Long before I became a student of the Essential Oils, I found the Vick's Baby Rub for the little stuffy nosed kids during the night. It opens them up and helps them sleep just a little better during those rough nights. I am sure many of you have tried this and have a little jar in your medicine cabinet. Since I started with oils, I am a fan of the eucalyptus, lavender and Exchange oil to help. I haven't touched this little jar since. But...I received an email from a friend the other day talking about the vapor rub for coughs. It just so happened that Tate started coughing that day. The email said to rub the vapor rub on the souls of the feet and then put socks on. It will knock the cough out. It works with my oils, but, for the sake of my readers who don't prescribe to the oils, I thought I would take it upon myself to be the test case.
I put it on when Tate was sleeping and already coughing. I massaged it into the balls of his feet, the chest reflexology point for 5 minutes or so. I put on the socks and left the room. Within minutes, he no longer coughed and did not cough for the entire night. I did so the next night and not a cough in site as soon as it was applied. As you probably know, cough medicine is not only horrible for you but doesn't work for kids anyways. This is such a better way to go!
So, what is in this vapor rub? Eucalyptus oil, lavender, coconut oil. It is the poor girls essential oil kit. I don't like that it has a petroleum oil base but at least it is on the feet and not in the mouth. I will still use my pure oils but for those of you who aren't going that route, I have tried it out. It works! It is cheap. Thanks, Mary Ann for the tip!