It’s cold and flu season. Thankfully everyone in my house is healthy right now. I hope I didn’t just jinx anything. When the kids do have head colds I break out my arsenal of humidifiers, tissues, Clorox wipes, chicken soup and these Pedia Care Gentle Vapor pads. Pedia Care makes a unit that plugs into the wall that heats the little pads and releases the vapors into the air to help children breathe at night when they’re fighting a cold. They kind of smell like Vicks Vapor Rub and last well into the morning. I really love to use them, but they’re pretty expensive.
I’m happy to say that I found a DIY alternative that costs me much less and works just as well! I have this Scentsy warmer. Actually, I think I have about four. Have I mentioned how much I love a nice-smelling home? I’m absolutely in love with candles and wax bars. They make me oh so happy.
I’m here to tell you that your electric wax warmer can help with congestion, as well.
I usually have a couple jars of Vicks Baby Rub on hand in my house at all times. I’ve used it on my kids feet when they’ve had colds or coughs. I know there are some folks out there that prefer natural remedies vs. over-the-counter. Don’t worry! I have you covered! Check out this vapor rub recipe from Everyday Roots to make your own natural concoction.
All you need is to add one tablespoon of vapor rub and one tablespoon of water to your warmer and let the magic happen.
In no time at all, the vapor rub and the water will start to blend together and should last throughout the evening. So, next time someone has a cold in your family, try out this simple trick to help everyone sleep better at night. An uninterrupted night of sleep has become one of the most precious things in the world to me! Best wishes for a healthy 2014!
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Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books says
This is a wonderful tip! What a great way to use Scentsy warmers in combination with Vicks Baby Rub! I found you thru “Freedom Fridays”!
Can you use regular Vicks vapor rub or does it have to be Vicks baby rub?
Regular Vicks should work fine, too!
Hello! I have been using this trick for a while but noticed my Vick’s loses its umph after the first night. How often do you replace your Vick’s in your warmer? I usually buy the cheap walmart brand so if I have to replace it every night, I’m not gonna be too upset, it’s just a pain! I also wondered about adding some essential oils to the Vicks to make it last longer, any thoughts on that?
Laura, you do almost have to change it out every night for it to be effective. If you use essential oils, I wouldn’t even use the Vicks. A combination of thyme oil in a blend of lemon, tea tree and eucalyptus would work well. Try some combinations to see what works for you. These shower tablets are also awesome for the morning: https://bitzngiggles.com/2015/01/soothing-decongestant-tablets.html.
I read that Vicks Vapo Rub can explode when heated up, sending scalding hot liquid shooting out of the warmer that can burn kids and cover your furniture with stains. Just a heads up!
Hi Mary, that’s horrible. I suppose it depends what kind of warmer you use, but the kind I have will never heat anything to the point it will boil or explode. But yes, please use caution when doing this since the warmer manufacturers don’t suggest using anything in the warmers but their melts. You could also use some essential oils if you don’t like the idea of the Vicks.
Just wanted to warn you that putting anything else in a Scentsy warmer besides the scent wax voids their warranty on their products. Also, Vicks and Scentsy both have warned consumers to not put vicks in the warmers because of the reasons Mary mentioned in a previous comment
Would you be able to put this in a dehumidifier that is usually used for essential oils and water?
I wouldn’t put it in a humidifier. Instead I would use the Young Living AromaEase™ essential oil blend. For more information on essential oils: https://bitzngiggles.com/essential-oils
Vicks also has a liquid for humidifiers.
I did this a couple of weeks ago when I had a terrible cold. It works amazingly well on chest, nose and even settled my cough a little.
They have come out with Scent Bursts in Eucalyptus try it.
Scentsy actually has a scent that is called “Just Breathe”…….. very similar to the scent of Vicks.
Aeshwarya Kumar Singh says
Vicks is a awesome ramidi for block nose if you have any trouble in the nose
In taking breadth and if you put it in your all over your nose and even in fourhead ,chest, stomuch or all over body you can get rid of any body pain and feel liter in the next morning.