As we all know, Vicks VapoRub is very effective to treat the congestion of airways, sore throat, headache, cough, etc. This is also the best selling decongestant for many years. But do you know all its uses?
Mainly consisted of camphor, turpentine oil, levomenthol, thymol, eucalyptus essential oil and Vaseline, Vicks Vapo Rub is known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic properties. Besides its ability to relieve colds, it has other uses we’ve listed for you in this article.
Here are 16 amazing uses for Vicks VapoRub you’ve never heard!
- Relieves acute ear pain
If you want to relieve severe pain in your ear, take a clove of garlic and put it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Then apply a little Vicks Vapo Rub on the garlic and put it into your aching ear.
Garlic is an antiseptic that will treat the inflammation, while the heat generated in the microwave and the effect of Vicks will relieve your ear pain in no time.
Alternatively, you can directly apply the Vicks on a small cotton ball and place it directly into your ear. The effect will amaze you and will relieve the pain in minutes.
- Treats the symptoms of influenza and coughs
To relieve your cough, congestion in the airways and relieve a sore throat, apply some Vicks on your chest and throat before bedtime. Its anti-inflammatory effect, in addition to the warmth it provides, will ease the breathing and allow you to sleep peacefully.
- Calms headaches caused by sinusitis
If you have a headache because of sinusitis, you should definitely try this method. Apply a small amount of Vicks under your nose (without touching the nostrils) and inhale deeply. Thanks to the menthol, this ointment will reduce the dilation of blood vessels that causes this painful pressure in your head and the pain will disappear almost immediately. You can also rub a small amount on your temples and forehead to relieve the pain.
- Relieves muscle pain
Vicks also has a magical effect on the painful muscles. Apply in sufficient quantity on the painful muscle and massage gently. Then cover the area with a dry and warm towel and lie down, or elevate the painful limb. The Vicks massage will stimulate blood circulation, release muscle knots and the heat effect immediately relieves the pain.
- Soothe an elbow tendonitis
The pain caused by tendonitis of the elbow can be very embarrassing. If you want to get rid of it, simply apply a little Vicks VapoRub on the painful area. The menthol and camphor in it will help relieve the pain. Repeat the treatment until complete disappearance of pain.
- Blurs the bruises (blue ones)
If you have a blue bruise, take a little Vicks, add a pinch of salt, and then apply the mixture in a thin layer on your hematoma. This will speed up the thinning of the blood bag that has formed, which significantly reduces the swelling and blueness.
- Eliminates acne and pimples
Apply a little Vicks on the pimples at night and let it stay overnight. Rinse in the morning. This will dry the pimples, cleanse and soothe the affected area. However, you must be careful to apply it directly on the pimple to avoid irritating the skin around.
- Treats fungal infections
If you have fungus on your nails, apply some Vicks on the nail by massaging it in order to aid the penetration of the ointment, in the morning and in the evening before you go to bed, then put some socks and leave it. Its antiseptic properties will help you treat the infection. Above all, remember to regularly trim your nails to help the healing process.
- Relieves Athlete’s foot
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that usually affects the skin between the toes. The skin becomes dry, red and begins to peel. To treat the infection, apply Vicks two times a day to hydrate the skin and soothe the irritation.
- Treats warts
To get rid of warts, apply this ointment twice a day and put some socks on or cover the affected area with gauze. The results begin to appear only after few days of use. However, make sure to continue with the treatment for at least 2 weeks or until the warts disappear completely.
- Moisturizes the skin
Thanks to its high content of Vaseline, Vicks VapoRub moisturizes the skin. That is why many people use it to treat chapped lips and dandruff caused due to the drying of the scalp.
- Treats cracked heels
Because of prolonged standing and sometimes uncomfortable shoes, the heels that support our weight dehydrate and start to crack. To treat them, apply some Vicks on the heels in the evening before bedtime, then put on socks. Vaseline contained in the ointment moisturizes the heels throughout the night, and facilitates exfoliation of the dead skin. Next morning, wash your feet with warm water and make a scrub with pumice. So you will get soft and smooth feet, without cracks.
- Blurs stretch marks
Stretch marks are caused by sudden stretching of the skin. To blur these unsightly marks, apply VapoRub on the affected area (abdomen, thighs, buttocks but avoid the breast). Thanks to its moisturizing and healing effect, the results will be visible from the second week of application.
- Keeps mosquitoes away
If you want to keep the insects away from you, apply a little Vicks behind your ears and your knees and on your elbows and neck. Its strong odor acts as a mosquito barrier.
- Prevents pets from misbehaving
If you are tired of seeing your cat sharpening its claws on your nice furniture, simply rub a small amount of Vicks on your wood furniture, doors and window borders. And if your dog does not hesitate to mark its territory that is none other than your living room rug or hallway carpet, place a jar of Vicks opened in these spaces. The strong odor will deter your pet out of mischief.
- Horse racing
Horse racing professionals apply a little Vicks under the nostrils of their horses so that they remain focused and avoid being attracted by the smell of mares.
Vicks VapoRub should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, in dermal application in infants under 2 years, inhalation by children under 12 years and by people with a history of seizures.
Its application to damaged skin (wounds, eczema, burns, etc.) is strongly discouraged.