VapoRub Isn’t Just Meant for Colds. Here Are 11 Clever Ways It Could Improve Your Health


Vicks VapoRub has been a classic that has been around for more than a century and is a staple in many households. What began as a home remedy for fighting the common cold, flu, and other common ailments began to emerge during the early 1900s.

Made with a mixture of menthol, camphor, and other ingredients like thyme, eucalyptus, and nutmeg oils, the ointment cools and soothes at the same time. Individually, these items have specific uses including pain relief, reducing itching, fighting fungus, increasing circulation, and fighting acne.

Fast forward to today, as loyal users of the popular scrub tout everything from coughs to stretch marks. Leave it to the good old-fashioned to find ways to reuse the base product. No wonder that with all the built-in properties of Vicks VapoRub we use it for more than a decongestant.

Probably one of the most popular over-the-counter treatments in the world is sitting in one of your lockers right now. Let's take a look at the list below at some of the smart ways that people use Vicks in their daily lives.

1. A blackhead mutt

Got a whopping oil that everyone swears is staring at? Try placing a small dot of scrubbing on the pimple to dry it out and make it disappear.

2. Headache

If you suffer from a sinus headache, inhaling the fumes can help open your clogged passages. All you have to do is rub a little Vicks under your nose. Another method for a non-sinus headache is to rub a small amount on your temples. It is believed to relieve the stress you can feel from a headache.

3. Nail fungi

Here again, many of the compounds in Vicks ointment are anti-fungal and can work against atypical fungus growth in your nails. Use a cotton swab to apply it to your toes or nails and let it work. Wearing socks to bed helps protect your feet because Vicks does the job.

4. Stretch marks / cellulite

I know you're thinking: "Really? Stretch marks?" While you can search entire processes for the best way to scrub cellulite and stretch marks in a subspace, just try using it as a conditioner or lotion and rub it into the affected areas.

5. Relief from itching and stinging

From poison ivy to bee stings and mosquito bites, grandparents around the world have been stuck with using Vicks to stop the itching and pain from outside encounters. It has also been reported that the moths are doomed to perish if VapoRub is used as a weapon against their attacks. Just rub it in and let those magic ingredients do its job!

6. Feet dried

Spread some VapoRub on the soles of your feet like butter to fight dry, chapped skin. Pay special attention to problem areas, such as the heels. lid your feet wiith cotton steep overnight & washing off ointment in morning utilize warm water.

7. Nausea

The use of peppermint aromatically and internally was a common method of nausea.  The scent of mint / menthol has been heard to soothe troubled stomachs.

8. Burns

Ouch! It hurts when you accidentally touch a hot iron or steam leaks from a boiling pot. Camphor and other ingredients in Vicks have the ability to heal burns and numb the pain they cause.

9. Creaking doors

Attention craftsmen and women: Vicks has been known to treat bumpy doors with a fast slather and patting. 

10. Bath bombs

Instead of inhaling Vicks from your body or through a humidifier, you can make your own "fizz" showers to relieve congestion. Place it on the shower floor and let the hot water dissolve it in steam.

11. Bruises

This is actually one of the uses listed on an old Vicks commercial from the 1920s. Camphor and menthol contain ingredients that aid in blood circulation, which helps bruises to heal faster. Rubbing a some ointment on bruise to aide it heal.

Keep in mind that most of these approaches are not supported by scientific studies, so proceed with caution and caution. As with any home treatment, know when to seek medical attention for your particular problem.