Vicks VapoRub is widely used for treating headache, cough, cold, stuffy nose, throat and chest. People around the world have used it for hundreds of years as the most effective over-the-counter decongestant. However, Vicks has many more uses, including:
- Sinus headaches
Apply a small amount of the ointment under your nose and inhale deeply. Vicks is rich in menthol and can effectively relieve headache.
- Mosquito repellent
Put some of the ointment on your skin and clothes to keep the mosquitoes away.
- Treat acne
Vicks can also clean the skin and sooth inflammation. Apply on the affected area a couple of times a day, until the acne is gone.
- Repel insects
Rub some of the Vicks on your neck, elbows, inner knees and behind your ears. Also, opening a bottle of Vicks can keep the flies away.
- Heal bruises
Mix some Vicks and a pinch of salt and rub the mixture onto a fresh bruise. It will prevent swelling and color changing.
- Soothe sore muscles
You can massage your sore muscles with this remedy. Wrap the muscles with a warm and dry towel and lift the aching limb until the pain is relieved. Repeat the procedure 3 times a day.
- Hydrate your skin
Rub some Vicks on dry skin areas to moisturize your skin.
- Tennis elbow
Tennis elbow pain can be effectively relieved with Vicks. Menthol and camphor found in Vicks are extremely beneficial for treating pain. Rub gently until you feel relief.
- Cracked heels
Before going to bed, rub some of the ointment on your feet and put on some socks. The next morning wash your feet with warm water. Then, exfoliate the hard skin using pumice stone. Repeat the procedure every night until the feet become soft and smooth.
- Nail fungus
Vicks is also beneficial for treating fungus on fingernails and toenails. Apply it on the affected area two times a day and put on some cotton socks. Trim the nail carefully until you successfully remove the infected part.
- Relieve congestion and cough
Gently massage your chest and throat with Vicks.
- Keep your kitty`s nails under control
You can rub Vicks to your windows, walls and furniture to prevent the cat from scratching it.
- Heal cuts and splinters
Vicks can significantly speed up the healing process and protect from infections.
- Reek-free Racehorses
Professional racers put some Vicks under the nostril of their racehorses on the day of the race to prevent them from being attracted to female ponies and to focus on the race.
- Stretch marks
Regular use of Vicks in a period of 2 weeks can significantly reduce stretch marks.
- Control your pet`s peeing
Open a bottle of Vicks and place it in the area where your pet likes to pee. You will definitely not see it peeing on your rug again.
- Treat eczema
Eczema, itching and inflammation can be effectively treated with Vicks.
- Relieve earache
Soak a cotton ball in Vicks and put it in the aching ear. The pain will soon be gone.
Put a garlic clove in the microwave and heat it for 10 seconds. Place some Vicks on one of the garlic`s ends and carefully put the clove in the aching ear.
- Athlete`s foot
Apply Vicks twice a day to treat athlete`s foot.
- Get rid of warts
Put some Vicks on the wart and cover with a clean cloth. You can use gauze or a sock, depending on the affected rea. The wart will be gone in 2 weeks.