Learned about this interesting new technique to sleep better with a cough from the Oregon DC’s weekly email! Here’s the info that was passed along.
“During a lecture on Essential Oils, they told us how the foot soles can absorb oils. Their example was to put garlic on your feet and within 20 minutes you can ‘taste’ it.
Some of us have used Vicks Vapo Rub for years for all sorts of things but I’ve never heard of this. And don’t laugh, it works 100% of the time, although 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 Vapo Rub 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 hours of relief. It has been found to be more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition, it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.
Just happened to tune in AM 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 the strong drugs, so I listened. He said it was a surprise to find that Vicks Vapo Rub worked, and was found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bedtime, as well as providing a warm, calming feeling.
My wife tried it on herself when she had a very 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, 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.”
I personally have never tried this, but I think I will next time I have a cough! Seems like a fairly easy, harmless way to see if we can’t get some better sleep during cold/flu season!