Safety Data & Contraindications For Breathe-EZ Organic Balm

This organic balm is a great all natural replacement for the Over-The-Counter vapor rub products on the market.

From our own personal use of Breathe-EZ, we have experienced the following:

  • The all organic ingredients help to open up congested airways making it easier to breathe through the night when rubbed into the chest.
  • With the use of this rubbed into soles of feet (then covered with socks) overnight, the duration and severity of cold symptoms lessened.
  • We have used 1/4 teaspoon of this mixed into a mug of boiled water for a steam inhalation (keeping eyes closed and DO NOT DRINK IT).

All the essential oils in this product are at 0.83% each. With a maximum dermal strength of 4% total.

– NOT FOR USE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 6 as some ingredients listed below are not recommended for young children.

None of the statements above are approved by the FDA, and are not meant to diagnose or cure any condition, and this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  All information provided here is for educational purposes, and is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

As always, we can not recommend the use of any essential oils (orally, inhalation or dermal) for pregnant women or those attempting to conceive; however, we leave it up to each individual to choose what is right for them.


(Apis cerana; Apis mellifera.) organic beeswax (yellow)

Beeswax contains the following benefits: Beeswax is beneficial in lowering cholesterol and for relieving pain. It has been used in cases of swelling (inflammation), ulcers, diarrhea, and hiccups.

Warnings: No known contraindications for dermal use of beeswax.  And, although beeswax is non-toxic, it may cause some side effects if consumed in very large doses.  If ingested there can be allergic reactions, especially in people who are allergic to honey and other related products.

Coconut Oil is known to have the following benefits and properties:  great for skin care, hair care, improving digestion and immunity against many infections and diseases. Read more here:

Warnings – No known contraindications when applied topically.

(trifolium pratense)

Red Clover Blossom is known for: lowering cholesterol, stimulating urine production, treating estrogen imbalances, increasing circulation, strengthening bones, reducing hypertension, boosting the immune system, and assisting the cardiovascular system. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are found in the herbal extracts, and contribute to Red Clover’s potency.

Warnings: Ingestion of Red Clover Blossom is not suggested nor recommended. Do not use if you are being medicated for any hormone-related or cancer condition.

(verbascum thapus)

Mullein oil is used in our Breathe-EZ Rub for the following properties: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, relaxant, and tranquilizing substance. This is a respiratory workhorse and is beneficial in the treatment of : ailments of the respiratory system, such as congestion, coughs, whooping cough, bronchitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, tracheitis, and asthma, as well as infectious diseases like influenza, tuberculosis, and urinary tract infections. It is also used to treat chilblains and hemorrhoids. Read more here:

Warnings: No known contraindications for dermal use. It is non-toxic and a non-irritant.

(thymus vulgaris) (geraniol CT) is a more mild Thyme chemotype and is useful skin products for acne or eczema or for problems of the ear, nose and throat or taken internally for blood infections. It has the following benefits and properties: antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic, and diuretic.

Warnings: Constituents in Thyme oil may inhibit platelet aggregation (thus reducing blood clotting) so the oral use of Thyme is cautioned in the following circumstances:

  • If taking anti-coagulant drugs (aspirin, heparin, warfarin)
  • Breastfeeding mothers
  • Hemophilia
  • Peptic ulcers or Internal bleeding
  • Severe hepatic or renal impairment (liver/kidney failure or impairment)
  • Hypertensive or diabetic retinopathy (vision impairment or loss due to disease of retina)
  • Thrombocytopenia (decreased platelet count)
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)
  • Up to a week before or after major surgery or child birth.

Thyme oil may be choleretic (which means it helps to stimulate the production of bile by the liver)

  • Contraindications when taken orally : Cholestasis
  • Warning when taken orally: Drugs that are metabolized by CYP2B6
  • Caution with hyperthyroidism, since Thyme may also stimulate the thyroid gland.
  • Caution with high blood pressure, since Thyme can be used to increase circulation.
  • Caution for people with allergies to rosemary or mint oils, since Thyme contains many of the same constituents.

(foeniculum vulgare) – Fennel essential oil is beneficial in the treatment of: Bruises, cellulitis, flatulence, gums, halitosis, mouth ulcers, nausea, obesity, toxin build-up, water retention.

Warnings: Fennel Oil may interact with medication, and it may inhibit blood clotting. Oxidized fennel essential oil is more likely to cause skin sensitization, so make sure your oil is safe from oxidization. Contraindications for use in pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis, estrogen-dependent cancers, and children under 5. The recommended maximum dermal is 2.5%.

(rosmarinus officinalis) * Very important to use good quality rosemary oil, as some can be adulterated with eucalyptus oil, white camphor oil or turpentine oil. We use Rosmarinus officinalis ct. verbenone which contains less camphor

Rosemary oil is known to have the following beneficial properties: antiseptic, improving circulation, expectorant/decongestant, helps to treat oily skin/acne, great for scalp and hair care, including hair loss, stimulating (mental and physical), helps with memory retention, increases focus and alertness.


  • warning – Rosemary Oil is potentially neurotoxic, depending on the level of camphor present in the oil. We check our oil, you will need to check yours.
  • warning – Do not use on or near the face of infants and children (due to 1,8-cineole CT)
  • recommended dermal maximums of 16.5% for Rosemary Camphor and 6.5% for Rosemary Verbenone. (you will need to know the chemotype of your oil)
  • knowing where your Rosemary Oil was grown can help identify it’s chemotype and then you can narrow down the benefits/risks.

(mentha piperita) – Peppermint essential oil contains the following benefits:digestive, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, respiratory and circulation benefits.  You can read more here:


  • Due to peppermint containing 40% or more 1,8-cineole, it should not be applied to the face of infants or children, or otherwise inhaled by them. (children under the age of 2 for sure..use judgement for older children)
  • Menthol-rich oils should be avoided by anyone with heart disease or cardiac fibrillation.
  • Can irritate sensitive skin.
  • Drug interaction with felodipine is suspected.

(eucalyptus radiata) – This type of eucalyptus essential oil is beneficial in treating arthritis, bronchitis, catarhh, cold sores, colds, coughing, fever, flu, poor circulation, and sinusitis.

Warnings: Due to its 1,8 cineole content, eucalyptus radiata may cause CNS and breathing problems in young children. Do not use on or around that face of infants or children under the age of 10. Maximum dermal application is 20%. Do Not Ingest.

Data gathered during our research and studies, from some of the following sources:

  • Tisserand, Robert, and Rodney Young. Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier, 2014. Web.
  • “Aromatherapy School and Courses – Aromahead Institute School of Essential Oil Studies.” Aromatherapy School and Courses. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2016.
  • “National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.” NAHA/safety. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.
  • Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. San Rafael, CA: New World Library, 1991. Print.
  • The U.S. National Library of Medicine: PubMed.