Flu or cold? Vicks VapoRub. Muscle pain? Vicks VapoRub. Headache? Vicks VapoRub. Cough? Vicks VapoRub. Insect bite? Vicks VapoRub. And the list goes one, because for most Hispanic, that topical ointment of eucalyptus, menthol and camphor is a sort of divine elixir. It is the panacea for many problems and pains.
Many may remember la abuelita rubbing Vicks VapoRub, with its unmistakable odor, on the chest of her nietos.
Others add a few teaspoons of the ointment in hot water, so that the patient might inhale the medicinal aromas. And of course, there were always a back massage to ease the muscle aches brought on by a cold.
Some people, being more daring, followed rituals to stop a cough. Such a magical cure penetrated via the feel, which had to be rubbed with Vicks VapoRub, then socks were slipped on, followed by sleep. Some say that this allows one to enjoy a peaceful night without coughing.
This miraculous jar of salve will continue to be found in the Hispanic first-aid kits ... because it is the universal remedy, right?
This article provides general information and it not intended to be a medical guide. Any kind type of treatment should be prescribed by a specialist.