Originally Posted by mtyquinn
This may sound strange, but look it up on the web. I've tried it with good results. Which still baffles me. Vicks vapor rub on the bottom of the feet. Put socks on. Worst case, it won't hurt.
My mom used to do this to me and I swear it worked, but that may be because mom told me it would help? What I always have a problem with is the coughing, it keeps me awake. I started using essential oils in a vaporizer. It's basically the same idea as vicks in the vaporizer, but more potent. A few drops each of eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, peppermint, and lemon oils in a vaporizer and not only will your family love the smell but it will help your coughing. My whole family uses it now when they get sick or just have allergy problems. You can also use thieves oil which has been used for centuries in the same way. Thieves oil has cinnamon and clove in it and has MUCH stronger smell so I don't like it.
Also, Zinc has been proven to reduce the duration of the common cold. You can get Cold Eeze lozenges at the store that you take every couple of hours or so. The problem with zinc is that it will make you nauseous on an empty stomach and makes your mouth feel funny.