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At Pure Beginnings we are constantly on the hunt to bring you safer alternatives to store-bought products. Because that’s what you want, right?

During the colder months, when the dreaded winter bugs enter the home, it can be particularly difficult to feel confident about sticking to natural medication. We all have our regular, go-to remedies in our medicine cabinets, but this winter, with every cough and sniffle scrutinized even more intensely, how can we make safer choices? By making small changes one step at a time, it is possible to embrace a more natural treatment plan.

A chest rub is often the first port of call for parents when they notice a stuffy nose or chesty cough. However, many aren’t entirely aware of the ingredients that make up the smooth paste they so readily smear onto their baby’s chest, feet and nose.

Regular vapour rubs contain petroleum jelly and menthol – two ingredients we recommend you stay far away from. Petroleum jelly is a mineral oil. A colourless and odourless by-product of gasoline/petrol, it is lightweight and inexpensive – one of the reasons it’s so popular. Not only is the manufacture of these oils known to be harmful to the environment, but, depending on the grade of mineral oil present in the product you use, you’re likely to be exposed to varying degrees of toxin contamination.

Mineral oils create a barrier on the skin that can lock in bacteria and toxins and lead to skin irritation. Numerous studies have shown the dangers of these vapour rub concoctions. The menthol praised in most chest rub formulations does not break up mucus in the airways or assist in clearing congestion as advertised – the smell of the menthol simply tricks our brain into thinking we are breathing easier. In some instances, inflammation can even worsen. Certain ingredients in conventional chest rub are recognised as irritants, causing the body to produce even more mucus to protect its airways. In babies and young children this is especially dangerous, considering their airways are much narrower than those of adults. It is for these reasons that Pure Beginnings has introduced our very own superior alternative to this common product used in most homes every winter.

Our 100% natural chest rub with eucalyptus & lavender is free from both petroleum and menthol. Safe to use on babies as young as 3 months old, it is loaded with healing, calming and antibacterial properties. Combining the powerful healing qualities of eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender and frankincense, trust our chest rub to gently ease congestion in your little one.

Let’s take a minute to honour our hero ingredients, used for centuries for this very ailment.

  • Eucalyptus – an extremely popular decongestant which contains powerful anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties. Used for hundreds of years, it is widely accepted as a natural alternative to treat mild respiratory problems such as a cold, cough or bronchitis.
  • Lavender – has soothing and calming properties. It is also considered an effective antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
  • Tea Tree Leaf Oil – powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it an ideal ingredient to help protect against congestion caused by colds and flu.
  • Frankincense – has remarkable rejuvenating and healing qualities. With antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties, it is the ideal cold-fighting essential oil.

Our Natural Chest Rub can be used on your child’s chest and back or on the soles of her feet. It contains certified organic and community sourced ingredients. It is also vegan and has not been tested on animals.

Perfectly formulated for the most vulnerable in your family, simply rub it on and sleep easy.

Source: Poison Control, Dr Bruce Rubin: Department of Paediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in Winston Salem, N.C.

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