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Who Knew Vicks VapoRub Can Help Headaches??

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that on any given day I feel completely overwhelmed.  When I’m working I feel like I’m short-changing my kids and when I’m playing with my kids I’m thinking of the deadline that I’m missing.  Oh yeah, then let’s throw in trying to help my mom deal with my dad who has Alzheimers, finding the best therapies for my son with special needs, cleaning the house, cooking meals and spending a little time with my fiancée.  My brain sometimes feels like a pressure cooker that’s about to explode.

There’s really not much that I can do to ease the tension, but I recently learned that Vicks VapoRub can actually help relieve headaches.  I had never even considered using it for anything other than relieving my kids’ cough!  So now, I escape to my bedroom (and yes sometimes even sit in the car), put a little on my temples and forehead and it almost immediately starts reducing the pain and pressure.  The aroma helps calm me down as well.  Who knew??!

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  1. I know the post is old but I was wondering if someone else does this too haha.
    Vick VapoRub is awesome against headaches. What I do is this:

    1. Apply it over my forehead and my temples
    2. turn off the lights
    3. Place a small towel over the area I applied the Vick VapoRub
    4. Rest for about 30 mins (sometimes more, sometimes less)

    The idea of using a towel is to keep the vapors from scaping and feel the cooling effect even more. My mother taught me this n_____n

  2. Total BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I have been battling bronchitis and have had a horrible headache for about two days. I get bad migraines and usually take imitrex. This was a last resort to try before having to take my meds and being out for the night. IT WORKS!!! I finally have relief after two days. My head feels great right now!

  4. I get severe cluster headaches behind either one of my eyes on an almost semi-weekly basis. While Excedrin usually helps if I take it early enough, it’s useless once the pain passes a certain threshold. However, sticking a bit of Vaporub inside both nostrils (enough to make each air intake potent, but not enough to plug the nostrils) nearly always alleviates the pain dramatically and almost instantly. I’ve noticed that the headaches are often triggered by certain smell or taste sensations, so it makes sense that a sensory remedy would help to counteract them, though I don’t know what sort of science would back this up. I’m just glad it works.

  5. Yes, this little cure does work. I learned it as a child from a very dear Chinese friend of hers. I used to, (and still do) get monumental migranes. Although it would not put those ugly monsters back in their box, it did ease the pain a bit. But…it does work for the every day common headache.

    ALSO, have chapped lips? Put some Vicks on your lips before bed time. Totally healed and soft in the a.m.

    These are tried and true medicine chest remedies. So go stick your head in a freezer Jerome!!


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