Vicks VapoRub ointment is a mentholated topical ointment that will make you pain-free and ease your life. It is indicated for use on the chest, back and throat for cough suppression, but it has also been used to treat mosquito bites.
This magic wonder was originally manufactured by the family-owned company Richardson-Vicks, Inc., based in Greensboro, North Carolina. It has been around for over a century and you can find it in almost any household. Interestingly, what began as a home remedy to combat colds, or the flu during the early 20th century, has now made itself globally famous. There are many ways you can make use of it, some of which you never imagined.
It is made with a combination of menthol, camphor, and other ingredients such as oils of thyme and eucalyptus. These items have specific uses including pain relief, itch reduction, anti-fungal, increasing circulation, and acne fighting, to mention just a few.
Nowadays people use it for everything from coughs to stretch marks. You probably have one at home, and here are some clever ways to use it in your everyday lives.
1. Pimple buster
If you’ve got a huge zit that you can’t treat with this fantastic natural mix, go for VapoRub instead! Try dabbing a small dot of the rub on a pimple to dry it out and make it disappear.
If you have a sinus headache, inhaling the vapors can help open up your clogged passageways. Rub a tiny bit of Vicks under your nose and off you go. Another method for non-sinus headaches is to rub a small amount onto your temples. It will relieve the pressure you feel from your headache.
3. Nail fungus
Many of the compounds in the Vicks ointment are anti-fungal and can help against fungal growth in your nails. Simply use a cotton swab to apply it to your toes or fingernails. Wearing socks to bed will help to protect your feet as Vicks does its wonders.
4. Stretch marks/cellulite
You’re probably thinking: “Really? No way!” But, actually, there are people who swear by this one, even posting videos on the internet about how great it works and how to do it. Just try using it as balm or lotion and rub it into the affected areas.
5. Itch and sting relief
From poison ivy to bee stings or mosquito bites, using Vicks was always grandmas best remedy. Just rub it in and let those magical ingredients do their job!
6. Dry feet
If you’ve got scaly, and ashy-looking feet, spread some VapoRub on the soles of your feet. Pay special attention to problem areas like the heels. Then, cover your feet with cotton socks overnight and wash the salve off in the morning. Use warm water.
The use of mint is not new in treating nausea. Some people use Vicks by rubbing a small line under their noses or creating a facial steam to inhale. Seems like a great idea on the road!
It hurts a lot when you touch a hot iron by mistake, but there is a simple remedy for that. A minor burn can be soothed with VapoRub. Camphor and other elements in Vicks have the ability to heal burns and numb the pain they cause. Excellent!
9. Creaky doors
This is just wow! No oil? No problem! Vicks will do it for you…
10. Shower bombs
Instead of inhaling Vicks off of your body or through a humidifier, you can make your own shower “fizzies” to ease congestion. Place them on the shower floor and allow the hot water to melt them into a vapory steam. Cool, right?
Believe it or not, this is actually one of the uses listed on an old Vicks advertisement from the 1920s. Camphor and menthol contain constituents that aid in circulation, which help bruises to heal faster. Rub a little bit of the ointment onto a bruise and wait for the miracle to happen.