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Last Modified on Feb 14, 2016


Vicks  
13 User Reviews | 11 YEA | 2 NAY

Posted by Maryann (Morton, Illinois) on 11/11/2008

[YEA]  During 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 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 relief. 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.

Replied by Emilyr
Portland, Or
03/29/2011
[YEA]   Wow Vick's on my feet gave me a night of peace after 2 weeks of a nagging, horrible cough - and very little sleep for my husband and myself. I am 36 and pregnant, and want to avoid medications... But had resorted to using Robetussin which did not help one bit. I had high hopes for ACV honey but so far that has not helped. Still looking for a way to deal with the day-time coughing, but at least I have found a way to get much needed rest! Thanks for this tip!

Posted by Vicki (Durban, South Africa) on 07/10/2008

[YEA]  Don't laugh, it really works! Found in an old herbal etc remedy book.

If you have a child or adult that keeps coughing at night, rub the underneath of the feet with the vicks vapour rub, put on socks to avoid messy bedding, and hey presto!...Knowledge is power, deep hunting for it.....regards from South Africa


Posted by Hope (Sacramento, CA) on 03/07/2008

[YEA]  Last night I had a bad cough plus sore throat. I had tried the cayenne with water gargle and it worked , but I still had a cough. After seeing the vicks remedy on your site, I tried it and indeed, within 15 minutes , no more cough and ,in addition, I soon fell into a very deep and restful sleep!


Posted by Tisha (Houston, Texas)

[YEA]  I had pneumonia last year, and the worst time trying to get rid of the "Leftover" symptoms; i.e. cough. I was told to rub Vapor Rub on my feet, and put socks over it. To my amazement, it worked like a charm!!

Replied by Dawn
Whitby, North Yorkshire
06/18/2008
[YEA]   YES. This is so wierd, how does it work? It definately does work though. You could have knocked me down with a feather when it did :)

Vitamin A  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by John H (Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, Uk) on 01/18/2011

[YEA]  For years I had a cough without apparent reason (no infection). I then noticed if I ate liver the cough completely disappeared within 24 hours. Further investigation showed that I just has a Vitamin A deficiency and the problem was resolved eating liver once a week or taking a Vitamin A supplement. I have found that Vitamin A retinol works much better the carrots (carotin) but be aware not to have too much retinol. I have tested this by stopping the Vitamin A and the cough returns. This is worth a try for anyone having a chronic cough or any mucus membrane problems.


Warm Milk  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Liz (Fresno, CA) on 11/02/2006

[YEA]  Even though everyone has always told me that dairy products encourage mucus production, what I have found is that very warm milk soothes my throat and stops the cough, just long enough so I can fall asleep


White Vinegar and Honey  
2 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Mae (Mercer island, wa) on 03/02/2008

[YEA]  I had a hacking non stop cough for 3 weeks. The kind that makes you double over and kills your abs. I tried cough drops, doctor visit for pills, benadryl, lemon tea and ginger candy. Nothing worked and I was so worn out from lack of sleep. I had honey and white vinegar so i took a 1/3 cup of vinegar and a huge tablespoon of honey and heated it up slightly in the microwave and took a couple of sips.

I was not expecting it to work that quickly. It is amazing. I am not cured, but it gave me time to breath and I was able to sleep through the night and I sipped the vinegar as needed. amazing!


Posted by Nicky (Upland, CA) on 02/17/2008

[YEA]  How funny; I'm a real skeptic about home remedies, but ended up browsing your site after doing a search for cough cures.

Of course I didn't believe all these folks' claims that apple cider vinegar and honey helped their cough, but, well, since I've had this persistent cough for almost two months, I figured I'd give it a try.

Like another poster here, I only had regular white vinegar, so I used that (about 2/3 cup) and some honey (a big tablespoonful)...and was, predictably, quite surprised that it really did help! That uncontrollable cough reflex has gone and even the congestion in my nose cleared up. Pretty cool!

I'll be using this remedy (especially since I'm a freak and I actually do like the taste of vinegar and honey!) until I kick this cough completely.

Thanks!