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Stinky Goodness That Makes You Breath So Good
Member Name: Autumnrose
Advantages: Helps clear congestion, provides easier breathing.
Disadvantages: May cause a reaction on some
Growing up it seemed that I was always sick. My grandmother was a firm believer of Vicks Vapo Rub. Every time I even acted like I was coming down with something she would rub it all over my chest sure that it would knock out what ever was creeping up on me. Positive that she needed to knock what ever it was clean out of the house to spare the rest of the family getting sick. Vicks was always on hand and you knew she was coming for you by the smell long before you ever saw her.
Now that I have grown up and started my own family I find that some things I use just like my grandmother did. Vicks is one of those items. We seem to keep a pot on hand for many reasons that we may have. .
Now that its winter time I have stocked up on the Vicks Vapo Rub. As I open the pot I am greeted with a warm scent of menthol. Vicks consists of a petroleum based jelly mixed with menthol. Over the years I have seen that they have tried to mask the scent of menthol with such scents as cherry but I have to say that when it comes to me and mine we stick with the good old fashioned scent. It seems to work better. At least my head tells me it works better.
The first time I had a reason to use Vicks this year was just last week when my daughter came home from school sounding like a harbor seal. Barking worse than the dog. As she got unbundled I had her lay on the couch while I went to grab the Vicks. Opening the Vicks she was all happy knowing it was just a matter of time before she would be filling better.
When I apply the Vicks I use a cotton ball that way I don't have to get my hands all oily. As I was rubbing it all over her chest I could instantly hear her breathing even out as the menthol in the Vicks went straight to work. As she laid on the couch under covers breathing in the soothing scent of Vicks I could tell that she was already starting to feel better. Her cough had slowed down so that she no longer sound like a seal calling for his mate, and her breathing was not so labored.
As the night wore on she was getting better and better by the minute. I pulled out the vaporizer and loaded it down with the Vicks as well. Figured that it would not hurt to have it going out into the air as well maybe helping every one in the house breath as well as my daughter. So that night as the house filled up with the scent of Vicks I noticed that the entire house was breathing better in general.
I have just recently read an article however that states using Vicks Vapo Rub on small children is not wise as it may be to strong and cause them to injure their lungs as well as the skin that the rub was placed on. I will say that in all of my years of using Vicks and having it used on me I have never had a problem with that but I do guess that some people are more sensitive to those things than my family is.
All in all this is a great product that does exactly as it says. I would have no problem recommending this to any one. How ever if you have a very young child as with all medicine you should consult your doctor before using.
Summary: Great product been around for ages still doing what it does best.