My Natural Remedy For Coughs

Someone sent me this e-mail today.  It talks about a great remedy for coughs….but is it?  I’ve seen it many times before as it has been circulating for years on the internet.  This is what it said:


During a lecture on Essential Oils, they told us how the foot soles can absorb oils. Their example: Put garlic on your feet and within 20 Minutes you can ‘taste’ it.

Some of us have used Vicks VapoRub for years for everything from chapped lips to sore toes and many body parts in between. But I’ve never heard of this. And don’t laugh, it works 100% of the time, although the scientists who discovered it aren’t sure why.

To stop night time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vicks VapoRub generously on the soles of your feet, cover with socks, and the 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 strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely Soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.

Just happened to tune in A.M. Radio and picked up this guy talking about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good, due to the chemicals in them This method of using Vicks VapoRub on the soles of the feet was found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bed time. In addition it seems to have a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly.

My wife tried it on herself when she had a very deep constant and persistent cough a few weeks ago and it worked 100%! She said that it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her, coughing stopped in a few minutes. So she went from; every few seconds uncontrollable coughing, she slept cough-free for hours every night she used it.

If you have grandchildren, pass this on.
If you end up sick, try it yourself and you will be amazed at how it works.


Now, the only part of this that I agree with is that the soles of the feet can absorb oils.  The feet have the most pores on the body and they are very large so essential oils can easily penetrate the skin and absorb into the bloodstream fairly quickly. It is one of the best ways to use essential oils, especially on babies and young children.

The problem is that Vicks contains petrolatum which is a by-product from the production of oil. It can’t be absorbed into the skin and can clog pores.  So, how can it get into the bloodstream to help get rid of the cough?  On top of that, it’s a chemical and I choose not to put potentially harmful chemicals into my body or anyone else in my family, especially my children.

The great thing is that there are many natural remedies for coughs.  I choose to use essential oils. And ironically Vicks for children contains essential oils like Eucalyptus and Lavender.  But, I don’t know that they are pure therapeutic grade, they could simply be perfume-grade, which will have no effect on the cough anyway. On the plus side, the fact that this company chooses to put essential oils in their products shows that maybe there is some truth to this “voodoo” that I often speak about…LOL!

So, instead here is what I suggest.  My favorite natural remedy for coughs is Eucalyptus Radiata, which is a respiratory stimulant.  Diluted in a carrier oil and massaged into the chest or of course on the soles of the feet,  Eucalyptus can work almost instantly to relieve a cough and chest congestion.  Simply diffuse it into the air at night as you sleep also.   Another top choice of mine is RC essential oil blend.  RC is combines four types of Eucalyptus oils with peppermint, spruce, cypress and other pure essential oils.  The properties of these oils are extremely effective against bronchitis, respiratory congestion and pneumonia.

Many of the tree oils such as spruce, 4 types of firs, 6 types of Eucalyptus and myrrh are all incredibly beneficial natural remedies for coughs, and I can’t leave out peppermint either.  So, with all these choices why would anyone use chemicals?  Beats me.  I’ll stick to my essential oils because I know that they are proven safe and effective for my entire family.

3 thoughts on “My Natural Remedy For Coughs

  1. i live in South Africa, where would i be able to get the RC blend. thank you + God bless.

  2. Thank you for an informative post. I am very keen to try the essential oils and the foot method for myself and my son. Can I ask though at what age is it safe to use the oils on the feet? My son is 20 months, is this too young? Many thanks

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