Badger Balm USDA Organic Aromatic Chest Rub – Natural + effective relief from coughs, colds + stuffy noses. Can be used as a soothing chest rub, or as a steam inhalant when added to a humidifier or pot of hot water. Promotes deep breathing + relaxation, + is safe for the whole family to use! Organic Essential Oils of Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Ravensara + Tea Tree are traditional herbs used to soothe + ease minor coughs, colds, + stuffy noses. USDA Certified Organic, + petroleum-free. This is not a medicine or a drug: this is a traditional remedy that supports your body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Ingredients: *Olea Europaea (Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Essential Oils of *Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus), *Eucalyptus Staigeriana (Eucalyptus), *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), *Mentha Piperita (Peppermint), *Cinnamomum Camphora (Ravintsara), *Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine), *Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree), *Thymus Mastichina (Wild Marjoram), and CO2 Extracts of *Zingiber Officinale (Ginger), and *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary).* = Certified Organic.
Vicks VapoRub Topical Ointment – Much like Badger Balm, this is used on the chest + throat for temporarily relief of coughs due to minor throat + bronchial irritation associated with the common cold. Also used on muscles + joints, to temporarily relieve minor aches + pains.The problem is that while this may work well, it isn’t good for you!
Vicks is mainly made up of petrolatum – a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum, which can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Studies suggest that exposure to PAHs – including skin contact over extended periods of time – is associated with cancer. On this basis, the European Union classifies petrolatum a carcinogen + restricts its use in cosmetics. PAHs in petrolatum can also cause skin irritation + allergies.
This product also has a warning: “Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away”, as compared to the Badger Balm, that says it’s “Safe for the whole family.” Bottom line; why use synthetic, harmful ingredients your body can’t recognize, when there are totally comparable, truly natural alternatives readily available?
Active Ingredients: Camphor (synthetic) 4.8% (Cough suppressant + topicalanalgesic), Eucalyptus oil 1.2% (Cough suppressant), Menthol 2.6% (Cough suppressant + topical analgesic). Inactive Ingredients: Cedarleaf oil, nutmeg oil, petrolatum, thymol, turpentine oil.
Have you tried Badger Balm’s Organic Aromatic Chest Rub yet? If not, what do you use?
MargotFebruary 8, 2015 at 6:26 pm
Love this review of good ‘ole Badger Balm. You just cannot go wrong with Badger! Amazing that Vicks (a product people have trusted to use on kids for so many years has a “keep out of reach of children” warning on it. Thanks Danielle!
DanielleFebruary 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm
Thanks Tania + Margot! Who knew, right? <3
TaniaFebruary 8, 2015 at 6:54 pm
Totally agree and great post :) I’m such a Badger fan, but have yet to try the Chest Rub – it definitely sounds like a perfect alternative to the mainstream x
HadierFebruary 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm
This is a great posting. I am culnrrtey sending it to all the people at my job.I work for Clean Water Action and we just had a briefing about toxic chemicals in makeup and beauty products. There is a drive that we are working on in Connecticut for all beauty products to use healthy and safe alternatives when they do exist. We were all wondering where we could get makeup that would be mercury, bpa, and lead free. Now I have some more information to use to convince people that there are NONtoxic makeups out there!!Thank you!!
Linda AndersonMarch 12, 2016 at 10:53 am
What do you think about Perfectly Posh products?
DanielleMarch 14, 2016 at 11:33 am
Hey Linda! :) Unfortunately, I don’t work with any MLM companies on The GG anymore, but as far as ingredients go – their products contain a lot of ingredients I don’t use or recommend. Hope this helps! XO <3