Here's for M.
As kids, the most common cold and cough homemade mom remedy was and still is -- rubbing Vicks Vapor-rub at the back and chest. At home, that's always been the first thing done before even thinking of going to the doctor. I got this interesting forwarded message and I wanted to share it now.
The Canada Research Council discovered that to stop nighttime coughing in a child (or adult as some found out personally), simply put Vicks Vaporub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime then cover with socks.
Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief.
Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly. The research council is not even sure why.
The report was heard over the radio, when the head of the Canada Research Council describe these findings on behalf of their scientists when they were investigating the effectiveness and usage of prescription cough medicines in children as compared to alternative therapies like accupressure. This guy talked about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good due to the chemical makeup of these strong drugs.
It was a surprising finding and found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bedtime, and in addition, it has a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly .
Someone tried it on herself when she had a very deep constant and persistent cough and reported that it worked 100%! She said that it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her. Her coughing stopped in a few minutes and believe me, this was a deep, ( incredibly annoying!) every few seconds uncontrollable cough, and she slept cough free for hours every night that she used it.
So, if you have children, pass it on, if you end up sick, try it yourself and you will be absolutely amazed by the effect.
P.S. I havent tried this myself, I need to find a vicks vapor-rub first. Though having vicks rubbed on the chest and the back were always an effective cough reliever for me.