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8 Surprising Uses of Vicks VapoRub You Wish You Had Known

Many people have an unusual affinity to the magic solution called VapoRub. There is something about the smell that’s calming, which is probably a bit odd since it is usually associated with sick children and a stuffy nose. Vicks has pretty much been a standard in bathroom cabinets for decades.

It is an effective remedy for nasal congestion and cough (especially in combination with a humidifier), but check out some of these other uses for Vicks.

1. Headaches
If the pressures of work and home start to occur in the form of headaches, skip Tylenol, and reach for the VapoRub instead. Thomas Jefferson University did a study showing that menthol gel (the same ingredients in VapoRub) is effective for relieving headaches.

2. Muscle aches
Did you know that VapoRub can be used for muscle aches? If you feel additional pain after a long workout, rub the formula into your muscles and cover with a warm towel. Elevate your legs until the pain subsides. And, if your children have “growing pains”, try using Vicks on their pain legs.

3. Soothe earaches
Earaches are the worst! To relieve the pain, try applying some gel to a cotton ball and gently putting it in your sore ear. Menthol can help alleviate some of the irritation in the ear, relieving pain. If your ears get worse or last longer than a few days, then you need to see a doctor.

4. Toenail fungus
One of the main ingredients of VapoRub is eucalyptus oil, which has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that can act as a natural means of relieving pain and eliminating the disease.

5. Cracked heels
Thanks to eucalyptus, VapoRub also works well to heal cracked heels. Simply coat the sore feet with the solution, slip on some socks, and go about your day for a no-muss feet healer.

6. Repel bugs
You know that unpleasant smell (menthol)? Well, it works on bugs! While this method is effective, be prepared to keep that strong scent for a while. Just coat some VapoRub on the legs and neck to bugs at bay.

7. Keep animals away from where you don’t want them
If your dog is constantly climbing on the couch, or your cat continues to pawing at your table, you don’t have to refuse them. Take a jar of Vicks VapoRub and dab dots of that smelly gel on or near your furniture to keep pets away.

8. Heal bruises and minor cuts
The healing properties of the active ingredients in VapoRub give an abundance of healing power for minor cuts and bruises. Apply the gel to the wound and cover it with a bandage.


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