Traditional Vapor Rub Ingredients Linked to Cancer
January 23, 2010

Petrolatum, or Petroleum Jelly, has been used as a moisturizer for years but cannot actually effectively moisturize the skin.

Some of the leading vapor rubs on the market claim to contain a number of natural ingredients that do a great job of clearing sinuses and relieving coughs.  But if you read the fine print, you’ll find that many of them contain something called Petrolatum.  Petrolatum is petroleum jelly.  It’s used as a moisturizer, as it has been for decades.

However,petroleum jelly doesn’t actually work to moisturize your skin because it is very difficult for your skin to absorb it.  This is why the jelly leaves your skin feeling greasy and oily.  Not only that, Petrolatum has been linked to breast cancer as a potential carcinogen.  What’s the point in trying to cure a cold with a vapor rub if you’re poisoning your body with harmful chemicals?  Petrolatum is also a product of crude oil, a non-renewable resource.

Aloe Vera works as an alterative to Petroleum Jelly to moisturize and soothe the skin.

It turns out that vapor rub is actually very easy to make without Petrolatum or Vaseline.  If the purpose of using Petrolatum in vapor rubs and cosmetics is to moisturize the skin, we suggest using aloe vera, instead.

Aunt Odie’s Therapeutic Rub does just that.  Check it out.