Vicks VapoRub on Feet

Cough medicines are not only hazardous for your child’s health, they do no good whatsoever. At least in my humble experience. I wonder if they’d make a good weedkiller?

Anyhow, I just have to pass along this great information because I’ve tried it several times now, on different kids, and my mom has tried it–all with success…it’s just so amazing, I can’t not share it with you!

It all started with an email forward. As with most email forwards, there is no way of contacting the original author either to fall down at her feet and praise her blessed name or to ask her permission to publish this at my site, but I figure she probably won’t mind. Forwards being forwards, and all.

Anyway, my mil sent this to me, the Vick’s skeptic that I am…only because I’ve suffered through having it on my nostrils and throat one too many times throughout my childhood and never thought it made an ounce of difference, will all the Vick’s VapoRub survivors say aye, aye? Aye, aye.

But I could barely sleep one night due to my 3 year old’s coughing. Finally I decided to try the vaporub on her, but she was in footie pajamas and on the top bunk so I figured Vicks being Vicks, I’d smear some on her throat and chest and call it good. Half an hour later–she’s still hacking. In fact, she ended up coughing so hard she vomited.

So here I was, at midnight, cleaning her up. Since she was out of her PJ’s at this point, I went ahead and slathered some Vick’s on the soles of her feet. Followed it up with socks, clean sheets and re-tucked the exhausted little thing in bed.

Nary a cough the rest of the night. Nor the rest of the week, thanks to me smartening up and applying Vick’s before PJ time each night. And as I said, I put my 7 yo through the same ritual when she was fighting the chest cold a week later. Worked great. And ask my mom how it allowed her to get much needed rest at night during her own cold.

And now with no further ado from your’s truly: the email forward that started it all…


I wish I’d known this when my family was young during winter colds and coughs. I am going to try it myself. Share with young parents.

Isn’t life strange? When we had 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 Vaporub 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 at the Canada Research council (who discovered it) aren’t sure why.

To stop night time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out
personally), put Vicks Vaporub 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 r elief. 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.

I heard the head of the Canada Research Council describe these findings on the part of their scientists when they were investigating the effectiveness and usage of prescription cough medicines in children as compared to alternative therapies like acupressure.

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. Polly tried it on herself when she had avery 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 it on. If you end up sick, try it yourself and you will be absolutely amazed by the effects.

Mary again:

I am not a doctor! I’m just passing this info along in the hopes that it helps you and your loved ones get some much-needed sleep and relief from the coughing that commonly arises at night for cold sufferer’s. Please visit the Vick’s VapoRub website for more info on this product, and use your own good judgment from there.

59 thoughts on “Vicks VapoRub on Feet”

  1. I have just gotten over the flu and as a result got acute bronchititus. That hacking cough, phlegm and wheezing. I could not sleep at night for the coughing. Well this friend of mine suggested that putting Vick vapor rub on the soles of my feet and covering them in socks before I went to bed would help. After trying everything else last night in desparation I tried the Vicks (actually Walgreens brand). It is amazing, it worked instantaly. However the moment I got up this morning the cough is back. I don’t care what nay-sayers might say, I am here to tell you it worked for me. By the way, going to the doctors this afternoon for something for the bronchititus.

  2. Tom, thanks so much for taking time to share how it worked positively for you! It’s such a helpful trick to have up your sleeve. Sounds like you’ve really been through the bugs, argh! Hope you find relief soon from your bronchitis. We’re trying out some herbal remedies for bronchitis for my mom this week, and so far, they’re working really well to break up her congestion. So we know what you’re going through.

    Godspeed to good health, friend!

  3. So, I just heard about this last night from my mother after once again getting sick and having a horrible cough making it impossible to sleep through the night. The cough syrup I had wasn’t working. The Mucinex I had, I think made the congestion worse (it was draining, running, now it’s all dried and stuck). Just miserable. So, I tried it. It didn’t completely stop the coughing, and their were still some coughing fits after putting it on and this morning, but less than what I had been dealing with for two days. Granted I didn’t put a very thick layer on. I’d say still undetermined.

  4. I hope you’re feeling better tonight! This remedy has worked for us every single time (and we’ve done it plenty). I just used it again a week ago…tried to tough it out but was coughing what seemed like every 10 seconds in bed…put the Vicks (we’ve actually switched to using Unkers) on my feet and I didn’t cough again period. So amazing how well it works. We do slather on a thick layer though. Maybe that would make a difference. Hopefully you won’t need anything to help you sleep w/o coughing tonight though!

  5. That’s good to know. I never realized what a line of products they had, until I wrote this post about Vicks. We steer clear of SLS’s here too.

    Thanks for posting how it’s worked for you!

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