Well when I was small we used the Vicks rub but mom would always put a small glob of it on our upper lip under our nose, and for cough medicine it was a tablespoon of whiskey and a teaspoon of sugar or honey, I always thought it burned the sore throat away! and for an ear ache ( my mom swore that this was prescribed by an old country doctor that we used to go to) 2 drops of rubbing alcohol in the affected ear and then a wad of cotton put in the ear. I don't know whether it actually worked or not but it did feel good!
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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV