Eucalyptus oil is what I hope will save me/us.
Below is information taken directly from mountainroseherbs.com regarding the use and properties of eucalyptus oil.
So off to google land I went to find an alternative. There are many. The majority of the ones I found called for coconut oil, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint oil. Some also included lemon essential oil. I had all but the lemon essential oil in my cupboards.
In a small glass dish I mixed 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 7 drops of eucalyptus oil, and 7 drops of peppermint oil.
I plan on locating and hiding all petroleum based vaporubs before bed tonight, to be replaced by this new and improved recipe. I hope that we can all rest well tonight and feel better in the morning. At the very least, we will have silky smooth and fresh smelling feet. Oh yeah. And the other bonus would be that this likely cost under a dollar to make.
Note: I have read that eucalyptus oil is not to be used on children under the age of 2, or when pregnant. There may be other contraindictions I am not aware of.