Vicks VapoRub is an ointment used for decades to relieve cough, cold, flu, headache, congested nose, chest and throat stuffiness. However, there are many other ways to use this inexpensive product. Below are some surprising uses of Vicks VapoRub to solve common health issues.
1. REDUCE ACNE & PIMPLES
Vicks VapoRub is an effective treatment to get rid of acne and pimples problem. It has several acne fighting ingredients such as camphor and eucalyptus oil that will dry out the acne overnight. Simply put a little dab of vicks vaporub directly on acne and pimple, it’ll shrink significantly.
2. TOENAIL OR FINGERNAIL FUNGUS
Fungus infects the nail bed and causes the nail to thicken and discolor. The thickening may push the nail away from the toe, possibly causing loss of the nail. Vicks VapoRub has a fungus-fighting ingredient called thymol, an oil that comes from Thyme. Rub Vicks VapoRub on the infected toenail or fingernail twice a day. Cover your feet with cotton socks, at bedtime. Frequently trim the nails, till infected part is entirely removed.
3. NATURAL INSECT REPELLANT
Vicks VapoRub contains cedarleaf oil, which is a natural insect repellant. Just rub a little on your skin and clothes. You don’t have to rub it all over, just apply small dabs on your ankles, wrists, neck, inner elbows, knees and behind your ears. The smell of the menthol in it will repel the insects away. You can also rub it on the mosquito bites to relieve itching.
4. ACHING MUSCLES
Vicks also relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant relief. Use a generous portion and gently rub on aching area. Then, cover the area with a warm and dry towel.
5. REMOVES SPLINTERS AND HEAL SMALLER CUTS
Vicks VapoRub contains camphor and menthol, both these ingredients have antiseptic qualities. To prevent infection and speed up healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on any small cut or splinter.
6. HEAL CRACKED HEELS
Before going to bed, spread a thick layer of Vicks VapoRub on your heels and feet. Massage in for five minutes and then wear socks to lock in the moisture. Wash your feet in the morning, with warm water. Do this every night for maintaining the healthy and smooth heels.
7. SOOTHE MINOR BURNS
For minor burns, such as steam burns in the kitchen, run it under cold water and then rub some Vicks on it for quick relief.
8. TENNIS ELBOW
Vicks Vaporub can be used as a topical analgesic to temporarily relieve minor aches and pains of achy muscles and joints. If you are suffering from tennis elbow, then rub Vicks VapoRub to get rid of the pain. Menthol and camphor in Vicks will heal the aching elbow. Re-apply till the elbow stops aching.