21 Unexpected Uses for Vicks VapoRub
Vicks VapoRub is one of the widely used homemade remedies to reduce belly fat and get rid of colds. It is also used for a smooth skin, and as a topical analgesic which includes eucalyptus, menthol, camphor, and other ingredients in a petroleum base.
Vicks VapoRub has also been used for relieving coughs, headaches, throat stuffiness, and congested nose.
As you can see, this ointment can be used for various conditions, and in this article, we present 21 Vicks uses that you will find surprising.
1. Mosquitoes Repellent
Apply some Vicks on your skin and clothes to keep mosquitoes away from you.
2. Reduces Sinuses Headaches
Rub some of this ointment right under your nose and take a deep breath. Vicks contains menthol which relieves headaches and colds.
3. Eases Acne
Apply some Vicks on your acne several times a day. It will clean your skin by drying them and soothing the affected area.
4. Keeps Insects Away
Open the Vicks VapoRub bottle to get an excellent Eco-friendly trick to keep flies and mosquitoes away.
5. No More Bruises
To quickly get rid of your fresh bruises, apply some Vicks mixed with a pinch of salt onto them.
6. Soothes Sore Muscles
Massages with this ointment will help you alleviate your sore muscles. After the massage, cover the sore limb with a warm and dry towel and lift it until the pain lowers. Repeat this up to 3 times a day.
Use this ointment to moisturize your skin.
8. Tennis Elbow
The camphor and menthol contained in Vicks will help your pain from tennis elbow disappear. Massage the area until the pain stops.
9. Treats cracked heels
Apply some of this ointment on your heels and feet before going to bed, and put on your socks. The next morning, rinse your feet with warm water. Use a pumice stone to exfoliate the softened skin. Do this every night before bedtime to keep your feet smooth and healthy.
10. Toenail or Fingernail Fungus
Apply some of the ointment on your infected toenail or fingernail and put on your socks. Do this twice a day, and make sure you trim your nails until your toenail/fingernail completely recovers.
11. Relieves Cough and Congestion Symptoms
Just apply some Vicks VapoRub on your chest and throat for a cough and congestion relief.
12. Prevents Your Cat from Scratching
If you are annoyed by your cat scratching your walls, windows, and doors, rub some Vicks on these places, and your cat won’t think of doing that ever again.
13. Fast Healing of Splinters and Cuts
Apply some Vicks on your cut or splinter to hasten the healing process and prevent possible infection.
14. Reek-free Racehorses
To keep racehorses focused on the race and not on the fascinating reek of mares, professional racers rub some of this ointment under the horses’ nostrils.
15. Stretch Marks
Two-week regular treatment with Vicks VapoRub will reduce the visibility of your stretch marks.
16. Prevent Your Pet from Peeing Inside Your Home
Just leave an open Vicks bottle in the areas of your home where you want to prevent your pet from peeing.
17. Treats Eczema
Reduce the inflammation and itchiness of eczema by applying some Vicks VapoRub on the affected area.
18. Relieves Awful Ear Ache
Apply some Vicks in your aching ear using a cotton ball for an instant pain relief. Another option is to apply some of the ointment on one end of a warmed garlic clove (10 seconds in a microwave) and to place the clove in the affected ear.
19. Heals Athlete’s Feet
Rub Vicks two times a day to heal your athlete’s feet.
20. Removes Warts
Apply some of this ointment on your warts, and cover the place with gauze and sock. Do this twice a day for 2 weeks, until the wart is completely gone.
21. Fat Burning Cream
Vicks can help you reduce your fat and cellulite, especially in your stomach and legs area when combined with camphor, baking soda, and a bit alcohol. Apply the obtained cream in the desired area and cover with a black plastic strip. Do this at home, work, or before your exercises.
Vicks contains a solid white glass with a mint flavor called levomenthol which shouldn’t be used alone since it can cause rash. However, this ointment is safe thanks to the eucalyptus oil in its content. Camphor is also dangerous if used directly. Therefore, use it only in commercial product packaging.
Vicks VapoRubn Home Remedy
- Camphor (squeezed)
- Vicks VapoRub
- Sodium bicarbonate
Make a paste from the listed ingredients, and store it in a glass or plastic container. Apply the paste with circular movements before going to bed, cover it with a plastic wrap and allow it to stay for half an hour or overnight.