The Power Of Touch

This is a sponsored post written for Vicks. I was compensated for this post as part of the Vicks Ambassador Network but all opinions are my own.

LIFE UPDATE!!! 2017 is the year of Travel. I have been in and out New Orleans a few times already this year and we’re only in March. With all of the traveling and the changes in temperature comes the risk of catching colds. Unfortunately, now I’m starting to feel the weight of travel. Last week, I celebrated Mardi Gras 7 days straight. Late nights to early mornings and changes in weather throughout. Oh yes, I survived Mardi Gras 2017. BUT THEN! Oh, but then, I was thrown on a flight at 5am the day after Mardi Gras, only to land in LA where it’s been cold nearly every. I thought Los Angeles was a city with temps at 75 all year ‘round? Someone lied to me!

So guess what? Now, I’m sick. Surprise, surprise. **Insert annoyed face emoji**. My throat has been hurting and the coughs has started to kick in. With the coughs coming strong, I feel like I might be dying. Okay, maybe I’m being a little exagerada but I can’t stop coughing! I hate being sick, but most importantly, I hate being sick when I’m away from home. My mom always knows what to do! Yes, I will admit, I’m a 29 year old woman and I can surely take care of myself… but I mean come on, Mom always knows best. I called her pretty late last night to ask what I should do because I have so much work to get done on the remainder of my trip and can’t afford to get sick right now. “Toma una sopita, haz una copa de te, ponte Vicks y vete a dormir” which means have some soup, make yourself a cup of tea, put on some Vicks and go to sleep! I swear my mom had a PhD in her past life because that works every time. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of that in the first place. It’s the easiest remedy to getting over a cough and cold! Went around the corner to the 24hour pharmacy and got a small tub of Vicks VapoRub, just like Dr. Momma ordered.

After coming back to my friend’s apartment, we made sopita, a little bit of tea with honey (to soothe the throat) and then I finally opened my miracle jar. Seriously though, my family and I use Vicks VapoRub -or “vivaporu” like my dad calls it- for nearly everything including muscle aches and pains. Most importantly, though, VapoRub is a topical cough suppressant. Obvio! All I had to do was rub a thick layer onto my chest and I instantly felt like I was home. It’s all about the power of touch. Any time I was ever sick growing up, my mom would always grab for the blue tub, massage the VapoRub on my chest while singing “Sana Sana, Culito de Rana”. It’s a Spanish saying that means “heal, heal, butt of a frog”, which now that I think about it sounds incredibly ridiculous in English but stay with me. I remember sometimes she’d even put a little on my neck so guess what, that’s what I did, too! The soothing cough relief starts working instantly.

For the rest of the year (and probably the rest of my life), I don’t think I’ll travel without it. My brother, sister and I used to always joke about how any time we’d travel, my mom would have her designated medical maleta (suitcase) in case any one of us would get sick. She would always have some soup and tea packets, honey and a tub of Vicks VapoRub. Maybe I should start being like her and at least begin to travel with a small makeup case filled with my favorite remedies. Who knows, perhaps after I start having kids, I can upgrade and graduate to full on mommy medical maleta status! In the meantime, let me rest it out and get better soon! I have so much to get done once I’m better! Want to snag some Vicks VapoRub for yourself, click here for a coupon code!

Do you have a VapoRub story? I know I’m not the only one that has a history with this magic tub! Let me know in a comment below; share with me your personal anecdotes about VapoRub.

Xoxo Un Besito (from far away, so you don’t get sick),


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  1. I read your story and it reminded me my own childhood stories. My mom was like your mom too, unas sopitas y Vicks VapoRub was all you needed. Thanks for sharing!

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