About a month ago, I got an email from a friend with a helpful tip for the cold and flu season. I didn't want to post about it until I'd tried it, but unfortunately (I mean fortunately really), I or no one in my household has had a cold which developed into a cough which wouldn't go away. But the season will be over in the not too distant future, so I thought I'd better send this info on to others just in case it works. At least we can be pretty sure it won't hurt. I'll just copy and paste it here for you to keep in mind in case the need arises. Some of you may already know about it, but I didn't before getting the email. Oh, and incidentally, on most over the counter medications, I never use the name brands unless I've got a great coupon and they're on sale. You know that the generic (store brand-whatever the store or pharmacy) works just as well:
"During a lecture on Essential Oils, they told us how the foot soles can absorb oils. Their example: Put garlic on your feet and within 20 minutes you can 'taste' it.
Some of us have used Vicks Vapo rub for years for everything from chapped lips to sore toes and many body parts in between. But I've never heard of this.
And don't laugh, it works 100% of the time, although the scientists who discovered it aren't sure why. To stop night time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vicks Vapo rub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime, then cover with socks.
Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief.
Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines.
In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.
Just happened to tune in A.M. Radio and picked up this guy talking about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good, due to the chemical makeup of these strong drugs so, I listened.
It was a surprise finding and found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bedtime, in addition to have a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly.
My wife tried it on herself when she had a very deep constant and persistent cough a few weeks ago and it worked 100%! She said that it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her, coughing stopped in a few minutes and believe me, this was a deep, ( incredibly annoying!) every few seconds uncontrollable cough, and she slept cough-free for hours every night that she used it.
If you have grandchildren, pass this on. If you end up sick, try it yourself and you will be absolutely amazed at how it works.
DON'T SHUN THIS ONE. TRY IT THE NEXT TIME YOU GET A BAD COLD"
This tip is from me: Did you know that chewing on garlic cloves helps to get rid of congestion? It also has helped rid me of a bad cough. Too bad for the folks that have to live with you, though.
Wishes for your healthy household,