Monday, January 27, 2014

Pinterest Bustin': Will Vicks in a tart warmer relieve congestion?

The hmmmschoolers are crazy for Vicks. Vicks is the miracle cure for everything. If they could eat it with a spoon, they probably would.

I don't much care for Vicks, but I'm crazy for tart warmers. I can make the house smell lovely and not have to worry about open flames around animals or crazy children who run amok. Tart warmers and I are totally BFF.

So as the winter Yuck crept upon us this past week and noses were stuffed beyond unstuffing, I thought about the Pinterest idea I'd seen for using Vicks in a tart warmer to help relieve nasal congestion.

 As the story goes, a tablespoon of water and a tablespoon of Vicks in your 'lil tart warmer will fill the air with the magical decongestant powers of eucalyptus vapors.

In the name of science, I moved one of my tart warmers into Nine Year Old Hmmmschooler's room and placed a tablespoon of both water and Vicks upon it. I turned the warmer on and let the magic do it's thing. Nine Year Old Hmmmschooler went to bed about 9 pm.

So...did it work?


At 1:30 am, my son awoke me to announce that "that stupid Pinterest idea doesn't work" and could he "please have something to actually unplug his nose".

I walked into his room expecting to be greeted by the aroma of Vicks. I had not yet caught the winter Yuck the boys were suffering from, so I should have been able to smell Vicks...but there was nothing. At all. Until I got right over the tart warmer.

For reals.

Our 1:30 am verdict on this Pinterest idea was that unless you want to fall asleep snuggling the tart warmer/Vicks contraption right under your nose, you're probably not going to get any worthwhile congestion relief from it. It did not fill the air with the magical decongestant powers of eucalyptus vapors. It did not, I say.

As an aside from the mom in me, have you ever tried to wash Vicks off of something plastic or ceramic? Vicks is like bacon grease mixed with Vaseline mixed with glue. Don't ever add this to your dishes to-do list if you don't have to.

We have found we get the most from our Vicks by simply rubbing it on the congested person's chest.

I know. We're kind of old school and unexciting. But we like it that way.

Until next time, Pinterest Busters...


  1. You'd probably be better off just using straight up eucalyptus oil in the warmer. That's disappointing that it didn't work, but those of us who dread the annual bout of February pneumonia appreciate the testing! Get well soon!

  2. My mom does this now and again, but she makes a little tent with a towel and uses it just for instant relief. I bought the actual vick's humidifer awhile back- must have been 9yrs or so now! And it was absolutely awful. Yeah- you mentioned that bacon grease stuff?? It was ALL over our walls. We didn't notice it until it actually started dripping down, and it was a nightmare to clean off. Gross!


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