15 Ways To Use VapoRub That Aren’t What It Was Made For

Vicks VapoRub is something we all possess in the medicine cabinet, and this cooling cream is most often used as a way to relieve aches and pains. However, it can serve hundreds of other purposes as well, as follows:

1. Fades Stretch Marks And Wrinkles

Massage the cream on the areas affected by stretch marks once daily, and in a few weeks, they will disappear.

2. Heals Bruises

Mix VapoRub with a little bit of salt, and massage the bruised skin. 

3. Treats headaches

Rub some Vicks on the temples and forehead for a minute, and the cooling sensation will relax you and soothe the pain. Apply it, turn off the lights, put a towel on the forehead, and relax for half an hour.

4. Removes Acne

At bedtime, apply some Vicks on the acne and pimples, and in the morning, wash the face. Repeat until the acne is completely gone.

5. Treats toenail fungus

Apply Vicks on the nail and put on a clean sock. Repeat until the nail grows, and then clip it.

6. Lubricates door hinges

To stop the door from squeaking, just lubricate the hinges with this ointment.

7. Eases Earaches

Apply some Vicks on a cotton ball and place it in the painful ear. Leave it for a few hours to treat the pain or a possible infection.

8. Humidifies the air in your home

Add just a little bit of Vicks in the humidifier to freshen up the air.

9. Trains Pets

As cats and dogs detest its smell, leave some VapoRub in places they visit to potty train them.

10. Foot Care

Rub some Vicks VapoRub on the cracked heels at bedtime, and in the morning, wash the feet with cold water. Scrub away the dead skin, and then moisturize.

11. Relieves sore muscles

Apply it on the sore muscles, and massage for a few minutes, to relieve the pain.

12. Repels Insects

Insects hate the strong smell of Vicks, so apply it on the body to prevent insect bites and soothe the itch.

13. Gets Rid Of Fat 

Mix it with baking soda, a bit of alcohol, and camphor, and you will get a fat-burning cream that will help you eliminate fatty deposits from the belly and upper arm area.

14. Makes You Cry

Sometimes, it is useful to cry out something stuck in the eyes, like a grain of sand, or dust. Just put a little bit of VapoRub under the eyes and the tears will start falling.

15. Heals Cuts Faster

The menthol in Vicks will help you heal cuts, scrapes, and wounds faster.

Before you start using it, Kristina Duda, RN, gives the following guidelines:

“Vicks VapoRub is made up of camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oil. Camphor is poisonous when ingested. It can cause seizures or death even when just a few teaspoonfuls are swallowed. While most people don’t spoon feed Vicks VapoRub to their children, it can be toxic even when absorbed through the skin or mucous membranes.

Vicks VapoRub should never be used on children under 2 years old (this is clearly stated on the package but many people ignore the warning). In children and adults older than 2, it should only be used on the chest — never directly under the nose.

Cases have been reported and studies have proven that putting Vicks VapoRub directly under the nose can lead to respiratory distress or difficulty breathing. That’s right. The very substance you are using to try to make it easier to breathe can actually make it more difficult. Although you may think the risk is minimal, there are reasons that this product contains the warning that it does. “

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