As a person who no longer fights her chronic bronchitis, thanks to apple cider vinegar, I know there is no better way to clear the chest congestion than with a simple sip of apple cider vinegar. Still, no matter how much honey you put in the shot glass for a virgin hot toddy, it’s pretty tough to get the wee ones to drink the vinegar; even though the kids are worn out and exhausted from the cough. Of course, cough medicines for children, which really never worked anyway, are pretty much out of the question now, due to their danger.
I found a solution that silenced what started out to be a long, noisy night of coughing, and put all of us, even the one with the cough, into a state of restful bliss.
I soaked a cotton wash cloth in apple cider vinegar, and added a few drops of lavender, eucalyptus, thyme and sweet orange essential oils. These oils are known for their respiratory benefit; but I was really just trying to help sweeten the smell of the vinegar. You can use whatever oils you have; as long as they are Pure Essential Oils and not synthetic (which could make the cough worse.)
I wrung out the excess vinegar, so the cloth wouldn’t drip, and placed the cloth on his chest. Next, I pulled down his jammy shirt, and placed a towel on top of his chest. Next, I applied a heating pad, set on the lowest setting. The heat penetrates the vinegar right into his chest, where it works to break up the congestion to help him sleep.
I left the heating pad on him while I was awake. When I went to bed, I replaced the heating bad with a warmed rice bag.
And, all was silent.