Discover These 10 Amazing Ways to Use Vicks VapoRub

Vicks VapoRub is a very versatile ointment, not just an ointment used as a decongestant. People usually apply it onto the chest area to alleviate the symptoms of a cold, especially coughing. However, this ointment has so many other beneficial uses like treating cracked heels, aching muscles, and removing warts.

Why Is Vicks so Beneficial?

This is due to the mixture of menthol, eucalyptus, camphor, and turpentine oil which has microbial, septic, and inflammatory properties. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best uses of Vicks that you may not have been aware of. Let’s take a look:

Relieves cough

Vicks dissolves the mucus and eases its removal from the body. Camphor, turpentine oil, and eucalyptus oil are very potent in treating throat pain, but serious cough symptoms as well. Rub some Vicks onto the feet and put on woolen socks and wear them overnight. In the morning, the coughing will reduce.

Treats nasal congestion

Vicks lowers the sinus congestion by reducing and clearing up the swelling. Rub it onto the chest, throat, and forehead before bed and cover the rubbed area with a cloth or a towel. Repeat the procedure every night until you’re no longer congested. Another way to use it is to melt some Vicks in hot water and place a towel over the head, lean toward the steam, and inhale it. This method can unclog a blocked nose as well.

Treats cold sores

Vicks possesses antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial characteristics so it’s a great remedy for cold sores. Apply some onto the sore and leave it to dry and it will lower the discomfort. Repeat the same procedure after couple of hours. If you feel a future sore coming up, feel free to apply it onto the affected area to prevent the sore from turning into a blister.

Treats nail fungus

Apply some Vicks onto the affected nail which has been cleaned and dried. Next, cover it with a bandage and wrap it with gauze or a sock. Leave it for 4 hours and then apply some more Vicks. Repeat the procedure three times per day for one month. When a new, healthy nail begins to grow, trim off the darkened nail.

Treats cracked heels

Vicks has ingredients that moisturize the skin and maintain the heels smoother and softer. Apply Vicks onto the heels and put on sock. Wear them overnight and in the morning, take off the socks and rinse the feet with warm water and exfoliate the cracked area with a pumice stone. Repeat the procedure until the area heels completely.

Alleviates discomfort from insect bites

Apply some Vicks onto the bite to prevent itching and discomfort. Vicks can also be a great insect repellent. Therefore, the next time you go for a walk outdoors, apply some Vicks onto your exposed body parts or take an open jar of Vicks with you. The scent will keep insects away.

Removes warts

The active ingredients in Vicks destroy the virus causing warts. Before applying it, make sure to that the wart area is completely dry. Apply it before bed. Repeat the procedure regularly until the wart dries and falls off.

Treats headaches and sore muscles

Vicks is known to increase the blood circulation in the head and body by increasing the temperature in those areas. Sore muscles can also be treated with Vicks. Also, if you have a headache caused by sinus congestion, massage some Vicks onto the painful area before going to bed. In the morning, the pain should disappear. If it’s still persists, repeat the procedure once more.

Heals chapped lips

Vicks speeds up the heeling process of chapped lips and it also softens them. Apply some onto the lips and leave it overnight. In the morning, rinse the mouth.

Removes unpleasant smells

Chores like taking out the trash, changing a diaper, or cleaning up after a pet can be very unpleasant due to the foul odor.  However, you no longer have to hold your breath when doing these tasks. You just need to apply some Vicks under the nose to block foul smells and maintain the nose distracted from the smell. Make sure Vicks doesn’t enter the nostrils.

Additional uses of Vicks

  • It can lower the visibility of stretch marks thanks to its anti-inflammatory characteristics
  • It can remove acne and relieve the pain and swelling
  • It can prevent pets from scratching furniture; just apply some Vicks onto the couch, cabinets, tiles, etc.