Vicks Vaporub has been a staple in Irish medicine cupboards for generations. It contains menthol and camphor to calm a cough, eucalyptus and menthol will relieve nasal congestion and eucalyptus also relieves catarrh. It can be used in conjunction with other cough and cold medicines if required.
Adults and children over 2: Can have it rubbed onto their chest and back at the first sign of a cold. This can be repeated 2-4 times per day as required. Leave clothes loose to allow vapours to be inhaled easily.
Adults and children over 6: Can inhale the vapours if a headcold or catarrh is persisting. Dissolve 5-10mls of the vaporub in a bowl of hot, but not boiling, water. Inhale the vapours for 10-15 minutes.
Children will need supervision while using this method. (Never reheat the mixture).