You’ve probably used Vicks VapoRub to clear up congestion and relieve headaches. But, the camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus found in this ointment make it one of the most versatile natural remedies ever.
So, there are many other ways you can use it to improve your condition.
Vicks is one of the most popular over-the-counter decongestants and has been used for more than a hundred years. Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about the surprising ways you can use this ointment.
Here are some of the top unconventional uses of Vicks VapoRub:
1. Fights Off Toe Fungus
The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of Thymol, one of Vicks’ compounds, enables you to use this ointment in the treatment of toe fungus. All you have to do is rub your toes with it to eliminate the problematic fungus.
2. Moisturizes Lips
Vicks contains petroleum jelly, so it’ll help you soften your dry lips. What’s more, the menthol in its content will plump your lips naturally. However, do not use it if you have cracked lips to prevent your lips from irritating.
If you are suffering from a sunburn, you can rub a little bit of VapoRub on it, and it will help the stinging stop.
You might be surprised, but Vicks can help relieve the itch and sting when it comes to sunburns. Put your Vicks in the fridge for a while, and then apply a thick layer of the cold ointment for relief.
Note – do not use Vicks on broken or blistered skin, and on children.
4. Relieves Earaches
Putting some Vicks into your affected ear using a cotton ball, and letting it stay for a few hours can help relieve your earache. Thanks to its antiseptic effects, the ointment can also reduce pain from ear infections. However, you should know that it won’t clear up the infection.
5. Relieves Headaches
Applying some Vicks on your forehead and temples and rubbing it gently can help prevent and relieve headaches and migraines. Its mentholated scent helps relieve pain by releasing pressure in the head.
6. Prevents Pet Incidents
Put an open jar of Vicks in those areas of your home where you want to prevent your pet from marking it. The smell will deter your pet so it’ll stop peeing inside your house.
7. Softens Dry Heels
To moisturize your dry heels or feet, apply some Vicks onto them and put on cotton socks. In this way, Vicks VapoRub will make your feet soft and smooth.
8. Soothes Muscle Pain and Soreness
Applying some Vicks on your sore muscles after a strenuous workout will boost the blood flow in that area and relieve the pain more quickly.
9. Speeds Up the Healing of Bruises
If you get a bruise, put a thin layer of Vicks over it and sprinkle some salt. The combination of salt and Vicks will help break down the blood in the affected area, thus restoring the natural skin color faster.
10. Prevent and Fades Stretch Marks
You can use this ointment to prevent the appearance of stretch marks. But, if you already have them, don’t panic. Rub some of it on the affected areas and the unique combination of compounds will help them fade.