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Mommy Greenest Approved: Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub

vapor rub in box against white backgroundThis 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!


  • cesar molinares

    Hello I bought maty’s baby chest rub, but I havent used it into my baby because it branded for 3 months older and my baby has just 21 days old, could I use it on him?

  • Valerie

    I have a question. I’ve heard you shouldn’t use Eucalyptus on children under 10 years old. Maty’s Baby Chest Rub has eucalyptus in it and says it’s safe to use on children 3 months and older. My son is a little over 4 months old. Is it safe to use on him (I can’t imagine walmart letting someone sell something at their stores not geared for the age they state). And why all the negative and positive on eucalyptus? I was always lathered up in Vicks when I was little. I just want to make sure it’s safe for my little man. Not only that… but do you use it when sick or daily so it prevents illnesses? I love essential oils.. and I know they can do great things. But I just don’t want them to have a negative effect on my son.

    • Rachel Sarnoff

      Thanks so much for your question, Valerie! I took it directly to Maty’s and got this response from Founder Carolyn Harrington. I hope this helps!

      “I understand there is a lot of talk on the internet and concern about the safety of this essential oil for young children, and rightly so. We are concerned too. I just want to tell you what we have done to ensure its safety.

      Our baby chest rub and vapor rub have been on the market for around 6 years now. All of a sudden, a few years ago, we started seeing things on the internet about how it wasn’t safe for babies. So we were obviously concerned and went to work to try to see if there was any merit to the information. Here is what we did.

      We hired one of the leading experts on essential oil safety, Rob Tisserand, who wrote books about essential oils and is the go to guy when anyone has questions about essential oils. Interestingly enough, he is also the one everyone quotes as saying eucalyptus is not safe for young children. When he analyzed our formulas, he determined that the dilutions we have of eucalyptus was indeed safe for babies. He also added that when people refer to eucalyptus not being safe for babies, where there were any reactions, it was always with undiluted concentrations of the essential oil. With our dilutions, there has never been any adverse effect reported. That is a pretty strong statement.

      Unfortunately, with the internet, people read something and everyone interprets it differently. I understand too, when it comes to our kids, we want to be so careful. However, we feel comfortable, after researching with Mr. Tisserand, that our baby chest rub and vapor rub are safe. Like I said, it has been on the market for nearly 6 years. With hundreds of thousands sold each year, we have never once heard of any reaction to it. Vicks Vapor Rub has been around for over 80 years and we don’t hear of any reactions to that product either.

      I hope this helps to clarify your concern. I am not sending this to tell you what to write, but I thought it important to help you understand. We are extremely concerned about children’s safety, and do all we can to ensure our products are safe.

  • Geege

    I injured my shoulder while moving from one city to another weeks after I started to have a sharp pain in my shoulder, since I am totally natural and medication free I read up on what is good for pain and I saw “peppermint. This morning at 3am the sharp pain woke me up I reached into my nightstand drawer for my Maty’s All Natural Vapo Rub and rubbed it on my shoulder and surprisingly the pain subsided for 16 hours I was pleasantly surprised and happy it worked and its all drug free, THANKS Maty your product seem to work for pain relief as well!

  • Aimee

    I am so excited to try this stuff! I was hoping to use it on my daughter, but she is only 18 months old. I will have to stick to the nasty Vick’s Baby Rub for another 6 months…. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

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