Vicks VapoRub

What do you find soothing when you’re sick?

“This post was sponsored by Vicks VapoRub as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

The last time my son got sick, we were on a weekend getaway with my grandmother. It came on quick. We had spent the day at a theme park and had dinner, and Gabe didn’t have any complaints early in the day. My grandmother casually mentioned that Gabe’s hands felt warm. Gabe went to bed with her, and woke up in the middle of the night with a cough, runny nose, and nasty fever. It was a short trip and I hadn’t packed any kind of medication. The hotel didn’t have anything other than adult strength acetaminophen and ibuprofen. We had to make a 3:30am run to the nearest 24 hour pharmacy to find him some medicine. I purchased children’s strength acetaminophen and ibuprofen, along with Vicks VapoRub; I find Vicks VapoRub very soothing and it evokes comforting memories from my own childhood.

We had to cut our getaway short, and we returned home early. Thankfully with a little tender care and medicine, Gabe was better in a few days. He loved having Vicks VapoRub massaged into his back and the soles of his feet. Vicks VapoRub is intended for use on the chest and back, and using it on feet is considered off-label use; it was a trick that my grandmother perfected, and that I now use. Who doesn’t like a good foot massage?

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I learned a valuable lesson on my trip; never leave home without an emergency medical kit.

While I was applying Vicks VapoRub to Gabe, the smell evoked so many memories. I could recall my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother putting it on me when I was sick. You know that certain aromas can evoke memories? Any time that I smell eucalyptus, I’m reminded of Vicks VapoRub. It isn’t just that Vicks VapoRub was comforting, but also that I can also recall the time I spent with my caregivers. The gentle touch of their hands was soothing; despite being sick, those were happy memories for me.

Vicks VapoRub

When Gabe starts to get sick, he will bring me the jar of Vicks VapoRub and ask for me to rub it on his back, chest, or feet. He especially loves to have it massaged into the soles of his feet.

I plan to keep a small container of Vicks VapoRub in my emergency medical kit. It’s a safe solution for families during cough and cold season. It is labeled safe to use on children 2 years and up (but I always suggest conferring with your physician before using medication for the first time).

Did you know that Vicks VapoRub can be used for minor muscle/joint aches? You just apply it directly to the affected area 3-4 times per day. I’m trying to prep for my wedding and biked a few miles earlier today. My knees were aching, so I massaged in a dab of Vicks VapoRub.

What do you find soothing when you’re sick? Do you find Vicks VapoRub comforting or does it evoke any positive memories for you?

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3 Comments

  • Reply hchybinski 04/02/2016 at 9:13 am

    I was NOT a fan of that smell when I was a kid – but it sure did work!

    • Reply Jess 04/02/2016 at 10:36 am

      Ha ha, I don’t know if I loved it as much as a kid. Now I even put eucalyptus essential oil in my bath on occasion.

  • Reply Sarah 04/02/2016 at 12:58 pm

    I love Vick’s when I am sick!!!!

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