Monday, January 19, 2009

Vicks Vaporub-I ♥ you!

Insomnia has been my best friend these past few days. Waking up with a hacking cough every hour has been seriously interferring with my shut-eye. I have tried drinking water, cough syrup, cough drops, hot herbal tea, sitting up, lying down and still that annoying tickle would not let up and allow me to go to sleep!
A few nights ago, in the midst of my sleep deprived brain, this thought occurred to me:
Vicks Vaporub!
I had recently received an email from my friend Michelle reminding me of the old remedy of slathering Vicks on the bottoms of the feet, cover with socks, and it is supposed to give relief to the cough.......at 1:45 am, one is willing to try anything! My mother used to coat our chests and throats with it when we had colds years ago....

So I shuffled down the hall to search for my stash of Vaporub, hidden somewhere in the depths of the bathroom closet, found the stuff, and proceeded to thoroughly coat the bottoms of my feet with the odiforous stuff, add socks, smear plenty on my throat and as an extra added measure, slather a generous coating on my lips........

Bundling myself up in a warm quilt on the couch, I waited for relief.

Lo and behold, within 15 minutes that nagging tickle began to subside, I drifted off....and I slept for four whole hours straight!!

So I pay homage and tribute to my new BFF these days: Vicks Vaporub, now with a place of honor on my nightstand....

10 comments:

Granny J said...

At the first sign of a tingly throat I slather on the Vicks, wrap one of my hubby's old (yet clean), long, long, socks around my throat and pray whatever 'it' is will be short lived! I don't like the feel of it on my skin but oh the relief!

Check out my blog in a bit and give me a call if you're interested.

Patrice said...

Oh, hurray! Coughing all night is MISERABLE.

Joy For Your Journey said...

I am so sorry you have been so miserable! But, glad you have found something to help. My mother always used vicks on us as well and I have at times used it on myself and kids. Hopefully this is the beginning of a better day for you and from here on out it is just better and better health!

John Taylor Family said...

Yeah! Hope you feel better soon...I had it for weeks I know how you feel..NOT FUN!!

Pedaling said...

i love coming here for the most practical and helpful tips. i love vicks but have never applied it to my feet- believe me i will now when the need arises.
and i don't know if i thanked you properly, but i printed the christmas list/questionnaire for my kids this season and it was so so very helpful and i will be using it every year. thank you.

Momza said...

Yea! glad you are feeling better!
hip!hip!hooray! for VICKS!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I hope you get feeling better soon, and glad you found a new friend!

In response to your comment, have you been putting vinegar in the rinse? I put vinegar in the fabric softener compartment every single time and I have never had a problem with buildup. Also, I use hot or warm water, and I don't use fabric softener, because the vinegar does the trick.

I hope that helps a little!

Lori said...

Good deal, I will definetly add that to my remedy medicines. Cole has a nasty cough too. I know what to try now, thanks! Hope you feel better:) I got my blog templete from 'the cutest blog'.

Kassi Jane said...

o man i was wondering if you were sick since you havent bloged the last couple days...hope you get better!

Jessica said...

Mom - when i was staying at your house while you were in Portugal I was hacking....i turned on the humidfier. That helped too. Oh it does work incase you were wondering ;)