Vicks VapoRub is most commonly used to treat congestion caused by cold and flu. Yet, it has far more uses than you might think.
Bug repellant? Check! Pain reliever? Check! Training your pets? You bet!
Keep reading to discover 32 unbelievable uses for Vicks VapoRub.
1. repair cracked foot heels
Do you want to heal the dried & cracked heels of your feet? Simply grab some Vicks VapoRub and apply it to the entirety of your feet. Wear cotton socks while the Vicks is working it’s magic & be sure to wash them clean with warm water. Use nightly to keep your feet soft & smooth.
2. relieve earaches
Apply a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on a cotton ball and place it in your ear for several hours, multiple times a day. It will not only reduce the pain but may also prevent an infection.
3. treat acne
Are you looking to get rid of stubborn acne and/or blemishes? All you have to do is apply some Vicks VapoRub to the area before bed. When you wash it off in the morning, your blemishes should be gone. Repeat the process until you are satisfied with the results.
Vicks VapoRub is an excellent way to prevent stretch marks from developing. Some of the main ingredients in Vicks – eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil, petrolatum, camphor, and turpentine oil – all combine to help stretched skin become softer and increase moisture. This will also help to keep stretch marks from standing out.
5. training your pets
We’ve all been there when trying to train our furry friends – they like to mark their territory. To combat this, simply place an open container of Vicks VapoRub in the area(s) your pet likes to go. The strong smell will help keep them from coming back to the same spot and they’ll soon be headed outside!
This one might seem a bit odd. Who wants to cry? Actors/Actresses spring to mind. Whatever your reason for needing to cry on cue, simply rub a little Vicks VapoRub under your eye (careful not to get it in your eye).
7. heal chapped lips
Apply some Vicks to your chapped lips just as you would with a lip balm. The Vicks will soften and moisturize your dry lips in no time.
8. heal cuts & splinters
Speed up your healing by applying some Vicks VapoRub on your cuts and/or splinters. The soothing menthol will relieve the sting.
9. silence a creaking door
A creaking door can be a massive headache. If you have a door that creaks or squeaks when it opens or closes, try using Vicks VapoRub on the hinges. It acts as an awesome replacement for oil.
10. conceal bad smells
Daily life can lead to some bad smells. Whether it’s from dirty socks or a full garbage bin, replace the bad smell by creating your own Vicks VapoRub air freshener or applying some under your nose.
11. Neosporin alternative
If you find yourself without any Neosporin in the house, Vicks is an excellent replacement. Apply a thin layer around the wound. This will speed up the healing process & will help protect against germs & bacteria.
12. Treat psoriasis and eczema
No one wants to hide their skin from the inviting summer sun. Applying Vicks VapoRub on your eczema will reduce itchiness & inflammation caused by the condition.
13. skin moisturizer
Vicks VapoRub works as a wonderful skin moisturizer – especially on chapped skin. As with chapped lips, VapoRub will restore the moisture to dry, cracked skin.
14. remove stubborn lipstick
If you’ve ever applied matte or bold coloured lipstick before, you’ll know how hard it can be to take off. But not with some VapoRub! Apply a thin layer of Vicks on your stained lips & let it sit for five minutes before wiping it off completely.
15. relieve headaches
If you suffer from headaches caused by tension/stress, Vicks VapoRub can be a wonderful way to alleviate the pain. Just rub a bit onto your temples and watch as the pressure subsides.
16. soothe sunburns
The cool feeling you get by rubbing on Vicks VapoRub is great for some nice relief from that irritating stinging sensation caused by sunburn. Merely rub some of it on your sunburn and you’ll be feeling better in no time.
17. insect repellant
Rub on a thin layer of Vicks to your skin, and it will repel irritating insects like mosquitoes & gnats. The strong scent will thwart insects from coming for you.
18. prevent skin infections
Burns and other skin wounds can become infected if you don’t use proper safeguards. Apply some Vicks VapoRub to the area to prevent infection.
19. bedtime humidifier
Check that your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using. The humidifier will circulate Vicks VapoRub throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night.
20. treat rosacea
A tiny amount of Vicks VapoRub will help the discomfort & look of rosacea. Apply it nightly before bed for best results.
21. wrangle toenail fungus
Thymol is one of the main ingredients in Vicks VapoRub and is amazing for blocking the growth of fungus because of its antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. Just rub some of it on the bed of your toenail to get rid of the fungus.
22. relieve tennis elbow
Rub your elbow with Vicks until the menthol and camphor starts to soothe the pain. Let your arm rest until the pain has completely subsided.
23. heal burns from cooking
After running the burn in cold water, apply Vicks VapoRub to the injury. The treatment will soothe the sting of the burn.
24. treat bruises
Simply mix a dash of salt into some Vicks VapoRub and apply it onto any bruised areas. It will help breakdown the bruise and your skin will quickly return to normal.
25. Warts be gone
Apply Vicks VapoRub to your wart(s) 2X/day for two weeks. Cover the area with gauze until the wart is gone.
26. treat hemorrhoids
For small, itchy hemorrhoids, apply Vicks on the area & let the menthol cool down the itch.
27. Treat ringworm
If you have ringworm, apply Vicks VapoRub two to three times a day until symptoms subside.
28. Allieviate sore muscles
The menthol in Vicks VapoRub can help improve blood circulation. In order for sore muscles to heal, you need as much blood circulating through them as possible. Simply rub some Vicks on any sore muscles & within a few hours they will start feeling much better. Keep applying it until you’re all better.
29. relieve night coughs
Do you have a cold that’s keeping your awake at night? Rubbing Vicks VapoRub on your feet before bed will provide much needed nighttime cough relief. Apply a generous amount of Vicks all over your feet and cover them with socks for an amazing sleep.
30. heal dry scalp
Treat dry scalp by rubbing Vicks VapoRub into all of the dry areas. Do this after you take a shower or right before you go to bed. The oil from the petroleum and eucalyptus work together as a salve for your scalp.
31. Burn body fat
Apply some Vicks VapoRub mixed with baking soda, camphor, and a little bit of alcohol. Rub this mixture on the area you want to slim down and cover it with plastic wrap. Watch as all of your stubborn fat melts away!
32. Promote hair growth
Use a small amount of Vicks and apply it to your scalp. This not only stimulates blood flow to the scalp. it also kills scalp bacteria. If you feel a tingling sensation – it’s working!
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