Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Vicks VapoRub; A Childhood Memory, Thanks CML!

Isn't it funny how certain smells trigger certain emotions? I can actually thank my low white cell count for my recent visit down memory lane. For the first time in over forty years, I have been sick enough to search for any relief that is within my grasp. I have been battling bronchitis for the better part of one month. The coughing is finally much better, but at one point was so bad that it sent me to the cupboard under the bathroom sink. For any of you out there with children or that have frequent ailments, I challenge you to see just how many expired items that you have! I had a bunch; the expired cough medicine seemed to works just fine!

Robitussin DM worked for about three hours, cough drops helped, but it wasn’t until Joe pulled out the Vick’s VapoRub that I really had that overall warm and fuzzy feeling. The Vick’s brought back warm childhood memories of my dear mother, slathering that gooey stuff all over my chest and then adding it to the lid of the vaporizer. I am not sure whether it was the Vick’s or my mother’s loving hands touching me that made me feel better, but whatever the case, the smell of that Vick’s made me smile!

Joe also insisted on using Iodex.  Iodex is another gooey ointment from his childhood. It has a different aroma so I smelled real good! After using all of that up, we actually had to order more online as we couldn’t find it for sale anywhere.

After scooping the very last little bit out of the jar, I ran to the market to get some more. The last time that I remember purchasing Vick’s was probably some 20 years ago, when my children were small. It didn’t cost more than a buck or two for a huge container. NOW, Vick’s VapoRub is $15 for a small little jar. I was shocked! I mean come on; it is Vaseline with some camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol, I think that I will head to the health food store and buy my own oils for next time; I’ll bet I can whip up one heck of a batch! I think that I shall leave the turpentine out. Thanks Vick’ for the memories………….

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