posted on Mar, 10 2006 @ 10:01 AM
I'm not exactly sure whether this
is a bona-fide "home remedy" or the cause of my P.T.S.D (post traumatic stress disorder). Still, it might
be helpful. When I was a little kid (too young to put up a good resistance) my mother would slather
all over my neck and chest (ugh). Then she would wrap my throat
with a wool scarf.
This was the
treatment that my mom would prescribe when I had a sore throat, cough and chest cold. I'm not certain whether this "rememdy"
actually had any medical merit but I always recovered. However, I now have an unnatural abhorrance of the anything slick, slimy or greasy being
applied to my chest or neck. As a kid, all I could do was "lie there" , trying not to move a muscle as movement would make me aware of the
disgusting sensation of Vicks on my throat, neck and chest. Inevitably I would drift off and fall asleep.
I always woke up feeling better than I had before and my mother always gave all the credit to Vicks' Vapo Rub.
Now when my kids' have bad chest colds, I , of course, turn to Vick's Vapo Rub too. Unfortunately, I can't find the orignial greasy goop in a blue
jar that my mom had used. Now it's a cream and the kids don't seem to mind it as much as I hated the original Vick's goo.