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Paula+ Report 26 Jan 2014 11:13

I was talking to my friend last night, she has had a very bad cough and cold for two weeks. I asked what medication she was taking, she said just the usual over the counter remedies, plus before going to bed she rubbed Vic* on the bottom of her feet and wore socks. I have never heard of this before and wondered about other home made remedies, and do they work?

* Other decongestion products are available.


LadyScozz Report 26 Jan 2014 11:21

I can't take most of the over the counter meds (look for ephedrine or pseudo-ephedrine, it's nasty stuff if you have any heart problems).

A hot lemon drink with a wee nip of whisky does wonders. It might not help with a cold, but it makes me feel better :-D

And........... a sliced onion in the bedroom for a couple of nights helps - honest!
The person who doesn't have a cold complains about the stink.



MR_MAGOO Report 26 Jan 2014 11:23

Have heard that before Paula and it does seem to work.


Paula+ Report 26 Jan 2014 11:41

Mr M............... I will certainly try that one.

Scozz After suffering a couple of sleepless nights due to incessant coughing, my OH made me a drink of brandy, honey, lemon and hot water. I can't remember much after I drank it.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 26 Jan 2014 12:36

That bug seems to be doing the rounds - and 2 weeks is about right :-(


OneFootInTheGrave Report 26 Jan 2014 12:51

Paula - Vic rubbed on the soles of the feet does help stop coughing, used it severak times.

LadyScozz - A hot lemon drink with more than a wee nip of whisky does wonders for me :-D


RolloTheRed Report 26 Jan 2014 12:52

dunno about a small nip of whisky but this certainly works:

mixed hot :

real honey
cold liver oil ( not too much )
real orange juice ( not recons. )
generous helping of malt whisky ( double scots measure ( 5 out ) as a minimum) OR JackDaniels/JimBeam blended is no good at all

repeat as often as needed, you'll soon feel better

chemists remedies are all a waste of time and money at best, quite a lot are harmful


ChrisofWessex Report 26 Jan 2014 17:05

Have posted this before but if usual cough bottle does not work try this oldie (tried and tested to my knowledge by four generations).

One large spanish onion, peel and slice thinly, place a layer in a bowl then cover with a layer of muscavado sugar and continue the layers until finish. Cover with clingfilm and place in fridge. After a few hours a liquid will form. Take as much as you like - it soothes the cough, cuts phelgm and NO it does not taste yuucky and tastes no worse and better than most cough cures.

Keeps for a few days.


AnninGlos Report 26 Jan 2014 17:38

Chris I think my Dad used to make something like that for tickly coughs.

I have used the vick on feet remedy and it did seem to help.


ChrisofWessex Report 26 Jan 2014 17:55

Ann it certainly works. I had forgotten I used to have it as a child and mentioned to my mother that my toddler had a cough I could not get rid of and back came the recipe - it worked.


kandj Report 26 Jan 2014 18:00

Yes, we have tried the vick rub on hubby's feet and he had no cough all night....bliss!


Paula+ Report 26 Jan 2014 18:12

Chris I have copied this as I am prone to coughs especially in the winter, I have just read it to my Aunt and she said she has heard of it before. She said an old fashioned remedy for chesty coughs was to rub goose fat on your chest and cover it with brown paper, keep warm and leave on for days, not too sure how long, she said it works.

Thank you everyone for your contributions.

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 26 Jan 2014 21:53

Vic on your feet...Yes!... and it leaves them lovely and smooth too :-D


AnnCardiff Report 26 Jan 2014 22:04

when I was small I got bronchitis every winter without fail - our cottage was old and very damp - apart from being plastered in camphorated oil - for which I blame my large bust!!! - my mother used to make a concoction with vinegar and golden syrup - think that's what it was - didn't taste too bad and cut through the cough

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 27 Jan 2014 06:09

I learned about the Vick on feet trick from this site and have recommended it to many people. I have tried it myself and it helped me lose that tickly cough overnight.

Do you remember when several of us were trying out those pads for the soles of the feet to remove toxins from the body,? The feet have many points that relate to different parts of the body as shown in reflexology so maybe the Vick connects up somehow to the throat and stops the tickle that way.

Rollo, not sure about cold liver oil lol, altho my son loved his cod liver oil as a youngster, would remind me when the bottle was getting low to buy more and he never had coughs and colds then.



Paula+ Report 27 Jan 2014 11:56

As a child my Mother used to give us warm cod liver oil and orange juice, the smell and taste of it used to make me retch, ((((shudders)))))

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 27 Jan 2014 22:34

Ugh! cod liver oil and orange juice , was told by the midwife when I was having my first baby if it didn't start by the following Mon. I would be given a glass of that?? :-P
I went into labour that Mon morning, I think my subconscious made it work :-D

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 28 Jan 2014 05:23

Nolls, I always thought it was castor oil that was supposed to bring on labour ! Whatever it was, the very thought would make me heave.

I used to be given codliver oil and malt off a spoon, and also the clinic orange juice. I am not sure if Virol was the brand name or if it was something different to codliver oil and malt but had that at times.



Paula+ Report 28 Jan 2014 12:35

@ Liz lol. I used to LOVE codliver oil and malt, I think Virol was similar brand name. I wonder if it is still available.?

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 28 Jan 2014 12:40

Liz you're right Virol was the brand name and I loved it. Also clinic orange juice and National Dried Milk.