How To Use Vicks VapoRub in 11 Unique Ways

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From poison ivy to bee stings and mosquito bites, grandmamas across the world have stuck to using Vicks to stop itching and pain from outdoor encounters. It’s also been reported that mites are doomed if VapoRub is used as weapon against their attacks. Just rub it in and let those magical ingredients do their thing!

Are scaly, ashy looking feet an issue for you? Spread some VapoRub on the soles of your feet like butter to battle cracked, dry skin. Pay special attention to problem areas like the heels. Cover your feet with cotton socks overnight and wash the salve off in the morning using warm water.

The use of mint aromatically and internally has been a popular go-to for nausea. Some people use Vicks by rubbing a small line under their noses or creating a facial steam to inhale. The minty/menthol scent has been heard to quell queasy tummies.

Ouch! It hurts when you touch a hot iron by mistake or steam escapes from a simmering pot. A minor burn can be soothed with VapoRub. Camphor and other elements in Vicks have the ability to heal burns and numb the pain they cause.

Attention handymen and women: Vicks has been known to cure creaky doors with a quick slather and pat. In case you can’t get your hands on oil or WD40, try it and see for yourself.

Instead of inhaling Vicks off of your body or through a humidifier, you can make you very own shower “fizzies” to ease congestion. Place them on the shower floor and allow the hot water to melt them into a vapory steam.

This is actually one of the uses listed on an old Vicks advertisement from the 1920s. Camphor and menthol contain constituents that aid in circulation, which help bruises to heal faster. Rub a little bit of the ointment onto a bruise to aid in healing.

Keep in mind that the majority of these methods aren’t backed by scientific studies, so proceed with diligence and caution. As with any home remedy, know when to seek medical attention for your particular problem. Do you keep VapoRub on hand for multiple uses? What else do you use it for? Tell us in the comments!


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