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Vicks on soles of feet

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JenRen56 Mon 06-Mar-17 10:41:27

Hi, I'm sorry if this question has been asked previously but can anyone tell me why it's beneficial to put Vicks on the sole of your feet at night when you heave a cold? Does it work? After spending 8 days in hospital I came home and a day later I went down with a cold, I know my resistance is lowered than usual but I'm struggling to get rid of it. Many thanks in advance.

rosesarered Thu 09-Mar-17 09:23:18

I agree that the Vicks scent of menthol is less than the old stuff, but it still works well.
Ana oooh! Your poor ex! Ouch.....that's gotta hurt.grin

Nana3 Thu 09-Mar-17 08:41:14

I have a cold now. Shall I blame the Vicks? I don't know anyone with one and feel it must be Murphy's Law. I was awake at 2:30 am too. Oh well.

NfkDumpling Thu 09-Mar-17 07:35:37

I'm glad I'm not the only one to have noticed a change. It must be that additional 's'. I liberally smeared it all over my nose and throat last night but had to re-apply it in the early hours when the effect wore off. It's not as mentholy and I think the smell is slightly different.

Jalima. The best anti-mozzie is Marmite! Not Australian Marmite which is different, or Veggemite, but our Marmite - I don't know if perhaps you can take it in if it's in a sealed jar? I love it and ate it daily at least a week before we went Downunder as I'd read it worked. And it did! I hardly had a bite whilst DH who hates the stuff suffered. I had Our Mate on toast for breakfast while there, which I think is the same as Marmite.

Marmight Thu 09-Mar-17 07:33:56

Yes 'really'. Whether it works or not is debatable but everything's worth a try!

Jalima Wed 08-Mar-17 23:29:34

Vicks on your feet is fantastic for plantar fasciitis. I had it for a couple of years on and off and then read about Vicks.
amt101 I just bought some gel which is supposed to be good for painful joints etc; it contains ibuprofen but also menthol which, of course, is in Vick.

Jalima Wed 08-Mar-17 23:25:30

The smell certainly doesn't last very long; I just bought a new jar because I thought the one which was opened had lost its potency, but it is no better.

I wouldn't use it on 'piles'!
I heard that Vaseline is good for stopping blisters on the feet getting worse.

I know people in Australia who use Vick(s) to ward off mosquitoes- a miracle cure indeed
Really Marmight?
I'd better take a jar with me, the mozzies love me.

Nana3 Wed 08-Mar-17 22:47:17

No, not brave enough.
It seems like this Vicks is not as strong as in the olden days.

NfkDumpling Wed 08-Mar-17 22:31:27

Vick on piles? Really? Anyone tried it?

Ana Wed 08-Mar-17 20:44:29

Reminds me of the time my ex applied Ralgex instead of Germolene to his piles...shock

rosesarered Wed 08-Mar-17 20:30:52

grin.... a step too far?!

Karanlouise Wed 08-Mar-17 20:08:36

Don't think I would try it for that rizlett. shocksmile

rizlett Wed 08-Mar-17 18:43:19

I've heard its great for piles - but not tried myself!

(also vaseline - fab skin softener.)

Lindaloulabel Wed 08-Mar-17 10:19:09

My daughter swears by this for her and the family. An onion in the room too. I'm going to try it too next time I'm ill. Will also try the toenail tip as

Marmight Wed 08-Mar-17 08:59:39

I know people in Australia who use Vick(s) to ward off mosquitoes- a miracle cure indeed hmm

rosesarered Wed 08-Mar-17 08:59:06

grin yes,Gaggi and I demand a share of their profits!
Did the soles of the feet thing last night again and had wonderful night cough free, slept from 10pm to 7 am.

Gaggi3 Wed 08-Mar-17 08:42:26

The sales of Vick must have gone through the roof .

Nana3 Wed 08-Mar-17 07:02:07

I put the Vicks on my feet last night too NfkD. Got to sleep more quickly than usual about 11:30pm. The smell cleared my head and was relaxing. I've been awake since 4:20 am though, about my usual time.

NfkDumpling Wed 08-Mar-17 06:48:30

Well, I slept like a top most of the night with no coughing! I had several bad dreams though which is why I was up at 5.45! But I won't blame that on Vick.

Elrel Tue 07-Mar-17 23:58:37

In the Uk it was always called, and sold as, Vick. My impression is that Vicks was always the US name. It seems fairly recent that it became Vicks here too, 10-15 years ago?

Diddy1 Tue 07-Mar-17 21:38:04

Granfran I remember doing that when a child, the Vick in the hot water and breathing in the vapours, it did the trick I remember. My Mum also rubbed some Vivk on my chest and it helped my cough,I sometimes do that nowadays, if I have a stubborn cough, and rub a tiny amount under my nose to help me breath better at night, when I have a cold, which is thankfully very seldom.

NfkDumpling Tue 07-Mar-17 20:27:29

Have nasty cough (and no voice). Off to bed shortly. Will report back n the morning.

JoyBloggs Tue 07-Mar-17 19:41:24

Direne3 Great, that's the same Vick jar I thought I'd linked to... and identical to the one I remember when I was a child thousands of years ago! I was beginning to think I'd imagined it, thank you very much! smile

Sillynanny65 Tue 07-Mar-17 18:26:59

I've done this, and it works! I had a night cough that I could not get rid of, and a friend suggested doing the Vicks thing, at first I was very sceptical, but it really does work. As suggested socks too, I used cotton ones. Also I now take Echinacea tablets, two tablets twice day, to keep colds at bay, and these work for me too.

Kim19 Tue 07-Mar-17 17:38:39

Perhaps should elaborate that I don't limit my application strictly to soles. All over feet is my practice. Don't know if that's necessary. Seemed like a good idea at the time........!

harrysgran Tue 07-Mar-17 17:35:37

Sounded strange to me but I gave it a try and put a pair of bed socks on and it certainly gave me a better nights sleep