You have probably seen Vicks VapoRub, the clear minty ointment which we usually use to reduce chest congestion and treat colds and the flu. VapoRub contains menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oil which work together to relieve common cold symptoms and help you sleep better. According to many people, VapoRub is the best remedy for chest congestion, which is why the ointment is so popular.
However, you probably didn’t know that VapoRub can be used for much more than just treating chest congestion. The ointment has numerous other uses which you can read about in the list below:
Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
Stretch marks usually appear as a sign of aging or sudden weight changes and are very difficult to remove. However, rubbing VapoRub on them will moisten your skin and soften it as well, which will significantly reduce their appearance.
Vicks can be your best ally in the fight against bruises. Whenever you notice one on your body, add a pinch of salt in a dab of VapoRub and rub it onto the affected area to heal the bruise quickly.
Relieves sore muscles
The menthol in Vicks can refresh your skin and improve your circulation. This makes it ideal for treating sore muscles after hard workouts.
Prevents cracked heels
Applying some VapoRub on your feet and putting on cotton socks will prevent your heels from drying and cracking. Rinse with warm water in the end and exfoliate with a pumice stone to soften the skin. We suggest performing the method overnight for best results.
Relieves headaches and migraines
If you’re often suffering from headaches and migraines, VapoRub can indeed help. The menthol content will cool down your temples and relieve the pressure in your head, but we suggest visiting a doctor if the pain persists.
For a quick earache relief, dab a cotton ball in the ointment and put it in your ear. Keep it inside for a few hours a couple of times a day to reduce the pain and prevent an eventual infection.
Prevents chapped lips
Rubbing Vicks on your lips will moisturize the skin and prevent them from chapping.
Rub some of the ointment on sunburnt skin to get some much-needed relief.
Fights toenail fungus
Vicks contains thymol, an ingredient which can inhibit fungal growth and prevent infections such as toenail fungus. Just rub some VapoRub on the affected nails and the infection will be gone soon.
Train your pets
Putting an open container of VapoRub in the area your pet is peeing will deter them and help you train them to use the bathroom.