Vicks VapoRub is a bit of an institution when it comes to over-the-counter medications, perhaps because it works so differently from other types of nonprescription treatments. While today the medicine is usually contained in pills or effervescent tablets, Vicks treats your illnesses with vapors. Camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol, the three most important ingredients in Vicks, relieve congestion and cough when inhaled. The product also acts as a good local analgesic for other problems.
All of this is fairly well known, but did you know of any other useful properties of Vicks? There are plenty of home remedies for different types of problems that include fresh strong-smelling ointment. Here are a few of them:
Soothes headaches, muscle pain, and ear earaches
For common headaches, apple some Vicks to your temples for quick pain relief. If you suffer from a sinus headache instead, try putting ointment under your nose and inhale slowly and deeply.
Many people do not know that dandruff usually causes by an excess of fungus called Malassezia, and the antifungal properties of Vicks VapoRub can fight this and prevent the scalp from flaking.
It cures toenail fungus
Foot diseases are the worst. Fortunately, VapoRub can help you.
Soothing cracked heels
Sick of dry, hardened skin on your heels? Try spreading a generous layer of Vicks VapoRub on your heels and cover your feet with socks. It is best to do this overnight; you can wash it in the morning. Try also exfoliating the softened skin daily – the pumice stone works well – and repeat the treatment until the skin becomes softer. It also works in other areas prone to dry, tough skin, such as elbows.
Reduction of stretch marks
Many people attest to the effectiveness of Vicks VapoRub in reducing the appearance of their stretch marks. Apply a layer of Vicks VapoRub, then cover it with plastic wrap and/or tight leggings to ensure complete absorption. Although unproven, the combination of oil, petrolatum, and camphor makes the skin feel softer and reduces the dryness that can cause stretch marks to stand out. It can also be used as a preventive measure, with moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties of salve, keeping the skin soft and supple.
If you have hemorrhoids then you can temporarily relieve the pain and itching by applying a small amount of Vicks VapoRub to the affected area. It will reduce swelling and have a pleasant cooling sensation. They warn that it may sting or burn a little at first, so be careful and only use it externally.
Repel bugs and keep animals at bay
VapoRub can help you. Insects are not the only things that are deterred by the smell. Like many pets, such as cats and dogs. If your pets urinate inside or scratch furniture, you can leave an open jar of Vicks in the area to deter them.
Heal bruises and minor cuts
Bruises are simply blood under the skin, and as your body breaks down red blood cells and removes them, the bruise disappears. Medicinal Turpentine has long been used as a topical application on bruises, and Vicks VapoRub contains turpentine oil. Be careful not to use it on broken skin after all.