As far as over-the-counter medicine is considered, Vicks VapoRub is a bit of a traditional pick. Possibly because compared from other types of nonprescription treatments, it functions differently. These days, medicines are usually enclosed in pills or in tablets. While on the other hand, Vicks treats your sickness with vapors.
Vicks’ main ingredients are menthol, camphor, and eucalyptus oil. These three major content once breathed in, relieves coughing and congestion. Additionally, Vicks can also be a good topical analgesic.
But did you know about Vicks’ other uses aside from this fairly common knowledge? Here are some of them.
For quick pain relief for normal headaches, just apply some Vicks to your temples. An ointment under your nose is all you need if you're suffering from a sinus headache. Then breathe in deeply and slowly.
2. Muscle aches
Just massage Vicks over the muscles that ache. For a while, wrap them in a dry, warm towel.
3. Soothe earaches
Aside from being a symptom of an ear infection, earache can also be an effect of a common cold. It would cause a pain that can make your daily activities harder, such as going to sleep. For this, you can simply rub a little Vicks on a cotton ball then place it overnight in the ear. Do this until the pain subsides.
4. Toenail fungus
Rub VapoRub two to three times a day on the infected toenails. Do this as long as it is needed
5. Cracked heels
Apply Vicks on the balls and heels of your feet. Massage it on the damaged areas. The best time to apply this is in the evening. Then, put your socks on before you sleep. Using warm water, rinse off the product the next morning. Exfoliate using a pumice stone.
6. Repel bugs
In order to scare bugs away, apply a light amount of Vicks to your skin or on your clothing. But, if you were bitten by bugs, rub some ointment on the affected area in order to help get rid of itchiness.
7. Keep animals at bay
In order to keep your curtains, couch, and doors, scratch-free; dab them with Vicks. Cats will stay away from your furniture.
8. Heal bruises and minor cuts
Applying salt and a thin layer of Vicks to your bruises helps dissolve bruise mark in a shorter period of time. This is because the combination helps blood circulate faster. You may also rub a small amount of the ointment around the cuts in order to improve healing. However, it must not be applied directly to damaged skin and open wounds.