20 Amazing Uses of Vicks VapoRub

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As you may already know, Vicks VapoRub is a mentholated topical ointment which is mostly used for suppression of cold and flu symptoms; however, it has numerous other uses. Namely, people use it to get relief from migraines and to get rid of body fat.

Mosquito repellent

Apply some Vicks onto the exposed areas of the skin and mosquitoes will not come near you.

Treat sinus migraines

Apply some Vicks below the nose and inhale deeply. The menthol will alleviate the discomfort and pain.

Alleviate skin breakouts

Apply it onto acnes or pimples, several times per day. Vicks will dry the breakouts and soothe the inflamed area.

Keep insects at bay

If you’re tired of flying insects in your yard during summer, open up a jar of Vicks and place it on the table or on the porch to prevent insects from coming near you as they cannot stand the smell of menthol present in the Vicks ointment.

Heal wounds

Put a bit of salt in Vicks VapoRub and then apply it to a wound to speed up the healing process.

Alleviate sore muscles

Rub the area with Vicks and cover it with a warm, dry towel. Repeat the procedure three times per day until the soreness diminishes.

Moisturize the skin

Saturate the skin with the help of Vicks VapoRub.

Treat tennis elbow

Apply it onto the painful area by rubbing it in gently. The menthol and camphor will relieve the discomfort and pain.

Treat cracked heels

Apply Vicks onto the heels and then put on socks. Wear them overnight and then in the morning, remove the socks and rinse the feet with warm water. Then, use a pumice stone to scrub the heels gently. This will remove the dead skin and make your heels soft and nourished. For optimal results, repeat this procedure daily.

Treat fingernail and toenail fungus

Apply Vicks onto the affected areas twice per day and put on socks. Make sure to trim the nails until the fungus is removed.

Alleviates cough symptoms

Apply Vicks onto the throat and trunk.

Prevent pets from scratching furniture

Rub Vicks onto your couch, windows, walls, doors, etc. and the pet will stay away and thus, it won’t cause damage by scratching.

Increase the focus of racehorses

Professional horse riders apply Vicks under the nostrils of the stallions so that they don’t get distracted by the female horses and to stay focused on the race.

It removes stretch marks

Apply Vicks onto the affected areas for a period of two weeks.

Prevent pets from peeing inside

Put several open bottles of Vicks to prevent pets from peeing in those areas.

Treat eczema

Apply Vicks onto the affected area to reduce the inflammation, irritation, and redness.

Relieve earache

Apply some Vicks onto a cotton ball and then place it into the painful ear.

Treat Athlete’s foot

Apply Vicks onto the painful area twice per day.

Remove warts

Apply Vicks onto the wart and cover it with a cloth. Repeat this twice per day for two weeks or until the wart dries and falls off.

Reduce body fat

Vicks can be applied to body regions prone to fat like the thighs, hips, belly, and upper arms. To prepare a fat burning cream with Vicks, you will also need camphor, baking soda, and a bit of alcohol. Mix them and apply the cream onto the problematic areas and then wrap it with a black plastic or a clamping strip.

Sources:

THE BON APPETIT and HEALTH TIPS PORTAL

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