Apparently I’ve Been Using Vicks VapoRub Wrong This Whole Time. Here Are 7 Surprising Uses!

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Vicks VapoRub has been around forever, as a staple to relieve chest congestion and coughing, that brings back childhood memories of our moms taking care of us. While today, the go-to treatments usually come in the form of pills or tablets, Vicks is still in business treating ailments with Vapors.

The most important ingredients in Vicks, that relieve congestion and coughing through breathing in, are Camphor, Eucalyptus Oil and Menthol. Though this is fairly well known, what is not common knowledge is that Vicks lends itself to other home remedies. Perhaps, it is the many unusual uses of Vicks, that has kept it on the shelves of our pharmacies for so many decades.

Some of the suggestions made in the video below, for Vick’s fresh, strong-smelling ointment are for: Relief of common Headaches; pain relief will come quickly when Vicks is applied to your temples. LiveStrong suggests breathing in slowly and deeply after placing Vicks under your nose.

Muscle ache relief can be achieved when Vicks is massaged in, followed by wrapping your muscles in a dry, warm towel, according to LiveStrong.

Toenail fungus can be alleviated by rubbing VapoRub into them, 2-3 times per day; this may be required for a few weeks, and perhaps months to beat the fungus.

Cracked heels are one of the worst parts of the wear and tear of winter. If you put Vicks on the heels and balls of your feet, paying particular attention to the most cracked areas, and then sleep with socks on you are on your way to repair.
eHow suggests that when you awake rinse the Vicks with warm water and use a pumice stone to exfoliate the dead skin.

AnswersVideo tells us that bugs can be repelled by putting a touch of Vicks on your clothing and skin. If for some reason, you are just too sweet for the bugs to resist, use the Vicks to relieve itching.

For all you Cat Lovers, who don’t love having your kitties scratch your furniture, dab on Vicks and they will stay away!

As long as you don’t have an open wound, a mixture of Vicks and salt can be applied, for faster healing. This seems to occur by the combo aiding your blood to circulate more rapidly, which promotes faster healing.

Who knew that Vicks was capable of implementing so many remedies? Not I! The video below will provide you with even more uses for this magical ointment.

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