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Advising on Aromatic Rubs

Discover how aromatic rubs can play a key role in customers’ fight against symptoms of colds and congestion

  • Understand the 4 key features of aromatic rubs
  • Know how aromatic rubs can support a good night’s sleep
  • Feel confident recommending aromatic rubs to relieve cold symptoms for the whole family

About aromatic rubs

An aromatic rub can include ingredients such as menthol, camphor, thyme oil, eucalyptus oil, pine oil or turpentine oil.

They can be used in two ways:

  1. As a rub on product (topical rubefacient)
    For adults, the rub should be applied liberally to the chest, throat and back. For children over 2 years apply lightly to chest and back only. Rub in well and leave nightclothes loose for easy inhalation of the vapours. Aromatic rubs can cause a mild cooling or burning sensation when they are applied to the skin.
  2. Inhalation method
    For adults and children over the age of 12, melt 2 teaspoons of the aromatic rub in hot water and inhale the vapours for 10-15 minutes.

Advisory notes

  • Aromatic rubs should not be used in children under 2 years of age
  • Customers with airway disease (e.g. asthma) should be referred to the pharmacist
  • Women should avoid breastfeeding if using the product as a rub
  • Aromatic rubs should not be applied to broken skin
  • Do not apply to the face. If the product gets into the eyes rinse with water
  • Check the pack details for usage instructions before using an aromatic rub