Monday, January 31, 2011

A sick girl's best friend

Good IdeasI have spent the weekend trying not to hack up a lung.  Seriously, I thought I felt one about to spew forth during one particularly violent coughing bout on Sunday, but I think I got it back into place.  It could go at any minute though.

My best friend when I'm feeling like this is good old Vicks VapoRub.  Is there anything better in the entire world?  I think not.

I perused the internet this weekend looking for home remedies and came across one that swears if you slather Vicks on your feet at night and then put on socks, it will stop you from coughing.  I am not ashamed to admit I tried this....I was desperate...and my family was starting to look at me like they might stuff a pillow over my face if I didn't stop the coughing madness...and either it worked, or the other home remedy...a tbsp of Vodka mixed with a tbsp of honey...worked.

Either way, the combo of Vicks slathered feet and my vodka/honey shooter stopped me from coughing long enough to at least get to sleep. 

But I digress...back to my "Ode to Vicks".  Not only do those soothing, medicated vapors help relieve coughing and congestion (I sound like a commercial here, don't I?), but the mere smell brings back so many childhood memories.

I remember at the first sign of sniffles, my mom would slather me up with Vicks VapoRub (I still reel from the time she put a dab under my nose and it burned like fire for what seemed like a week...I still bare the emotional scars of that debacle),  haul out the electric steam vaporizer, pour in some Vicks VapoSteam liquid, set it up beside my bed, shut the door, and I'd be out for the night, surrounded by the heavenly aroma of mentholyptus. 

Now, this would never pass muster for today's children.  First, it was HOT water...beside the bed, or...gasp...on the dresser where it could be pulled down and scald a child...all very valid safety concerns, but somehow we managed to survive these deathtraps.  I even used the very same deathtrap vaporizer when my own girls were small.  Guessing I'm probably not "Mother of the Year" material.

So, the next time you get the sniffles, grab that trusty blue jar of Vicks, slather it on, and relive the "wonderful" memories of childhood.  Oh, and if that doesn't work, there's always the vodka/honey cocktail.


  1. Vicks was a staple of my childhood also. And, from time to time I still use it. I've never heard the cough cure though. I'll have to remember that one. Glad your beginning to feel better.

  2. I still keep a little pot of it in my bedside table in case my nose is too stuffy to fall asleep!

  3. I hadn't thought about a vaporizer in years. My mom always used that for us. I hope you are feeling much better today.

  4. Shannon, I think as long as I've lived (and we all know that's a long time) we have never been without Vick's in our home. Mr. Bruce reaches for tea when he feels a cold coming on, me....I grab the Vick's. Hopefully you are better today and now involved in the tornadoes down there.

  5. Poor you Shannon! Sorry you've ben so sick.

    Mr. Brown Socks swears by Vics and goes to bed with a big glob up his nose when he is sick. He swears it's the answer!