Vicks VapoRub has the ability to do much more than just treat health related issues such as congested nose, cold, cough, headache and chest and throat stiffiness.
This remedy has been used for hundreds of years because it is probably the best decongestant available on the market. Besides the usual uses such as threating common cold symptoms there are many other ways you can use Vicks VapoRub.
These are the 21 most unusual ways to use Vicks.
- Mosquito repellent
Keep mosquitoes away from you by applying some Vicks on your clothes.
- Sinus headaches
You can relieve sinus headaches by applying Vicks under the nose and then inhale deeply. Vicks contains menthol that is excellent for treating headaches.
- Treat acne
In case you have a breakout apply some Vicks on the affected area a couple of times a day. This way the inflammation will reduce and the acne will dry out.
- Repel insects
To prevent insect bites apply some Vicks behind your ears, on your neck, elbows and inner knees. This is the best eco-friendly trick that you can use to keep insects away while on a picnic. Just open the Vicks bottle and place it near you.
- Heal bruises
To heal a bruise quickly, apply a mixture of Vicks and salt directly on the affected area.
- Relief for sore muscles
In case you are feeling muscle pain, massage the muscles with Vicks and cover them with a dry towel. Then try to rest until the pain reduces with the sore limb slightly lifted. You should repeat this 3 times a day.
- Skin moisturizer
Vicks provides amazing effects for dry skin as it moisturizes it very deeply.
- Tennis elbow
Vicks contains menthol and camphor which are very efficient for relieving tennis elbow pain. Rub some of it on the elbow and the pain will quickly reduce.
- Cracked heels
As we already mentioned Vicks is excellent moisturizer for dry skin. To treat cracked heels apply Vicks on your feet and heels before going to bed and then put on socks. You should keep the socks on overnight. The next morning wash your feet with water and then exfoliate them using a pumice stone. To keep your heels smooth and healthy repeat this procedure every night.
- Nail fungus
Vicks can also help treat toenail and fingernail fungus. Apply directly on the affected nails and then put on socks. Trim the nails until the infected part is completely removed.
- Relieve cough symptoms and congestion
Apply Vicks directly on your chest and throat.
- Prevent your cat from scratching
If you are keeping a cat in your home you can prevent it from scratching your furniture and doors by applying some Vicks on the places the cat usually scratches.
- Heal cuts and splinters faster
Prevent infection and speed up the healing process of splinters and cuts by applying Vicks on them.
- Reek-free racehorses
Professional racers apply Vicks below the nostrils of racehorses to stop the unwanted odor from spreading so that they can stay focused on the race.
- Stretch marks
You can also reduce your stretch marks by applying Vicks directly on them. After two weeks of regular application you will start noticing the amazing results.
- Prevent your pet from peeing inside
If your pet has a favorite place for peeing and you want to keep it away from it, place an open bottle of Vicks.
Reduce itching and inflammation caused by eczema by applying some Vicks on the affected area.
- Relieve ear pain
For an instant relief, apply some Vicks on a cotton ball and then place it in the painful ear.
Another way to relieve ear pain is by microwaving a garlic clove for 10 seconds and then applying some Vicks on it. Rub the Vaseline on the ends of the clove and then put it in your ear.
- Athlete’s feet
Apply Vicks twice a day to heal athlete’s feet.
- Remove warts
Apply Vicks on your warts twice a day and then cover them with a sock. You will notice improvement in a few days; however you should repeat the procedure for about 2 weeks or until the wart completely disappears.
- Fat burning cream
Vicks VapoRub can help you remove the unwanted fat and finally get the figure you always wanted. This remedy stimulates the fat burning process and also helps reduce fat accumulated in the problematic areas. Also, Vicks helps you tighten your skin tissue and remove cellulite. To prepare the fat burning cream, mix Vicks with camphor, baking soda and some alcohol. Apply the mixture on the affected areas and then wrap them using clamping strip or black plastic. This procedure can be performed whenever you find it convenient: before you exercise, while you are at home or at work.
Levomenthol is an ingredient in Vicks that has a mint flavor and can cause rash if used alone. However, it is safe to use when dissolved in Vicks.
Camphor should also be only used in commercial product packaging because if applied directly it can have negative effects on the skin.
Along with this home remedy you should also follow a balanced diet plan and exercise in order to have even better results.
- Vicks VapoRub
- Sodium bicarbonate
Preparation and use:
First crash the camphor tablet and then mix it with all the other ingredients until you create a paste. Put the paste in a container. You should apply it at night using circular motions. Cover the area with plastic wrap and leave it on for half an hour or overnight.