Monday, February 11, 2013

Vick's VapoRub - WWII Tips and Tricks



Earlier this week I was running out of ideas of what to write about for this WWII Household Tips & Tricks series. When I started this I thought that it was going to be a long running series but all of a sudden I ran into a writers block. For the life of me I couldn't think of anything, I knew there were more tips but they just weren't coming to me. I think I was having writers block because I wasn't feeling very good; sore throat, headache, body ache. I called my mom, that's what I do when I'm not feeling good and she told me to rub some Vick's on my throat and wrap it with one of my hubby's clean socks. All of a sudden my writers block was gone, this was one of the many things that my grandma did with Vicks VapoRub. 


Vicks VapoRub was something that we always had in our medicine cabinet when we were growing up, I also remember it being in my grandmas. I began calling family members to get their ideas for this WWII topic. Much to my surprise they remembered my grandma using it for a bunch of different reasons. I was shocked at how versatile this little jar of vapor was. By the way, the Vicks and sock cured my sore throat.





Splinters - to remove, apply Vick's Vapor rub to the splinter and cover with a band-aid before going to bed. The next morning the splinter will be on the band-aid.

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** If, by some small miracle, you worked at Amway in Ada, MI and were the person my mother loaned the notebook to, please contact me. The notebook is a small (approx 6x9), black, 3-ring binder, and contains hand drawn patterns (teddy bear), recipes, tips and tricks. It would mean so much to my family to have it back.

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54 comments:

  1. We always have a jar of Vicks around, too, but I had no idea there were so many uses for it. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great tip for the nail fungus - eww, I know it sounds gross, but I've just started to notice this on my toes, and the commercial stuff to fix it is really expensive. PS: I hope you get your notebook back.

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  3. We've used it on feet for coughs and it really does work. One of those crazy old wives' tales that actually works!

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  4. I came over from Chicken Chick's blog hop. I love these ideas. I haven't heard of any of them. I'm excited to try them on the next one of my family to need it. Thanks!

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  5. Visiting from YOLO. Thanks! Good to know! We have a bottle of the baby vicks and need to be using it more often for my baby girl's cold and cough! I'm going to dig it out tonight and get to work with it!

    Jen
    www.goteambowen.blogspot.com

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  6. We had a vaporizer as a kid which was similar to a humidifier and it had a spot to put some Vicks in and as the mist went up, it would take the Vicks smell with it. It sure helped you breath better. Good memory of being a kid that I had totally forgotten until now :o)

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    1. Yep, we had one of those as well. :) Worked wonders.

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  7. great tips, my little one is coughing I will have to try it

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  8. That is an impressive list of ways to use it! I never knew how many things it can be used for. Thanks for the share!

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  9. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  10. What great ideas. I need to get a bottle. Always had it around but never used it. I see several ways I can put it right to work, right now. Thanks!

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  11. I've heard a few of these, but not all. Love these - especially about the zits and heels!
    Thanks for the advice!

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  12. Oh, my gosh, I remember using Vicks also as a child when I was sick with a cold. My Mother would rub it on my chest. Another thing we had back then was Noxzema. Maybe you would like to do a post on Noxzema. I still use Noxzema to take the burn out of a sunburn. If you cover the skin area right away and keep it covered Noxzema takes the burn out. Aren't these old remedies great? Thanks for the post. Linda

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  13. This is great! I have never seen these uses, very good to know. Thank you so much for sharing at Pretty Things this week!

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  14. Who knew?

    Popping by from Rae Gun Ramblings

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  15. I had no idea you could use it for so many things!

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  16. Oh yes! I think Vicks is one of the best things invented. I also use it to decongest my sinuses and ears when my allergy medicine isn't enough. I just spread a bit on my sinus area on my head and face and a bit around each ear and about an hour later all is better. This is also great to use on ticks. Just dip a cutip in vicks and apply to the back of the tick which will cause the tick to let loose easily because it can not breathe.
    Debbie

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  17. Visiting from the Clever Chicks Blog Hop. We always had Vicks Vapor rub growing up and I still keep some in the cabinet. But I only knew of using it for chest and under nose. Oh, and Grandmas would swallow a small dab if she had bronchitis. I never could stomach that...but she swore by it. It is very cool to learn all of these other uses.

    Thanks!

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  18. My Dad swore by Vicks for the sinus troubles:) Pinned!

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  19. I can testify that it works for coughs, by rubbing on bottom of feet. Didn't kick it completely, but definitely a noticeable reduction.

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  20. Stopping by from the Bloom Designs Link Party! Love these ideas! I've used several of them in the past, but not the zit one or the headache one--those really piqued my interest! Thanks for sharing!
    Cindy
    crazylou

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  21. Love these tips! Thanks for sharing, this is awesome!

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  22. My mother would always pull this out when we had a cold and put it on a hankerchief and pop in our shirt to breath in. Worked a treat so long as you did not put too much on - then your eyes would just run!

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  23. I can almost smell it, gosh, I haven't seen Vicks in years! My mom always put it under my nose or on my chest as a rub when I was little and sick.

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  24. This is such a fun post. I could definitely use this for my cough right now. I'm thinking about trying it :)

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  25. I am so going to try this on the heels of my feet, never knew it could be used for that! I came by via the blog hop and now follow you on GFC, hope you can check out my blog and follow back if you like what you see.
    Angela x

    http://british-bargains-and-beauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. I love Vick's when I have a bad cold. I remember my granny rubbing our temples with it when one of us had a headache - it worked!

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  27. wow who knew -we called it 'giggle juice' cause it tickled when it was rubbed on our chests as kids. There was always a jar in the cupboard as kids

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  28. Great list - I never knew most of these things on this list! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I didn't realize all that it helps. Thanks for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend.

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  30. I knew some of the uses, but definitely not as many as you have listed! Thanks for sharing :-) {Pinned - from the Pin Me party}

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  31. We love Vicks here too!

    Thanks for linking up to And Sew We Craft Together (http://www.andsewwecraft.com)

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  32. Mom had us do the same thing growing up. She used a washcloth instead of a sock. I remember her safety pinning it in the back. The Vicks always did the trick. I have to share a funny story. One day I was at my girlfriends house. We were either 6th or 7th graders. Her little brother came in with a Kotex pinned to his neck. That's what her mother used for her Vicks Vaporub sore throat treatment. Of course he had no idea, but all us girls could do was giggle. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  33. thank you for adding your wonderful blog to the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo

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  34. Stopping in from Share it Saturday.
    I have been using Vicks in several of these ways just this week as my household has a bug with fever, cough and stuffy noses. :)

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  35. I'm a Mentholatum girl myself -- but DH swears by his Vicks! It does have a lot of good uses! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

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  36. Great info! Thanks for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!

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    1. Hope to see you tomorrow on the next hop!
      http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop-4.html

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  37. Wow! Who knew? Thanks for sharing I'll have to give some of them a try. Thanks for linking up at Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy. I'm a new follower.

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  38. My Mother-in-Law sure believes in Vicks - she'd love this - I think there's a couple of uses that she might not be aware of! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  39. An ear ache? Really? COOL!
    I am just loving your whole WWII series!
    Congrats! I will be featuring you at my Super Link Party tomorrow (Wednesday)! :-)

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  40. I remember my mom doing the rub and sock on me. I always seemed to work however I have never tried it on my kids. I should they all have sore throats right now.:( However I often rub it on their chests and feet.

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  41. I wish I had seen before all 3 of my kids have become sick. I am definitely picking up a jar for next time.. (or in case I am next.. LOL) You have been chosen as today's Dare to Share Feature of the Day.

    http://www.pamspartyandpracticaltips.com/2013/02/wwii-tips-and-tricks-feature-of-day.html

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  42. Great ideas!! We always had Vick's in my house growing up! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you share. Hope you are having a great week. :)
    Hugs
    Kathy

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  43. Thanks for the great tips, will have to try them. Thanks for linking up to Artsy Corner :)

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  44. Oh wow, thanks for sharing!! :)

    I would like to invite you to my linky party Thrifty Thursday!

    appleofmamaseye.blogspot.com

    Hope to see you there!

    -Lindsey

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  45. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. I love your blog, its super cute :)
    You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

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  46. Believe it or not, we have no Vick's on hand. Looks like I better add it to my shopping list.

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  47. I've used it when my boys had a fall and got a bump on the head. It brings the swelling down and keeps it from bruising if you get it on quick enough. Tip from my mom. :)

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