For more than a century the world’s people have rubbed vicks vaporub into their chests.
Millions swear by the active ingredients of Vicks VapoRub to soothe cold and flu symptoms and allow them a sound night’s sleep.
However There has been a lot of hype recently claiming rubbing Vicks VapoRub on your feet helps treat coughs + colds.
the unorthodox approach also involves putting on socks over gooed up toes before slipping into bed to save getting your sheets mucky.
There are people commenting on the well known website netnums claiming that it works – some of the quotes are on the screen now
Writing on the Netmums website, a woman called Julie said: ‘Yes have done this… it really does work. I put some on my feet last night as I have a cough and had a great night’s sleep.
‘Within a few minutes of putting on my feet, putting socks on and lying in bed, I can feel the vapours reach my throat! This only works when going to bed and never works for me during the day.’
Another woman called Clare added: ‘Agreed – I saw this tip on Facebook and tried it when baby had a bad cough. Was amazed it worked – think I can say it is one of the best tips I’ve ever read.’
Vicks works on coughs and congestive because it contains camphor – an essential oil extracted from trees which is said to calm coughs – and eucalyptus oil, which has antibacterial effects and is used as a decongestant.
One theory why this might work is it helps reduce stress by getting people to think about something else like putting vicks on your feet with soaks over, This helps the person relax and breath better.
TV doctor Dr Ranj Singh added: ‘There is no evidence to suggest it is more effective to put it on your feet so it could just be a placebo effect.’
Procter and Gamble, which makes Vicks VapoRub, said: ‘It is not in line with what the product is for so we would not endorse it being used in this way.’
There’s also been claims that placing a cut onion in one’s sock before sleep can cure a cough and other health ailments, This video has gone viral as well in recent months
So to sumerize ther is no evidence it works but will this top people trying it – probably not!