Vicks VapoRub has been around for over a hundred years and it is known as one of the best over-the-counter decongestants. Therefore, it has been long used to treat cold, cough, congested nose, chest and throat stiffness, and headaches.
However, it has been recently revealed that Vicks is much more than just a congested chest and that there are many unconventional ways to use this ointment. Check them out!
- Fat Burning Cream
Even though it doesn’t work wonders, Vick VapoRub stimulates the fat burning process in problematic areas, such as legs or abdomen.
It can be very effective at fighting fat accumulation, removing cellulite, and making skin tissue firm. All you have to do is to mix Vicks VapoRub with baking soda, camphor and a little bit of alcohol to prepare the fat burning cream. Apply onto the problematic area and wrap it into black plastic or a clamping strip.
VapoRub contains levomenthol, solid white glass with mint flavor which may lead to rash if used alone. However, it is completely safe when dissolved in Vicks, as it includes eucalyptus oil. Camphor can also have a negative effect if used alone, so it is not recommended to apply it directly onto the skin,
- Vicks VapoRub
- Sodium bicarbonate
Crush the camphor tablet and combine it with the rest of the ingredients to create a paste. Transfer the mixture into a plastic or glass container. Apply the cream in the evening by making circular movements. Then, wrap the area with plastic wrap and leave it on for about half an hour or overnight.
- Removes Warts
Apply Vicks twice daily and cover the wart with gauze and a sock. Although you will feel better in a few days, it is recommended to continue with the treatment for about two weeks in order to eliminate the wart for good.
- Athlete`s Foot
To heal athletes foot apply Vicks twice on a daily basis.
- Relieves Ear Pain
Put some Vicks onto a cotton ball and then place it in the painful ear. Amazingly, you will feel instant relief!
Another option is to warm a garlic clove in the microwave for about ten seconds, put some Vicks on one of the ends of the clove, and place it in the ear.
- Puts off Mosquitoes
Apply some Vaseline on your clothing and skin to keep mosquitoes away.
- Keeps Insects Away
Rub Vicks VapoRub on your neck, inner knees, elbows, and behind your ears. To keep flies away while on a picnic, simply open the Vicks bottle. This trick is very effective and it is eco-friendly as well.
- Sinus Headaches
In case you are experiencing sinus headaches regularly, do this trick a try right away! Apply Vicks under your nose and inhale deeply. The menthol found in Vicks will calm your headache almost instantly.
- Eases Acne
Amazingly, Vicks can help you clean your skin as well! Apply it onto the affected area a couple of times daily and it will dry out you’re acne and soothe the area.
- No More Bruises
Mix Vicks VapoRub with a pinch of salt and apply the mixture on a fresh bruise. This mixture will very effective in getting rid of the bruise quickly.
- Fast Healing of Cuts and Splinters
Apply Vicks on splinters or cuts to accelerate the time of healing as well as to prevent infection.
- Eczema Free
Apply Vicks on the affected area to ease the inflammation and itchiness caused by eczema.
- Stretch Marks
Apply Vicks to reduce the visibility of the terrible stretch marks. The positive results will be visible after two weeks of regular application.
- Alleviates Sore Muscles
Massage the sore muscles with Vicks and then wrap the area with a warm and dry towel. Finally, lie down or lift the sore limb until the pain subdues. Repeat the procedure three times a day.
- Moisturizes the Skin
Rub Vicks VapoRub on your dry skin to supply it with proper hydration.
- Tennis Elbow
In order to get pain relief from tennis elbow, apply Vicks on the affected area. Rub again until the pain subdues. The menthol and camphor will significantly ease the pain.
- Treats Cracked Heels
Apply some Vicks on your feet and put on your socks. Wash the feet with warm water the next morning. Exfoliate the softened skin with pumice skin at the end. Make sure you repeat this procedure every night to keep your feet smooth.
- Fingernail or Toenail Fungus
Apply Vicks on the infected toenail and put on your socks. Make sure you trim your nails until your remove the infected part for good. Repeat the procedure twice a day.
- Prevent Your Pet`s Peeing
Place an open bottle of Vicks around the house to avoid your pet`s peeing on the rug or any other area of the house.
- Prevent Your Cat`s Scratching
Rub some Vicks to your windows, walls, and doors to stop your cat`s scratching.
- Reek-free Racehorses
Professional racers rub Vicks below the nostrils of racehorses to prevent stench of the female pony and to keep them focused on the race.
- Relieve Congestion Symptoms and Cold
Last but not least, Vicks effectively relieves congestion symptoms. Due to this, apply Vicks on your chest and throat.