11 Health Benefits You Reap By Using Vicks VapoRub

Vicks VapoRub is a common over-the-counter medication brand that most of us are familiar with. Vicks has brought many of us relief during a bad cold or when we suffer from a particularly stuffy nose. 

Here are some less common uses for VapoRub that many people swear by. They aren’t conventional approaches,  methods from potty-training pets to fighting acne, are seemingly unusual uses for VapoRub, but are definitely worth trying out for yourself.

Relieve Migraines

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The next time your head or temples are throbbing, try rubbing some VapoRub on your forehead. The menthol will help to alleviate the pressure in your head.

Remedy Colds

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Traditionally, people have rubbed VapoRub on their chests and backs to relieve symptoms of a cold. Some people, however, insist that applying VapoRub on the feet is even more effective. Just encase your feet in a pair of socks after the application, and you should feel better overnight.

Potty-Training Pets

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Generally, cats and dogs are quite averse to the smell of VapoRub, and will avoid an open jar of the product. That’s why vets will recommend that you put an open jar of VapoRub in problem areas around the house – wherever your pets tend to go to the bathroom. Just make sure to consult a vet first in case your pet has an adverse reaction to the product.

Repelling Bugs

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VapoRub is a fantastic alternative to using chemical-ridden sprays to repel insects. Simply rub it on any exposed areas of skin to deter bites during your next outdoor excursion. Additionally, you can also position opened jars of VapoRub around any eating areas so that you can enjoy an outdoor meal without the hindrance of flies.

Easing Muscle Pain

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The medicinal properties of the menthol contained within VapoRub is known to help with the relaxation of muscle tissue. It can increase circulation and provide aching and overworked muscles with the relief that it needs.

Fighting Acne

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Most of us have been plagued with acne at one time or another. For some, it is a constant, chronic battle with these blemishes. VapoRub has been demonstrated to effectively fight against any kind of acne, including cystic acne. Simply apply some VapoRub on problem areas before bed, and your skin should be cleared up by morning.

Combatting Toenail Fungus

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With the warmer weather finally settling in, many people are looking forward to wearing flip-flops and open-toed shoes again. However, some individuals may hesitate to do so if they are suffering from having toenail fungus. It is believed that VapoRub can help kill the fungus and eliminate the discoloration that often accompanies this problem. Livestrong.com advises to “work the medicated Vicks salve into your infected toenails and the surrounding nail bed” and to “let your feet breathe uncovered.”

Deterring Cat Scratches

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Similar to the potty-training technique, you can use cats’ aversion to VapoRub to discourage them from scratching up furniture and people. Simply rub a small amount of VapoRub on any problem areas around the house – or on your arms and legs – and your kitty will likely stay away from those places. Don’t forget to ensure that your cat will not have any negative reactions to the VapoRub beforehand.

Relieving Earaches

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Earaches can plague any of us from time to time. For relief of a mild earache, try applying a small amount of VapoRub on a cotton ball, then put it in your ear. Leave it in for a few hours, and repeat this several times throughout the day.

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Keep in mind, however, that this can help alleviate the pain but will not combat against an ear infection. So, if the pain persists, make sure that you consult a medical professional.

Removing Ticks

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If you’ve ever had the misfortune of having a tick latch onto your skin, then you know how painful and tedious it is to remove one of these pests. Like cats and dogs, ticks are not a fan of VapoRub. So, if you find yourself with one of these pesky bugs on your skin, try applying VapoRub around the area immediately. The potent smell of the VapoRub may potentially get the tick to release its hold on you, which sure sounds a lot less painful than trying to pry it off. Make sure that you see a doctor immediately after, as a tick bite could subsequently result in Lyme disease. You can never be too careful!

Eliminating Stretch Marks

Because VapoRub contains menthol and other natural oil ingredients, it makes for a safe and effective way to heal stretch marks on skin. “It really helps to accelerate not only the toning down of the bright colors of the stretch mark, but it helps finally have them fade, and usually heals them up totally,” says Dr. Doug Willen.


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