Natural vapour rub - relief from winter colds & congestion

Natural vapour rub - relief from winter colds & congestion

We have such fond childhood memories of inhaling the soothing scent of eucalyptus as mum gently smoothed on a chest rub to help us breathe through a winter cold. This winter, we’re lovingly applying an all natural, petrochemical free vapour rub for our child, with the Frankie Apothecary chest rub, Breathe Easy.

Breathe Easy vapour rub is a completely natural therapeutic blend of cold-busting decongestants and combines kanuka, eucalyptus, peppermint, marjoram, cypress and lemon oils into a delicious bouquet that will help little ones breathe easier.

Breathe Easy is a gorgeous option for an all-natural vapour rub to help soothe both big and little people during periods of congestion and winter illness. And unlike the vapour rubs our mums used, Breathe Easy contains zero menthol or camphor, and absolutely no petroleum-based mineral oils, so you can rest easy that you are not exposing your family’s skin to unsafe ingredients.

Why is Breathe Easy so effective?

Just like when we developed our eczema soothing Kawakawa Repair Balm by engaging with the knowledge and wisdom of Máori Rongoá, we also researched traditional remedies to create a truly decongestant vapour rub that employs the remedial properties of natural plants.

Breathe Easy combines the traditional healing remedies of New Zealand and Australian first peoples with NZ native kanuka and eucalyptus. The vapours of these indigenous leaves have been used for time immemorial for relief from asthma, colds and fever, while their antibacterial, antifungal and anti-infectious properties help prevent the spread of colds and ‘flu.

Cypress, marjoram, lemon and peppermint are traditional antibacterial and decongestant botanicals which have been used across Europe since ancient days, with cypress being employed to soothe coughs and marjoram used to relieve the headaches that so often accompany colds and congestion, and as a sedative.

Safe & natural for sensitive skin

This is a wonderful sleepy-time rub to help both you and your child get a peaceful night’s sleep. We have a Child/Tamariki (ages 2-12) and an Adult / Pakeke (12 years +) version of the chest rub, because we were asked for a more powerful formula for adults. 

The powerfully effective essential oils are blended with beeswax, hemp seed oil and cold-pressed castor oil to ensure that the Breathe Easy balm is gentle on skin, like every product in Frankie Apothecary range.

And, you can choose a roll-on decongestant too!

Breathe Roll On is packed with the same beautiful cold-busting natural essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint, marjoram, cypress, lemon and kanuka in a skin-soothing kawakawa-infused sweet almond oil base.

Roll the therapeutic oil on your wrists or the side of your neck for a delicious smelling vapour that clears your nose - and your mind!

As well as being popular for fighting cold and flu symptoms, the Breathe Roll On is perfect for slipping into a pocket or handbag and taking to work - it can actually make your more clear minded, decisive and less prone to errors! 

A study at Ohio State University found that the scent of lemons improved people’s moods and raised norepinephrine levels (a brain chemical linked to decisiveness and motivation). A Japanese study on typists demonstrated that lemon scent improved accuracy, and workers made 54% fewer errors!

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