DIY: Decongestant Ointment with Puritan’s Pride® Essential Oils

Puritan's Pride essential oils for cold and cough

I’m totally new to using essential oils (EO) and slowly starting to experiment with them. A family friend, a massage therapist, introduced EO to me. I thought EO were just used for aromatherapy during massages. I could not have been more wrong.

I received the Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Wonder Oil, and Scent Ball from Puritan’s Pride® for review. These items are absolutely perfect for winter use. My friend told me to use peppermint oil as a decongestant rub. I have to tell you, one whiff of peppermint truly clears my stuffy nose. As for use with kids, EO are so potent that you always need to use a carrier oil before applying them to kids.

Puritan’s Pride® Essential Oils
  • Multi-purpose
  • Eucalyptus oil is steam-distilled and plant originates from China
  • Peppermint oil is steam-distilled or cold-pressed and plant originates from US and India
  • Goes well with each other and Cedarwood, Rosemary, and Lemon EO

As a decongestant rub, I’ve tried both peppermint and eucalyptus. By far, I favor the peppermint over the eucalyptus. It has a stronger scent than the eucalyptus. I put about a dime size of the Wonder Oil on my palm and add one drop of the peppermint oil to mix. I then rub on my feet and the kids’ feet. This is something my friend suggested to me. She actually does the same thing with her daughters and have warded off colds during the winter season. I definitely prefer this over a very popular brand of decongestant ointment. I’m not a fan of rubbing petrolatum all over the kids.

peppermint essential oil cough and cold ointment

baby feet

As for the Eucalyptus Oil, I put about 6 drops onto the reusable pads that came with the Scent Ball. Like peppermint, it does help with clearing my nasal passage for nice, unobstructed breaths. Once I plug in the ball and let the aroma diffuse, it takes a few minutes before I can actually smell the eucalyptus. Oh and what a sweet smell it is. We’ve used a diffusing fan in the past for when the kids were congested. The Scent Ball certainly diffuses the EO, however, it does not diffuse like the diffusing fan does. I have placed the ball in different parts of our little home and the aroma doesn’t really get too far from where I plugged it in. I love the idea of a plug-in since it’s more eco-friendly than using a battery-operated diffusing fan. I just wished the ball spread out the aroma further.

eucalyptus essential oil diffuser

I’ve used the Wonder Oil with and without EO. I really like the faint citrus scent. A little of the oil goes a long way. It absorbs quickly in the skin and does not leave a greasy residue. It’s a really nice carrier oil. I have yet to try it for other uses, and there are many.

Wonder Oil carrier oil for massage, hair, and body

In addition to EO, Puritan’s Pride® offers a variety of products for the entire family such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other nutritional supplements. The company also has health/beauty products, healthy foods, sports nutrition, and pet products. The company sells their own label as well as others and has served millions of customers over the last 40 years. Since I am new to EO, and still learning about them, I like that the price point of Puritan’s Pride EO are pretty affordable compared to some brands I’ve tried in the past. The peppermint is $9.99 and the eucalyptus is $7.99 for 10 milliliters. Even the organic EO are decently priced.

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Since publishing this post, I have done more research on essential oils. Eucalyptus and peppermint are not recommended for children under the age of 10.1, 2 Please use caution and your own judgement when applying essential oils to kids under the age of 10. Although the kids have had no adverse reaction when I applied diluted peppermint or eucalyptus on them, I have since stopped using these particular essential oils around the kids, in topical or diffusion form. I still continue to use them for myself.

1Safe Essential Oil Use for Babies and Children
2Essential Oils and Children

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.


  1. Jane Simmons says:

    Wouldn’t mind trying them out. I have no idea as to the quality of them, but I’m curious to see. I’ve heard of Puritan’s Pride before, just never gotten around to using them.

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