Vicks VapoRub is a cold remedy that’s found in almost every household. There’s actually a huge chance that you have it somewhere around your house right this moment.
This popular remedy comes with medicated vapors and consists of eucalyptus, menthol, and camphor as the active ingredients that help relieve cough and nasal congestion. However, VapoRub can do a whole lot more than this!
There are many unusual, yet awesome uses for this product that you probably have never heard of before.
12. An effective insect repellent
Repelling annoying flies, blood-sucking mosquitoes, and other unwanted insects can be extremely easy when you have a Vicks VapoRub jar at home. All you have to do is open the jar and place it where you need to enjoy some insect-free time.
It’s especially a life-saving solution when you suddenly run out of your insect repellent.
11. Headache relief
As we have mentioned earlier, Vicks VapoRub includes three main ingredients. One of them is menthol, which helps decrease blood pressure in your head, resulting in pain relief.
To treat a headache at home, simply rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your forehead and lay down until the pain goes away.
10. The best care your feet can get
To heal cracked, dry feet and keep them soft, just apply a moderate amount of Vicks VapoRub while focusing on the areas that need it most, then, put cotton socks on and let it sit overnight. Remember to use your least favorite socks or an old pair because they will have a heavy menthol smell the next day.
When you wake up, rinse your feet thoroughly and scrub away dead skin using a pumice stone, then apply a foot lotion. Keep it up each night until you get the results you want.
9. Pet incidents prevention
We all know that accidents happen, but if they happen more often than your nerves can handle, then you should just get a jar of Vicks VapoRub. So whenever you don’t want your dog or cat to pee inside the house, leave some of the product where the incidents tend to happen.
Many vets claim that dogs and cats hate the smell of Vicks, meaning it’ll work wonderfully.
8. Your cat will never ruin your furniture again
If your cat is a huge fan of scratching and would usually perform all kinds of scratchy art on every he/she can reach, you should just leave some Vicks VapoRub there.
This way, you’ll save those new curtains, nice couch, or other furniture in no time because your kitty will learn the lesson as soon as its tiny nose meets the strong smell of Vicks.
7. Stretch marks reduction
To reduce the appearance of stretch marks on your skin, just rub a little amount of Vicks VapoRub on those areas daily. Amazingly, you’ll start noticing some remarkable changes in only a couple of weeks.
6. Toenail fungus treatment
If you have Vicks VapoRub at home, you can treat toenail fungus easily. All you have to do is apply some of the product to the affected nail every night before putting your socks on.
Every morning, rinse your feet and try to clip off as much infected nail as you can. Keep repeating the same steps daily until your nails are entirely recovered.
5. Get rid of bruises
If you have bruises, you can make them disappear easily by gently rubbing some Vicks VapoRub on them regularly. Repeat every day while paying attention to the healing process. The ointment will minimize the swelling and the bruise will fade away sooner than you expect.
4. Earache relief
If you suffer from earache, you can get the relief you so desire by putting some Vicks VapoRub on a little cotton ball and placing it on the entry of the ear. Make sure to leave the cotton ball there for a few hours or more until you get to the doctor’s office. Be aware that getting pain relief isn’t an excuse to not consult a doctor.
3. Healthier skin
If you often struggle with acne, pimples, or similar skin problems, try applying a thin layer of Vicks VapoRub to the affected areas.
Once you apply the product, leave it overnight, and make sure to rinse your face thoroughly the next day while keeping your usual skin-care routine. Just remember that persistence is key if you want to get the best results possible.
2. Muscle and back pain relief
The naturally potent ingredients in Vicks VapoRub do an amazing job in helping stressed muscles relax as well as relieving pain on different body parts. So if you often suffer from sore muscles or back pain, just put some Vicks on the affected area and keep gently massaging it until the pain fades away.
1. Get rid of belly fat
For this one, you’ll need to make a homemade paste that includes half a jar of Vicks VapoRub, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of alcohol, and 1 tablespoon of crushed tablet camphor.
So start applying some of this mixture to your belly (or any other fatty area) and wrap it with plastic wrap every time before exercising.
Once you finish working out, make sure to wash off the paste with plenty of warm water.
You should do this about three times a week to start seeing changes.
A few things to know before using Vicks VapoRub!
You should test Vicks on your skin before using it, just like you do with other skin products to make sure that they’re safe for you. Ideally, there must be no redness, burning sensations, or other uncomfortable symptoms after you put some of the product on a tiny area of your hand.
Also, you should never use Vicks VapoRub on kids under 2 because it can negatively affect their respiratory tract.
And the golden rule of all times is to consult your doctor whenever you feel skeptical.