The legendary Vicks VapoRub gel has been used to treat colds and chest congestion for decades. However, did you know that it can also get rid of belly fat and make your skin smooth and soft? Yes, the ointment has many different uses which you were probably not aware of. Here are 20 amazing uses of Vicks:
- Repels mosquitoes
Apply a little VapoRub on your clothes and skin to keep mosquitoes away.
- Sinus headaches
If you’re suffering from sinus headaches, apply some VapoRub under your nose and inhale deeply. The menthol content will relieve your headaches instantly.
- Treats acne
VapoRub can clean your skin of acne – just apply it on the affected areas a couple of times a day and it will dry out the acne and soothe the affected area.
- Keeps insects away
Similar to mosquitoes, VapoRub can keep insects away. Rub it on your neck, inner knees, elbows and behind your ears and if you’re on a picnic trying to keep flies away from your food, open a bottle of Vicks nearby and your problem will be quickly solved.
- Eliminates bruises
Apply a mixture of VapoRub and some salt on a fresh bruise and it will disappear quickly.
- Alleviates sore muscles
Massage your sore muscles with VapoRub then cover them with a warm towel. Lie down until the pain goes away, and repeat the process three times a day.
- Moisturizes your skin
VapoRub can moisturize your dry skin – rub some of it on the affected area and you will be amazed by the results!
- Tennis elbow
VapoRub can easily reduce the pain caused by this condition if you rub some of it on the affected area.
- Treats cracked heels
Apply some VapoRub on your feet and heels than put on your socks before going to bed. In the morning, wash your feet well and exfoliate your skin with a pumice stone. Repeat the process every night before going to bed to keep your feet smooth and healthy.
- Treats fingernail or toenail fungus
Apply some of the ointment on the infected nails and put on a pair of socks socks. Make sure your trim your nails regularly in order to remove the infected part.
- Relieves chest congestion and cough
To relieve these symptoms, rub some VapoRub on your throat and chest.
- Prevents cat scratches
If you want to stop your cat from scratching things at your home, rub some VapoRub on the windows, doors and walls.
- Fast healing of cuts and splinters
Apply the ointment on cuts and splinters to accelerate the healing and prevent infections.
- Reek-free racehorses
Professional racers usually put VapoRub under the racehorses’ nostrils before races which prevents the horses from enjoying the stench of the female ponies and keeps them focused on the race.
- Stretch marks
If you want to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks, apply some VapoRub on the affected area and you notice the improvements in only two weeks.
- Prevent your pet from peeing in your house
To avoid your pet peeing in your house, place an open bottle of Vicks in the area.
- Eczema remedy
Applying VapoRub on your skin will relieve the itchiness and inflammation caused by eczema.
- Relieves ear pain
Apply VapoRub on a cotton ball and put it in the painful ear – you will notice the pain reducing almost instantly. Another option is to warm a garlic clove in the microwave for 10 seconds, then apply the ointment on the end of it and insert the clove in your ear.
- Athlete’s foot
VapoRub can easily deal with this infectious condition.
- Removes warts
Apply VapoRub twice a day on your warts and cover the area with a sock or gauze. The results will be visible in just a few days, but you should continue doing the treatment for two weeks for best results.
- Fat burning cream
As we mentioned previously, VapoRub can also help you reduce fat. It can prevent fat accumulation in the critical zones and remove cellulite. Mix some Vicks with baking soda, camphor and a bit of alcohol, then apply the cream on the affected areas and cover with plastic wrap. The method can be done at home or while you’re at work.
VapoRub contains levomenthol and camphor, ingredients which are dangerous on their own, but safe to use in VapoRub.
Vicks home remedy
Squeeze the camphor and mix it with the other ingredients until you get a paste. Put the paste in a container, and apply it on the affected areas every night before going to bed. Cover the area with plastic wrap in the end and leave it to work for 30 minutes, or overnight for best results.