This is gearing up to be one frightening flu season. All Ebola hysteria aside, as early as August, intensive care units at Midwestern hospitals were filled with children suffering from human enterovirus, a rare strain of a common cold that goes from bad to worse within hours, making it difficult for kids—especially those with asthma—to breathe. Like all viruses, antibiotics can’t help. The only thing to do is treat the symptoms by keeping airways open. Obviously, if you have a cough or a wheeze that won’t go away, see a doctor immediately—and head to the E.R. if you can’t breathe. But for less serious—but still uncomfortable—scenarios, it’s good to have help on hand. This flu season, my help is in the form of petroleum-, drug-, fragrance- and paraben-free Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub. This stuff works!
Petroleum-free and vegan, Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub magically helps open nasal passages, relieve congestion and ease stuffy noses. Great for flu season! Like the old fashioned ointment your grandmother used to rub on your chest, Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub employs essential oils of eucalyptus, wintergreen, pine, cedar and peppermint to open nasal passages, help relieve congestion and ease stuffy noses. But unlike what she may have used, this is vegan and free of petroleum jelly.
That’s important for two reasons. First, petroleum jelly is derived from oil. Second, when the oil is refined into said jelly, it can be tainted with carcinogens during the refining process. Oil and carcinogens. Who wants to put that under their nose?
Instead, Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub depends on vegan sunflower oil as a base, then adds antimicrobial coconut oil, immunity-boosting castor oil, moisturizing shea butter, and vitamin E.
For adults and children older than two, gently rub on chest or neck—and the bottoms of the feet, preferably before covering with thick, warm socks. (Click here for specific instructions on how to apply it on the feet, and why this long-standing practice is effective.) I wish I’d had this rub on hand when my daughter was sick.
Then wait while Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub works its magic. I hope we won’t have to use too much this flu season, but it sure is nice to have backup when you need it!