Nothing reminds you of cold and flu season like nasal congestion and a hacking cough in September.
My sinuses have been kicking up like crazy for the past few weeks and I’ve been spending some time in prayer for simple things, like being able to breathe out of my nose, deliverance from coughing, and for God to fix the leaky faucet in my nose.
Last year when Little Man had a cough, Ms. Janice told me about a home remedy that would take care of cough and congestion over night. She told me to put a layer of Vicks Vapor Rub on the bottom of Little Man’s feet, put some socks on him, and put him to bed. I promise you, I didn’t hear much coughing and congestion out of him after that night. It was a dramatic improvement!
I didn’t remember this miracle remedy until I had been down for the count for a few days. After using almost a roll of toliet paper to blow my nose, a light bulb came on:
If that remedy worked for Little Man, it probably will work for me too!
I put a thick slab of Vicks Vapor Rub on the bottom of my feet and put on my blue fuzzy socks. I love fuzzy socks! Anyway, I had the best sleep that night! I woke up that morning and immediately thought, Wow! I can breathe out of my nose!
Good thing Dear Hubby was out of town, cause our bedroom smelled like a Vicks Vapor Rub factory. I had to wash the sheets and comforter, but that’s okay. I could breathe again!
I did an online search and found that this remedy is actually called an “urban legend”. Apparently, an email went viral about this remedy, saying that scientists did a study on this and found it to be effective.
Of course, snopes.com found this email to be false, but only because it has never been scientifically tested for the purpose of being placed on the feet to relieve cough and congestion.
Regardless of whether it was scientifically tested or not, I found it to be very effective for me and Little Man. Besides, in my experience, the only harm this can cause is smelly sheets and socks.
Moral of the story: If you or your children have a stuffy runny nose, constant cough, or chest congestion, try putting some Vicks Vapor Rub on the bottom of your feet with some socks. I bet you a box of Kleenex that you will notice a difference in the morning.
Have you ever heard of this remedy?
What are some of your tried and true home remedies?