Vicks VapoRub is a remedy everyone uses for treating cough, cold, congested nose, chest and throat stuffiness, and headaches. But, did you know you can use it for other things as well? Find out which ones by reading this article.
People use Vick VapoRub for over hundred years and it has been considered to be one of the most popular over-the-counter decongestants. Lately, people have started using this ointment in some unconventional ways. It turned out that Vicks can be used as treatment for many more things than just for congested chest.
Here are 21 incredible uses of Vicks you probably have not known.
1. Puts Off Mosquitoes
By applying a little Vicks on your skin and clothing, you will keep the mosquitoes away from you.
2. Sinus Headaches
If you often experience sinus headaches, here is what you should do: apply some Vicks under your nose and inhale deeply. This ointment contains menthol, which will help you ease your headache.
3. Ease Acne
As strange as it may seem to you, you can clean your skin using Vicks. Just apply the ointment on the acne several times a day, and it will dry out the acne and sooth the affected place.
4. Keep Insects Away
Rub some Vicks on your neck, elbows, inner knees and behind your ears and the insects will run away from you. If you go on a picnic and want to keep the flies away, all you have to do is to open a bottle of Vicks. Not only is this trick efficient, it is also eco-friendly.
5. No More Bruises
Mix a pinch of salt with some Vicks VapoRub and apply it on a fresh bruise. Very soon, the bruise will disappear.
6. Alleviate Sore Muscles
Massage your sore muscles using some Vicks VapoRub, and then cover the area with a warm and dry towel. After this, you should either lie down or raise the sore limb, and the pain will significantly decrease. Repeat this procedure three times a day.
7. Moisturize Your Skin
If you deal with dry skin, you can solve this issue using Vicks VapoRub. You just need to rub it on your skin and the results will follow.
8. Tennis Elbow
If you deal with pain from tennis elbow, do not panic, as you can eliminate this pain simply by applying some Vicks on the affected area. The menthol and the camphor from this ointment will aid you relieve the pain. Repeat this until the pain goes away.
9. Treat Cracked Heels
For treating this issue you will need to apply some Vicks onto your feet and heels and then put on socks. The following morning you need to wash your feet using warm water and exfoliate the softened skin with a pumice stone. If you repeat this every evening your feet will be soft and healthy.
10. Fingernail or Toenail Fungus
Applying Vicks on the infected fingernail or toenail twice a day and then putting on socks will help you get rid of this problem. Also, remember to regularly trim your nails until the infected part is completely removed.
11. Relieve Congestion Symptoms and Cough
Rub some Vicks on your throat and chest and you will get rid of these symptoms.
12. Prevent Your Cat’s Scratching
If your cat keeps scratching, you can stop it by rubbing some Vicks onto your doors, walls, and windows.
13. Fast Healing of Cuts and Splinters
If you have cuts or splinters on your skin, apply some Vicks on them and they will heal faster. Plus, by doing this, you will prevent infection.
14. Reek-free Racehorses
Vicks is used by professional racers on race day. Namely, they rub some Vicks under the nostrils of the racehorse, and the horse cannot notice the fascinating stench of the female pony. This keeps the racehorses concentrated on the race.
15. Stretch Marks
If you want to reduce the visibility of the terrible stretch marks, apply some Vicks on the affected places. The results will be noticeable after two weeks of application, if you do it regularly.
16. Prevent Your Pet’s Peeing
If you want to stop your pet from wetting the rug or other areas in your house interior, leave an open bottle of Vicks in those places.
Vicks can help you relieve the inflammation and the itchiness caused by eczema. Just apply it on the affected skin areas.
18. Relieve Terrible Ear Pain
By applying some Vicks on a cotton ball and by putting it in the painful ear, you will relieve the ear pain right away.
Also, you can use warm garlic clove to this end. Just heat the clove in the microwave for about ten seconds, and then apply some Vicks onto one clove end, and then place the clove in your ear.
19. Athlete’s Feet
In order to heal athlete’s feet, just apply some Vicks two times a day.
20. Remove Warts
Apply some Vicks on the wart two times a day and then cover it with some gauze and put on a sock. In several days, you will see improvements. Go on with the same procedure for about two weeks and the wart will soon disappear.
21. Fat Burning Cream
For reducing the localized fat and getting the figure you always wanted, use Vicks VapoRub and it will help you achieve that. Still, remember that Vicks solely cannot make wonders for you, but it will trigger the fat burning in the problematic area, including the legs and the abdomen.
Vicks can help you combat the fat accumulations, eliminate cellulite and make your skin tissue firm. You just need to make a cream using Vicks, baking soda, camphor and a little bit of alcohol. This cream should then be applied on the problematic areas and then those areas need to be covered with clamping strip and black plastic. This method can be practiced while you are at home, at work or before exercising.
Vicks VapoRub contains levomenthol, a firm white glass with mint taste. When used in isolation, this compound can cause rashes, but when dissolved in Vicks, it becomes totally safe. This is due to the presence of eucalyptus oil.
Another substance that can also be harmful to our health when used in isolation is the camphor. This compound can only be used in commercial product packaging, and not directly on the skin.
Moreover, remember that this home remedy needs to be used in combination with a balanced diet and exercising.
- Vicks VapoRub
- Sodium bicarbonate
How to prepare it:
Take an average camphor tablet, crush it and combine it with the rest of the ingredients in order to get a paste. Keep the paste in a glass or plastic container. Every evening you should apply this paste onto the areas you want to treat, making circular movements, and then you should wrap those areas with some plastic wrap and leave it stay on for about half an hour or overnight.
This procedure should be done while you are at home or before exercising.
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