Vicks VapoRub has been used for over a century, and there is a bottle of the product in every household. It was initially used as a home remedy for colds and flu in the early 20th century. Proctor & Gamble released it on the market in the 1980s, and Vicks VapoRub made its way to every home.
In addition to the menthol and camphor content, producers add thyme, eucalyptus and nutmeg oil. Vicks VapoRub has the power to cool and heal at the same time. These ingredients are usually used to relieve pain, reduce itchiness, fight fungi, boost circulation and heal acne.
Vicks VapoRub can be used for almost everything ranging from coughs to stretch marks. The salve is so versatile and offers numerous benefits, and we all know someone who uses it to treat a specific health problem.
Believe it or not, Vicks VapoRub is one of the greatest over-the-counter remedies you will ever use. We give you some of its uses, and now is the time to get a bottle in case you do not have any of that.
It is time to heal your acne. Vicks VapoRub is an excellent antiseptic and skin-soothing agent. Apply a tiny bit of the salve on your pimple, and it will dry out in no time.
Sinus headaches are the worst. Inhale the vapors of this rub to clear sinuses. It is that simple. All you have to do is apply a small amount of Vicks VapoRub under your nose. If your headache has nothing to do with sinuses, apply some of the rub on your temples and massage gently. In this way you will relieve some of the pressure and the tension caused by your headache.
3. Nail fungus
Some of the ingredients in Vicks VapoRub provide an antifungal effect, meaning they can help you get rid of the ugly fungi on your toes. Apply some of the rub on your toes and nails, and let the magic begin. Put on your cotton socks, and let Vicks VapoRub do its thing.
4. Stretch marks/Cellulite
People actually swear on the efficacy of Vicks VapoRub when it comes to erasing stretch marks or breaking down cellulite. Massage affected areas with this rub regularly, and it will work like crazy.
5. Itch and stings
Mosquitoes are ugly and stubborn. The same applies to every insect that bites you or every plant that gives you an itch. Vicks VapoRub can relieve your itch or sting. It works against mites, too.
6. Dry feet
There is nothing sexy about dry and cracked feet. You are probably convinced that you have tried everything, but we can bet you have not tried Vicks VapoRub. Apply some of the rub on your soles, and out on your cotton socks. Go to bed, and wash your feet in the morning.
Mint is one of the greatest solutions for those dealing with nausea. Rub a tiny amount of the VapoRub under your nose or do a facial steam. It will give you an instant relief, and you will feel much better.
Some do not even think of applying cooling salves on their burns, but Vicks VapoRub is different. Camphor in the salve soothes burns and numbs the area. So, feel free to use it next time you burn your hand or any other part of your body.
9. Creaky doors
You do not have to buy a new door. Just apply some of the salve, and enjoy the smooth sailing of your door.
10. Shower bombs
These are great for those who like using shower bombs. You will no longer have to use the humidifier to relieve your congestion. Place the bombs on your shower floor, and enjoy the scented steam.
This was one of the very first uses of Vicks VapoRub. It was even listed in an ad from the 1920s. Camphor and menthol stimulate circulation, and your bruises will disappear faster. Rub some of the rub on your skin, and watch the bruise fade away.
There is no scientific research on these uses, so be careful when using this. Apply it on a small area first, just to make sure it works for your skin. If your body is fine with the salve, feel free to use it for everything.
Source: Latina Magazine
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