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A breath of fresh air in times of cold!
Member Name: valve90210
Advantages: A very effective product
Disadvantages: None really
Vicks Vapour rub is one of those things which your parents used on you when you were ill as a child, and as you've grown up, you still associate it with feeling full of cold and being unable to sleep. Then when you're grown up and suffering from a terrible cold, unable to sleep properly and when you finally do drift off waking up with a terrrible dry, sore throat on top of the bunged up/runny nose and head ache you already had, you have forgotten about the vapour rub your mum used when you you were younger. Someone mentions it after a you've been suffering for several days, and you shrug it off as unlikely to be of any help and you continue on in your suffering!
This was certainly the case with me for a few years, then during one horrible cold, I got myself a pot of vicks and applied a liberal coating to my chest and throat just before bed. The menthol vapours almost immediately having an effect on my sore sinuses, my breathing became a little easier. As I snuggled up in bed trying to keep nice and warm, the warmth in the bed and my duvet cocoon made the menthol vapours stronger and more abundant, before I knew it, I woke up in the morning feeling considerably better for having had a good nights sleep.
I still had a cold and still suffered with a blocked sinuses etc during the day but the relief of a good nights sleep really helped me to feel better. The body needs its rest, and at times when you have a horrible cold, it is under a lot of strain and to have a lack of time for the body to rest and rebuild and fight off the illness really doesn't help. A good amount of sleep at times when you have a cold really helps the body to recover.
This is exactly what the Vicks Vapour Rub is for, it eases the symptoms of the cold which cause difficulty in sleeping, it eases blocked sinuses so you can breathe more freely through your nose helping to stop you breathing just through your mouth which adds to sore throats and makes breathing more difficult in a lot of sleeping positions. This freeing up of your airways also helps ease sinus headaches which again make sleeping difficult.
The vapour rub itself is basically a menthol petrolium jelly, it is a waxy thick product, off white in appearance and with a stong menthol scent.
Application is simply a case of rubbing it into the chest and throat, and the upper back (not easy unless someone does it for you). I find that it helps to really rub it in well and get some heat into the rub while you are doing it as the menthol vapours are released with the warmth and really help them to start working their magic as quickly as possible. I also find that if you really snuggle up in a duvet cocoon in your bed and can get your nose under the duvet, the vapours get to your airways really quickly.
This is a very effective product and does exactly what it is intended to do, free up your airways allowing for easier breathing, relief of sinus pain/headaches thus allowing much better sleep which in turn gives the body a chance to recouperate and fight off the cold.
For relief of blocked sinuses etc during the day you can also use the vicks in a steam treatment. To do this, simply disolve a small spoonful in a boil of hot water, place a towel over your head and the boil and inhale the vapours. This again is very effective however, I don't tend to do this very often as it ios not exactly a pleasant experience, you need to keep your head under the towel for quite a length of time to have a good effect, leaving your face really hot and quite red, not exactly what you really want when suffering from a cold. ALso, the vapour can really make your eyes water so best to keep them closed when doing this. Also I'd recommend using an old boil because once the water has cooled and the vicks starts to set out, cleaning the bowl is bit of a chore as it is so waxy and water repellant! ;o)
The only slight negative point about Vicks vapour rub is the pricing. Although it is not expensive, when compared to own brand versions of the same thing, it is more pricey. However, I would still recommend getting the Vicks product over the own brand versions for one simple reason. With every own brand version I have tried, their is something slightly more harsh about the menthol vapours which has been a little unpleasant and a bit too, for want of a better description, chemical. Although they work well, they are not as pleasant to use as the vicks, as they leave almost a taste at the back of your throat which is not nice, the vicks doesn't do this.
Overall, a great product, which works very well indeed! I always keep a pot of this in my medical box for use as soon as I feel a cold coming on!!!
Summary: A great product
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