and young children (under 2) who have very small airways to begin with. And when those pipes are already inflamed from a cold or other infection, a little bit of extra inflammation and mucus may narrow them quickly and severely.

It is so much safer, cost effective, and natural to make so many baby products and other products at home, with just a few simple ingredients you most like already have laying around the house. See 15 Coconut Oil uses for Baby & 15 Coconut Oil uses for a Mama Bear 

What you'll need & probably already have:

  • Small Dish
  • Teaspoon Measure
  • Coconut Oil
  • Essential Oil (of your choosing)

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  • Drop in two tsp of essential oil such as peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil into small dish. 
  • Add a couple spoonfuls of coconut oil to the essential oil and mix it together.
  • Warm up the oil by taking it in your palm and rubbing it until the friction in your hand makes it warm.
  • Rub it on your baby’s chest, bottoms of feet, and under nose as a natural and safe alternative to a common department store brand chest rub.

Coconut oil can work as a natural anti-viral and anti-bacterial moisturizer. Rub a little around baby’s nose when sick.

Many mommies also choose rub a mixture of coconut oil and essential oils onto their child’s chest for relief from croup, a common respiratory problem in babies.

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  1. This is so important we have to be careful what ingredients we use on our babies. Coconut oil is a number one staple in my home ❤

  2. Measuring by tsp is not very safe for babies when it comes to essential oils. Babies have a smaller usage rate or essential oil to carrier oil, this recipe seems too potent even for adults as the usage rate for most essential oils in this case is 0.5 to 1.0 % of the recipe