8 alternative uses for vicks vaporub


Vicks VapoRub is an institution as far as over-the-counter medicine is considered, possibly because it works very differently from other types of nonprescription treatments. While medications these days are usually found in effervescent pills or tablets, Vicks treats your ailments with vapors. EHow's Bridie Cavanaugh says camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol - the three most important ingredients in Vicks - relieve congestion and coughs when inhaled. The product also works as a good topical analgesic for other problems.


All this is fairly common knowledge, but did you know about Vicks' other beneficial properties? There are lots of home remedies available for different types of problems, including a refreshing, strong-smelling ointment. Here are just a few of them:


1. Headache

 For a standard headache, AnswersVideo (in the video below) suggests applying some Vicks to your temples for fast pain relief. If you suffer from a sinus headache instead, Livestrong recommends applying an ointment under your nose and breathing slowly and deeply.


2. Muscle pain

Massage Vicks into the muscle that is causing the pain, then wrap it in a dry, warm towel for a while, according to LiveStrong.


3. Calm ear pain

An earache can be a symptom of an ear infection, but it can also be a result of the common cold, WebMD says. Even while following the care recommended by a doctor to fight the cause, the pain can make daily activities difficult, especially sleeping . You only need to rub a little cotton on a piece of cotton and place it in the ear overnight or until the pain subsides.


4. Toenail fungus

Toenails affected by VapoRub should be scrubbed two to three times daily for as long as needed, according to eHow reports.


5. Cracked heels

Apply Vicks to your heels and the balls of your feet, then rub it on the affected areas. Do this at night, then sleep in socks. Lifestrong suggests rinsing the product with warm water the next morning and scrubbing it with a pumice stone.


6. Repel bugs

Answers The video suggests applying light amounts of Vicks to clothing and skin to scare off insects. If you get bitten anyway, try rubbing some ointment on the spot to relieve the itch.


7. Keep animals away

Cats will move away from wet fix furniture, which helps you keep your sofa, doors, and curtains free from scratches.


8. Heal bruises and minor wounds

Apply a thin layer of ficks and salt to the bruises. This mixture will help the blood circulate faster and dissolve the bruise mark in shorter periods of time, according to Livestrong. Answers The video also suggests rubbing ointment around small wounds to improve healing. However, eHow cautions against applying the product to open wounds and damaged skin, so be careful with this product.

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