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December 27th, 2013

Twelve Surprising Uses for Vicks VapoRub + 1

Vicks Vapor Rub

Vicks Vapor Rub

Tis the season to be sick. My family has been getting sick for two weeks now. All the children and adults in our oldest son’s home are very sick right now. They all have been to the doctors. Ear infections, near pneumonia, bronchitis, intestinal, you name it. You name it it’s visiting my family. My partner and I have been exposed to all this. Yesterday and the night before we were running around making sure they had food and supplies. So we both have been in there house. Not real wise, but they needed help. My partner started coughing and sneezing and blowing her nose. She went to bed not feeling too good herself. I was thinking we were amunned to this but I know now I was wrong. Justine got up last night and put Vicks” VapoRub all over  the bottom of her feet and wore socks to bed. This morning she says it works and she feels allot better. Here is what Snopes says about Vicks’ VapoRub.

Don’t laugh! This seems to work. Snopes can’t prove or disprove it but said this:


Sorry, no graphic for this one, and don’t laugh, it works 100% of the time although the scientists at the Canada Research council (who discovered it) aren’t sure why.

To stop nighttime coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vicks Vaporub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime, then cover with socks.

Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. 

Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.

I heard the head of the Canada Research Council describe these findings on the part of their scientists when they were investigating the effectiveness and usage of prescription cough medicines in children as compared to alternative therapies like accupressure. Just happened to tune in A.M. Radio and picked up this guy talking about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good due to the chemical make-up of these strong drugs so, I listened. 

It was a surprising finding and found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bedtime, and in addition, to have a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly.

Lolly tried it on herself when she developed a very deep constant and persistent cough a few weeks ago and it worked 100%! She said that it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her, coughing stopped in a few minutes and believe me, this was a deep, (incredibly annoying!) every few seconds uncontrollable cough, and she slept cough free for hours every night that she used it.

So, if you have Grandchildren, pass it on, if you end up sick, try it yourself and you will be absolutely amazed by the effect.

Twelve Surprising Uses for Vicks VapoRub

Here are twelve more uses for Vicks VapoRub

1. Decongest Your Chest 
The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms.


2. On Your Tootsies
Applying Vicks to your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. Within moments your cough will subside—in the morning you’ll wake up a new, hacking free person.


3. Achy Breaky Muscles
Vicks relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it all over the aching area. (Be sure to warn your bedmate as the stench can ensure a nookie-free night.)


4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus
Rub VapoRub on your toenails if you suspect you have a fungus. Within days, the nail will turn dark—this means the Vicks is killing the fungus. As your toenail grows out, the dark part will grow off and you will have fungus-free feet. Keep applying the ointment over a period of two weeks to fully cleanse nail beds of any remaining bacteria.


5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching 
Cats are notorious for scratching every hard surface they get their claws on. To prevent Miss Kitty from ruining your doors, walls, and windows, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these areas. Cats detest the smell and will steer clear. Vicks can also be applied to your arms and legs if your kitty is prone to scratching you.


6. Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent
If your dog or cat is not yet potty trained, put an open bottle of Vicks on the area he or she likes to mark as their territory. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and wetting your rug.


7. Headaches Be Gone
Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your temples and forehead to help relieve headaches. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve pain.


8. Humidify Your Sleep
Vicks VapoRub can be used in special types of humidifiers and vaporizers. Ensure your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using. The humidifier will circulate Vicks throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night long.


9. Paper Cuts and Splinters
To prevent infection and speed up healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on any small cut or splinter.


10. Ticks and Bugs
If you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and stop bugging you.


11. Reek-free Racehorses
Professional racers smother VapoRub under the nostrils of racehorses on race day. The strong stench deters the stallions from the alluring odor of the female pony and keeps them focused on the race.


12. Go Away Mosquitoes
Vicks wards off mosquitoes. Apply small dabs of Vicks VapoRub to your skin and clothes and mosquitoes will steer clear. If you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a Band-Aid to relieve itching.


According to WebMD, there have been a few complications in children when Vicks is used inappropriately. A few children reacted negatively and ended up hospitalized when Vicks was applied directly under the nose. Though this is extremely rare and only happens to those who are sensitive to Vicks, consumers should use caution whenapplying it to the face or on young children.

This product has been around for what seems like a hundred years. I had no idea that it has some many ways to use it. I hope this helps some of you get better.

December 24th, 2013

Merry Xmas To My Readers

Happy New Year

Wishing you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Xmas Traditions and Happy New Year To All My Readers and Subscribers

I want to take a minute during this busy time to thank all my readers and subscribers of my blog. I have had so many subscribe to my blog this year. It’s been amazing. I try to put out things that can help you be healthy and to have many choices to pick from for what suits you. I hope I have helped at least one person this year to achieve this.

Surprising Origins of 6 Christmas Traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again, but I didn’t need to tell you that. It’s all around — homes are lit up, shops are decked out with trees and garlands, and you’d be hard-pressed to spend any time out in public without hearing a carol or five. But have you ever stopped to think about why we celebrate Christmas the way we do? Why we decorate a tree or kiss under the mistletoe? Why do we dread receiving a fruit cake or tell our children that a man with magical flying reindeer will scoot down the chimney?

Some Christmas traditions are older than Christianity itself. Others have developed in just the last century or so. But they all share one thing: they exemplify what Christmas means for millions of people around the world.  Read on to learn the origins of Christmas traditions. Does your family have your own special holiday tradition? Tell us about it in the comments!

1. Christmas Trees.

Though the history isn’t totally clear, the origin of Christmas trees  can be traced back centuries, if not millennia. European Pagans would sometimes decorate their homes with tree branches in honor of the winter solstice. Historians have also pointed to the story of Adam and Eve as the origin of decorated trees inside the home. Whatever its initial origins were, though, written records of Christmas trees began to appear in 15th and 16th century central Europe. The practice was picked up among royalty and nobility from France to Russia, eventually making its way to England during Queen Victoria’s childhood. And that’s when the custom really took off; illustrations of the Queen’s Christmas tree were published in the United States in 1850. By the 1870s, Christmas trees were commonplace in American homes.

2. Santa Claus.

There really was a Saint Nicholas, though he lived in Turkey, not the North Pole. Way back in the 300s, Nicholas was the bishop of Myra with a reputation for secret gift-giving. For centuries, Europeans would celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day on December 6th by giving gifts to children. Over time, the tradition, like Christianity itself, evolved, and became more and more associated with Christmas, not Saint Nicholas’ Day. In many parts of Northern Europe, however, Christians exchange gifts on December 6th, not 25th.

Much of the contemporary American Santa Claus as we know him today, however, traces back to just 1821. That’s when lement C. Moore’s classic poem, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” was published — you know, the story that begins, “twas the night before Christmas.” Before its publication, the folklore around Santa Claus varied considerably across the United States.

3. Caroling.

Though Christmas carols have been around for centuries, and going door to door has been around since Pagan Europe, going door to door singing Christmas carols is a tradition born out of Victorian England. Carolers would hope to get gifts — like figgy pudding! — in return for their good cheer.

Santa and Raindeer

Santa and Reindeer flying through the air to deliver packages to all the children.

4. Reindeer.

So many of our Christmas traditions originated from pre-Christian Europe. Not this one. Santa Claus’ flying reindeer, like the contemporary American Santa himself, likely date back to just 1821, from, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas.”  A little over a century later, Rudolph was added to the bunch as part of a marketing campaign by the now-defunct American department Store Montgomery Ward.

5. Mistletoe.

Kissing under the mistletoe has its origins in Pre-Christian Europe. From the Druids to the ancient Greeks, Mistletoe was considered a sacred plant, a symbol of male fertility and romance, in cultures across the continent. Though no one is quite sure how the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe arose, it’s likely that it has its roots in Scandinavia.

6. Fruitcake.

Johnny Carson once famously quipped, “The worst gift is fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.” Well, if that’s true, it’s been happening since Ancient times! Cakes made with fruits and nuts have been around for thousands of years. But it wasn’t until the 16th century, when Europeans brought sugar back from the Americas, that fruitcakes roughly akin to their modern counterparts emerged.


This article came from Care2. They have wonderful ideas. I thought I would share this one with you since it’s Xmas time.

December 5th, 2013

20 Practical Uses for Coca Cola,aka Coke

20 Practical Uses for Coca Cola… Proof That Coke Does Not Belong In the Human Body

20 Practical Uses for Coca Cola… Proof That Coke Does Not Belong In the Human Body


20 Practical Uses for Coca Cola… Proof That Coke Does Not Belong In the Human Body


“Coca-Cola” is the world’s second-most recognized word after “hello.” However, the beverage itself is an absolute poison to the human metabolism. Coke is very close to the acidity level of battery acid and consequently it can clean surfaces equivalent to and often better than many toxic household cleaners.

It’s cheaper and easier to buy Coke in some third world countries than it is to access clean water. Coke uses “public relations propaganda” to convince consumers and entire nations that it is an “environmental company” when really it is linked to pollution, water shortages, and disease.

People who consume soft drinks such as Coke have a 48% increase in heart attack and stroke risk, compared to people who did not drink the sodas at all or did not drink them every day. A study published in the journal Respirology reveals that soft drink consumption is also associated with lung and breathing disorders including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The carbonation in Coke causes calcium loss in the bones through a 3-stage process:

  1. The carbonation irritates the stomach.
  2. The stomach “cures” the irritation the only way it knows how. It adds the only antacid at its disposal: calcium. It gets this from the blood.
  3. The blood, now low on calcium, replenishes its supply from the bones. If it did not do this, muscular and brain function would be severely impaired.

But, the story doesn’t end there. Another problem with most Coke is it also contain phosphoric acid (not the same as the carbonation, which is carbon dioxide mixed with the water). Phosphoric acid also causes a draw-down on the body’s store of calcium.

So Coke softens your bones (actually, makes them weak and brittle) in 3 ways:

  1. Carbonation reduces the calcium in the bones.
  2. Phosphoric acid reduces the calcium in the bones.
  3. The beverage replaces a calcium-containing alternative, such as milk or water. Milk and water are not excellent calcium sources, but they are sources.

Esophageal cancer was very rare two generations ago — now, it’s common. The basic mechanism works as follows:

  1. Mechanical damage to cells is a huge risk factor for cancer. It’s why asbestos particles, for example, cause lung cancer.
  2. All soft drinks cause acid reflux (stomach acid rising up past the esophageal valve). This is more pronounced when the body is horizontal (as in sleeping), but the sheer volume of Coke and soft drinks consumed in the USA means the acid reflux is well past the danger point. Any time you ingest a gassy drink, you are going to get belching–and acid into the esophagus. How much is too much? The research doesn’t say where the limit is–it only shows that most of us are far, far, far past it.
  3. tomach acid dissolves tissue — that’s its purpose. The stomach lining does not extend into the esophagus, so the lower esophagus gets damaged by acid far more frequently in soft drink users than in non soft drink users. This results in a radical increase in cell mutations, along with a far higher level of free radicals.

20 Practical Uses For Coke

Coke acts as an acidic cleaner. The amount of acid in soda is enough to wear away at the enamel of your teeth, making them more susceptible to decay. In tests done on the acidity levels of soda, certain ones were found to have PH levels as low as 2.5. To put that into perspective, consider that battery acid has a pH of 1 and pure water has a pH of 7.

To prove Coke does not belong in the human body, here are 20 practical ways you can use Coke as a domestic cleaner:

  1. Removes grease stains from clothing and fabric
  2. Removes rust; methods include using fabric dipped in Coke, a sponge or even aluminum foil. Also loosens rusty bolts
  3. Removes blood stains from clothing and fabric.
  4. Cleans oil stains from a garage floor; let the stain soak, hose off.
  5. Kills slugs and snails; the acids kills them.
  6. Cleans burnt pans; let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
  7. Descales a kettle (same method as with burnt pans)
  8. Cleans car battery terminals by pouring a small amount of Coke over each one.
  9. Cleans your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
  10. Makes pennies shine; soaking old pennies in Coke will remove the tarnish.
  11. Cleans tile grout; pour onto kitchen floor, leave for a few minutes, wipe up.
  12. Dissolves a tooth; Use a sealed container…takes a while but it does work.
  13. Removes gum from hair; dip into a small bowl of Coke, leave a few minutes. Gum will wipe off.
  14. Removes stains from vitreous china.
  15. Got a dirty pool? Adding two 2-liter bottles of Coke clears up rust.
  16. You can remove (or fade) dye from hair by pouring diet Coke over it.
  17. Remove marker stains from carpet. Applying Coke, scrubbing and then clean with soapy water will remove marker stains.
  18. Cleans a toilet; pour around bowl, leave for a while, flush clean.
  19. Coke and aluminum foil will bring Chrome to a high shine.
  20. Strips paint off metal furniture. Soak a towel in Coke and lay it on the paint surface.

Now can you imagine what is does to your stomach lining? 

Who needs the ‘household and cleaning’ section at the hardware store when we have Coke.

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