Vicks VapoRub has been around for over 100 years. There aren’t many people who know what it’s supposed to be used for. It’s advertised as a cream for your chest to relieve cold-like symptoms or to put on aching muscles. We’ve found Vicks VapoRub can be used for so much more.
The ointment comes in two types: Regular and Lemon. The active ingredients in both is the same. Vicks VapoRub uses a mixture of camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol to create a cream that has stood the test of time and serves so many purposes.
What can you do with a tub of Vicks VapoRub? We have the answer with this list of eight very surprising ways to use it in your everyday life. Get ready, because you too will be reaching in the back of your cabinet and finally get some use of the ointment that you’ve always ignored.
1. Diminish Acne Or Pimples
If you rub Vicks on troublesome spots on your skin, you can greatly reduce the effect of acne or pimples.
2. Cleaning Fingernails
Nails are a common source of infection, but if you rub your fingertips in Vicks you can fight off any fungus that might be lurking. Your toenails can be protected too by rubbing Vicks inside your socks.
3. Insect Repellant
One of Vicks’ ingredients is cedar leaf oil, a natural insect repellant. Put some on your clothes, furniture, or any place you want to keep insects out of.
4. Muscle Relief
Did you pull a muscle while working out? Just rub some Vicks on the sore spot and relief will be on the way.
5. Heal Small Cuts
Menthol is a powerful antiseptic. When you place Vicks on cuts or splinters it will help diminish the risk of infection.
6. Cracked Heels
One way to get rid of cracked heels is by placing some Vicks on your feet before you go to bed. Vicks will keep your feet moisturized and back to feeling normal in no time.
7. Soothe Burns
Vicks can help soothe the pain of minor burns. If it’s anything more than a small wound, contact your doctor.
8. Tennis Elbow
Vicks can help with the pain if you rub some on your tennis elbow or the sore parts of your arm.
If you are interested in more potential uses of Vicks VapoRub, Youtube user JewelsyCakes put together a very helpful video with plenty of unique suggestions. You can watch it below:
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