If you are using steam pods or balms, stop now!

Key takeaways:

  • Petroleum jelly and gelatin (or any fat-based substances) are harmful to your lungs.
  • The melting point of petroleum jelly is greater than the human body temperature.
  • When you inhale its particles, they can solidify in your lungs and cause many lung issues.



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Steam inhalation has been a popular home remedy for centuries, known for its soothing effects on respiratory problems. However, not all methods of steam inhalation are created equal.

Do you use steam pods, green capsules, or petroleum jelly-based balms in hot water for this purpose? If you're someone who has been doing this, it's time to reconsider your approach. In this blog post, we'll delve into the potential dangers of these practices and explore a safer and more natural alternative.

First and foremost, let's address the issue of steam pods and green capsules. These products are often marketed as convenient options for steam inhalation, promising quick relief from congestion and other respiratory issues. However, what many people may not be aware of is that these pods and capsules contain petroleum jelly inside them and gelatin (derived from animal fats) in their outer covering. When exposed to hot water, this petroleum jelly melts and releases microparticles into the steam you inhale.

When you breathe in these microparticles, they enter your lungs. Any fat-based substances (lipoids) — such as petroleum jelly or mineral oil — for long periods can cause lung problems. Moreover, the problem with petroleum jelly is that its melting point is higher than the human body temperature, which means that once it cools down inside your lungs, it can solidify. This can lead to a range of health issues and complications, as foreign substances shouldn't be present in your respiratory system.

Similarly, adding balms directly to hot water for inhalation also causes the same problem.

Inhalation of petroleum jelly and gelatin is harmful, and its presence in your respiratory system can lead to irritation and potential long-term health problems.

So, what's the safer alternative to these potentially harmful practices?

Essential oils have been used for centuries for various therapeutic purposes, including respiratory health. They offer a safe and effective way to enhance your steam inhalation experience without the risks associated with steam pods, green capsules, or petroleum jelly-based balms.

By using natural essential oils directly instead of steam pods or capsules, you can enjoy the benefits of steam inhalation without exposing yourself to potential health risks. Essential oils have been proven to have therapeutic properties that can help alleviate congestion, soothe irritated airways, and promote overall respiratory wellness. Choosing natural essential oils to enhance your steam inhalation experience safely and effectively.

Your respiratory health should always be a top priority, and making the switch to essential oils is a step in the right direction.



  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_jelly
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/petroleum-jelly/expert-answers/faq-20057784#:~:text=Petroleum%20jelly%20is%20generally%20safe,periods%20can%20cause%20lung%20problems.
  3. https://www.tedpella.com/SDS_html/19225_sds.pdf
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