Vicks VapoRub has been around for more than a century, and is the most widely used over-the-counter-decongestant on the market.
BUT, did you know that the mini tub of goodness is capable of much, much more?
Here are 15 amazing ways you never thought to use Vicks!
- Mosquito Repellant
Keep mosquitoes away by applying a little bit of Vaseline on your clothing and skin.
- Sinus Headaches
Apply Vicks under your nose and take a deep breath. The menthol from Vicks will help you calm your headache.
- Fade Bruises Faster
If you combine a pinch of salt in Vicks VapoRub and apply it on a fresh bruise, it will help it fade more quickly.
- Alleviate Sore Muscles
Massage sore muscles with Vicks. Then, cover that area with a warm and dry towel. Lie down or lift the sore limb until the pain reduces. Do this three times daily.
- Skin Moisturizer
Rub Vicks VapoRub on your skin to treat dry skin.
- Treat Tennis Elbow
If you want to get rid of the pain from tennis elbow, apply Vicks and the menthol and camphor will help you ease the pain. Rub again until the ache stops.
- Treat Cracked Heels
Apply Vicks to your feet before bed and wear socks while you sleep. In the morning, wash your feet with warm water. Exfoliate the softened skin with pumice stone. Do this every night to keep your feet healthy and smooth.
- Eliminate Fingernail or Toenail Fungus
Apply Vicks on the infected toenail or fingernail twice daily. Then, put on your socks. Don’t forget to trim your nails until you completely remove the infected part.
- Relieve Congestion Symptoms and Cough
Apply Vicks on your throat and chest.
- Prevent Your Cat From Scratching
If you want to stop your cat’s scratching, rub some Vicks to your windows, walls, and doors.
- Stretch Marks
If you want to decrease the visibility of stretch marks, apply Vicks on the affected area. You will see the positive result after two weeks of regular application.
- Prevent Your Pet’s Peeing
Deter your pet from wetting on the rug or any area of the house by placing an open bottle of Vicks in the areas.
Ease inflammation and itchiness caused by eczema by applying Vicks on the affected skin.
- Remove Warts
Apply Vicks twice a day and cover with gauze and a sock. Continue to do this for about two weeks, until the wart disappears.
- Fat Burning and Stretch Marks Removal Cream
Decrease localized fat by applying Vicks Vaporub to stimulate fat burning in the problem areas such as legs and abdomen. Doing so will help fight fat accumulation, remove cellulite and stretch marks and help firm skin tissue.
All you need to do is prepare a cream with Vicks VapoRub, camphor, baking soda and a little bit of alcohol. Apply the resulting cream in the problematic areas and cover with black plastic or a clamping strip. You can do this at home, work, and even the gym!
VapoRub includes levomenthol, a solid white glass with mint flavor. If used alone, it may lead to rash, but when dissolved in Vicks, it is completely safe because it includes eucalyptus oil.
Camphor is another used ingredient that can be harmful to health, so it is not recommended to use it directly, but safe when used in the commercial product packaging.
– Vicks VapoRub
– Sodium bicarbonate
Crush the camphor tablet well and mix with the aforementioned ingredients until it forms a paste. Transfer to glass or plastic container. Apply the cream in the evening using small make circular movements. Then, wrap the area with plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes or overnight.
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