In Desperation I Found my Answer
By Tobi Schwartz-Cassell
As many of you know, we moved about two weeks ago, so we’re still feeling our way around our new neighborhood and the surrounding area. That means getting comfortable with a new grocery store, pharmacy and PetSmart.
Here we were on our first day in our new home, and our daughter Jardin came down with the flu. She stuck it out for several days, allowing it to run its course. But when it became apparent that that wasn’t happening, she visited the doctor who gave her a prescription. Several days later, she still wasn’t herself, so she called the doc who gave her a list of OTC items to take—one for her cough, one for her congestion, and on and on.
I got to our new pharmacy after 9 PM, and couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t finding the decongestant he recommended. I was told that it has to be purchased from the pharmacist, but the pharmacy counter was now closed. In desperation, I started searching the aisles, trying to find something—anything!—that would bring my kid some relief! And then I spotted it. Vicks VapoRubTM. Remember Vicks? That pearlescent goo in the blue jar that your mom rubbed on your chest when you were sick? So I picked up the box, read it, and there it was—all of her symptoms, and all of them addressed by Vicks. And the best part—it’s made from all natural stuff. So instead of bringing home an armload of medicines, I was hopeful we could take a step back in time with one of those time-tested natural remedies.
Sure enough, it helped her cough, congestion, aches and probably some other things I wasn’t even aware of.
As it turns out, you can find an entire list of issues Vicks can help, on the website eDrugsearch.com. In its article, “20 Brilliant Ways to Use Vicks VapoRubTM,” Vicks can be used as a:
- Mosquito repellent
- Earache remedy
- Treatment for nail fungus
- Sinus headache alleviant
- And believe it or not, a cat pee deterrent
There are so many other natural remedies that are low-cost and available. According to the website PositiveHealthWellness.com, there are “7 Natural Cures for Ear Infections” including:
- Garlic Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Tea Tree Oil
- And even Breast Milk
And if you want to go to the source of all things natural that can help alleviate a litany of ailments, check out Aromatherapy. Based on the essential oils of plants (which is what you’ll find in Vicks), Aromatherapy is dispensed as oil that can be released in the air, used topically, and in some cases, taken internally. Mt. Laurel’s Essential Lightworker Bridget Papagno says, “One oil I like to work with is called Helichrysum. I use it in nine of my blends.”
Papagno blends Helichrysum Oil with other oils, (in some cases Peppermint, in other cases Rosemary, Cedarwood or Citrus), to create blends to use for:
- After Sun Soother
- Youth in a Bottle (sign me up!)
- Skin Nourisher
- Post Workout Blend
- Blemish Reducer
- Razor Relief Serum
- Energize and Uplift
- Fatigue Be Gone
- Breathe Easy
And that’s just what she can do with one oil! Personally, I have always been fascinated with Aromatherapy, and relied on it for nausea when I was pregnant. This modality is an all-natural way to relieve distress—both physical and emotional—and all these years later, I still trust and use it.
What are your favorite tried-and-true all-natural remedies? I would love to hear about them, so please be sure to comment below.
PS: Want to meet Essential Lightworker Bridget Papagno as well as Psychic Medium Marie Gilbert for short private readings? Join us on August 10 at Aenigma Jewelry in Collingswood! Click here for more details.
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July 16, 2017 @ 1:42 am
If Vicks on your chest is too strong or if you have to go out & just don’t want to smell like Vicks, put it on the bottoms of your feet. It still works. It’s better for small kids to put it on that way.
July 15, 2017 @ 10:05 pm
Always use Vicks.
Wacky me loves the smell from my childhood eons ago, gf!
You write so beautifully. Got to see the new casa one day.
July 15, 2017 @ 9:54 pm
I love your blogs…Tobi
July 15, 2017 @ 6:17 pm
Another GREAT use for Vicks Vapo-Rub….toe nail fungus! Great article Tobi!
July 15, 2017 @ 6:03 pm
Mom still swears by Vick’s. And I keep it in my medicine cabinet, too.