Flu-fighting Tip: Vicks VapoRub

With the US currently in the midst of a flu epidemic, it seemed like a good time to share a couple of tips for getting some flu relief.

The first tip, as described on A Day in My Life, is good for nighttime coughing:

Rub Vick’s VapoRub into the bottom of the patient’s feet and slip on a pair of white socks. You should see (and feel) results in minutes!

One commenter suggested coconut oil mixed with eucalyptus oil as a more natural alternative remedy.

My grandmother uses “Vicks salve”, as she calls it, by the bucket, so I asked her about it last week. She nodded and said that it’s something she’s done for years, but that it hadn’t worked in a recent nasty bout of bronchitis. She thinks she may have built up an immunity to it. :)

On to the next tip. If nasal congestion is the problem, you can buy some of those Vicks Shower Disks and stand in a steamy shower, or you could make your own disks:

According to Frugal by Choice, all you need are baking soda, water, and a few essential oils to make homemade shower disks. Check out the link for the instructional nitty-gritty.

Obviously, these tips should not be mistaken for medical advice, unless they’re coming from your doctor, of course, but they would seem to do no harm.

I’ve only had the “real” flu once, and to be honest, I was so out of it I can’t remember what I did for relief. Good thing I posted this, so if I ever get it again and can make my way to the computer, I’ll know what to do! Have you ever had the flu?