Vicks VapoRub is a popular household item like many others, but many people think that it only serves as a treatment for congestion caused by the common cold. You will see the label on the container, which shows how you can rub it on your chest or even on your humidifier. But what people don’t know is that the little bottle made from eucalyptus oil, menthol, camphor, and other calming agents serves more than one purpose. It has many more.
Once you see all the uses that Vicks VapoRub has, you will realize that the small jar won’t cut it and you won’t be surprised to have the urge to buy bulk items at your local Costco. About the tricks …
Relieve Sore Muscles
Hack: relieve sore muscles
This is one of the uses listed in the article itself, but it’s almost a forgotten use due to Vicks being advertised as a savior from the common cold. The truth is that it can also be used to relieve muscle aches.
Vicks menthol not only gives the skin a refreshing freshness but also helps improve blood circulation. If you feel sore, take some Vicks and rub them on the areas that particularly hurt. It should provide relief and comfort to those areas. You may even want to keep an extra jar in your gym bag. Going to the gym can be painful, so this will help.
Use it to Train Your Pets
Hack: Use Vicks to train your pet not to make it in the house.
If your cat or dog is in the habit of marking their territory around the house, you can use Vicks VapoRub as a means of training them. You need to take an open container of Vicks VapoRub and place it in an area where your pet often leaves its mark (and most of the time it is in the same few areas).
The strong aroma of the product will affect them by dissuading them from doing it again in that area. It is truly an excellent gentle teaching method compared to other home training approaches. And as a bonus, your home will have this camphor scent!
A Form of Antiseptic
Hack: Use Vicks as an antiseptic on wounds.
This is a hack that can be used as an alternative to Neosporin, or whatever you normally use on a cut or scrape. Maybe you ran out of tubes considering your kids scrape their knees and elbows every day. In that case, Vicks is quite useful.
If you cut yourself and can’t find or run out of Neosporin antiseptic cream, you can use VapoRub instead. Spread a thin layer around the injured area (either a splinter or a cut) to help speed up the healing process. It also has the added benefit of protecting against germs and bacteria. It will burn for a moment, but it should go away quickly.
Hack: Use the VapoRub as a shower bomb.
You may have heard of bath bombs before, but shower bombs are a great way to relax during your next shower. There are even products called “shower discs” that contain Vicks VapoRub that you can purchase with your next purchase.
What do you do? Well, after you put the item in the shower, the steam will gradually dissolve into the steamy air. The steam combined with the steam from the shower will instantly clear any clogged sinuses that you may have been suffering from and leave you with an overall uplifting scent. Test it! Trust me, it will change your showering experience.
See how Vicks can be used as skincare, next!
An Alternative to Skin Moisturizer
Hack: Use Vicks as a moisturizer.
The thing that most people probably never thought of when using Vicks VapoRub is that it can be used as a skin moisturizer, and it’s great. It works especially well on very dry or chapped skin.
VapoRub will restore moisture to your dry, chapped skin. Not just on your face, but even on your hands and feet. Winter can take a toll on our skin, and this is a great way to stay hydrated and smell like fresh mint too.
Plus, the cooling sensation feels so much better than regular skin moisturizers. And when you add the benefit of increasing your blood circulation, it makes it that much better.
Healing Cooking Burns
Hack: Heal small cooking burns with Vicks.
We’ve all been there, we think we’re the next Rachel Ray or Jamie Oliver in the kitchen. We move fast with a hundred things happening at once – the burners are busy and it’s messy. And oh great! We burn. But, first things first, as you learned when you were little, you must put the burn under some cold water.
Let it cool down a bit. But then, he takes out a tub of Vicks. And then you can apply Vicks to the burn. It will soothe the sting of the burn and you can once again impress your family with your culinary skills.
Here’s a tip for the itch …
Hack: use Vicks to relieve uncomfortable itchiness
How annoying is it when your skin itches? Scratching only temporarily relieves the itch, and when I say temporarily, I mean a matter of just a few seconds! Itchy skin is just one of those irritating skin conditions to deal with. So considering that the natural reaction to scratching the itch doesn’t work, you’ll need a hack for that.
Put a little VapoRub on bug bites or dry skin, which will help not only to relieve red and itchy skin but also prevent itching. Trying to write, work, and study in class is impossible if you are scratching your skin. So this can help your skin and your productivity tool!
Soothe That Sunburn
Hack: Use the VapoRub to soothe a sunburn.
Hot summers and accompanying sunburns mean we are always red on our shoulders and chest (and even in tanned sunglasses). And that also means that we are always looking for a good remedy for sunburn. It is similar to aloe vera, but not everyone has a tub of aloe vera at home.
But if you have some Vicks, you’re in luck. Like aloe vera, once you rub it on your hot skin, the cool sensation is instantly soothing. Not only will it help redness go away, but it will also make your skin feel fresher.
Did you know that Vicks VapoRub also helps with stretch marks? See how it goes!
Help With Stretch Marks
Hack: Use it to help with unwanted stretch marks.
Stretch marks are a very common problem suffered by both men and women. For women, stretch marks can be particularly bothersome, as they are a common result of pregnancy. But for both men and women, stretch marks are just another sign that our bodies are changing. Whether you have gained or lost weight, or are pregnant, Vicks can help you fight stretch marks.
The ingredients in Vicks, including eucalyptus oil, cedar leaf oil, petroleum jelly, camphor, and oil of turpentine, are blended to help stretched skin feel much smoother and increase moisture. Thus, it will help prevent stretch marks from standing out.
Prevent Skin Infections
Hack: Use it to prevent skin infections
If you don’t take proper precautions when you have a burn or skin wound, that wound can become infected. And once infected, it can take much longer and be more difficult to treat. Not only can it be more difficult, but it can also leave a scar. And that sucks!
So of course any trick that minimizes the headache of dealing with an infection is a good one. And yes, you guessed it, Vicks can help you with that. What to do? Apply some VapoRub directly to the wound to prevent infection.
Vicks can help with acne too! See how on the next slide.
Help Treat Acne
Hack: Treat acne with Vicks
You, your teens, your friends, your coworkers, or anyone else you know could be dealing with acne. It is just one of those uncomfortable skin conditions that no person in the world chooses or wants to have. Come on, who wants acne?
In the very likely event that you or someone you know has pimples, here’s how Vicks can help. Apply VapoRub to your pimples or other blemishes and leave it on overnight. When you wake up in the morning, wash it off and you will see that the stain will be much less prominent. If you find that other remedies are not working for you, it is worth a try!
Check out how Vicks helps with bugs next!
Calming Bug Repellent
Hack: Use Vicks as a bug repellent
When you think about it, if Vicks can deter your pets from scratching furniture and urinating, then it’s no wonder that it can also repel bugs. So if you’re on a camping trip, hanging out with friends at a campfire, fishing with your friends, or just having a barbecue in your backyard, this is a good option.
Apply a thin layer of VapoRub to your exposed skin and it will repel those pesky mosquitoes. It is perfect for camping or traveling in wet areas. The strong scent deters insects and your skin will feel nice and relaxed on your outdoor adventure. That’s a double whammy!
See how Vicks can help bruises, next …
Help Alleviate Bruises
Hack: help heal bruises quicker.
It may be someone whose skin is easily bruised, or it may just be a bruise walking to the chair again. Either way, Vicks can be your friend. In this case, you should also add a little salt.
With a pinch of salt and a little bit of Vicks, rub it into any areas of your skin that are bruised. It will melt the bruise and your skin will return to normal very quickly! And you can repeat the process until the bruise disappears.
Fact about bruises: They form when soft tissues in the body are struck. And when they do, small veins and capillaries (the tiniest blood vessels) under the skin sometimes break. Red blood cells can leave these blood vessels. Red blood cells that accumulate under the skin are what cause that bluish, purplish, reddish, or blackish mark.
Hack: Help relieve the pain of an earache.
Use Vicks VapoRub to stop those painful earaches that happen now and then. What you need to do is put a small amount of VapoRub on a cotton ball and put it in your ear for a few hours. And do it several times during the day, until the pain goes away. It will reduce pain and prevent possible infection. And ear infections are not a fun thing to experience.
Have you ever thought about why your child might repeatedly pull on his or her ear that is sore? It is due to an earache and the pain that accompanies it is usually worse at night. This is when your child is chewing, sucking on a bottle, or lying down because this is when the pressure is worst. In the worst cases, frequent and chronic ear infections can lead to permanent hearing loss.
Hack: help relieve the pain of a headache.
If you or a family member suffer from headaches or even migraines, you know how difficult it can be. Vicks can be a great way to provide much-needed relief. It’s all due to the ingredient menthol. Massage helps cool the temples and relieve pressure. However, if you notice that your headaches are not improving at all, it is advisable to consult with your doctor.
FYI: Headaches are extremely common. Almost everyone has a headache at least occasionally. The most common headache is called a tension-type headache. In most developed countries, tension-type headaches affect more than a third of men and more than 50% of women.
See next how Vicks can be a part of your makeup routine!
Eye Makeup Remover
Hack: Use it for removing makeup
No eye makeup remover? Without worries. Vicks is here once again to save the day. Just make sure to use a small amount. Use a cotton ball or pad to clean the upper eyelids and around the eyes. And avoid wiping it directly on your eyes or lashes because it could sting. If it gets in your eyes, rinse with water or a saline solution.
Random fact about the history of makeup: Queen Victoria (1819-1901) made a public statement that makeup was vulgar and inappropriate due to its connection to prostitutes at the time. The first use of cosmetic prototypes dates back to the ancient Egyptians; many Egyptian tombs contained pots and makeup kits.
Help Burn Some Fat
Hack: try using Vicks as a way to deal with cellulite.
Do you want to get rid of fat and cellulite? I mean come on, who doesn’t? Applying a little VapoRub mixed with camphor, baking soda and a little bit of alcohol can be enough. If you rub this mixture on the area you want to slim down and cover it with plastic wrap, you may see some results. But this is a method that should be done frequently.
I wonder what cellulite is. They are the deposits of normal fat cells in the connective tissue of the skin of the lower abdomen, hips, buttocks, and upper thighs. Cellulite has no symptoms and is not a sign of disease. Cellulite is found in 80% -90% of average adult women.
Hack: Use VapoRub as an alternative to lipstick remover.
Just like it can help remove eye makeup, Vicks can help when you can’t remove the matte lipstick you put on hours ago and the tint is still there. Apply a thin layer of VapoRub to stained lips and let it sit for about 5 minutes before cleaning it completely. Your lips will return to their natural color and will also get the necessary moisture.
Random lipstick fact: 80% of American women wear lipstick regularly, and over 25% won’t leave home without it. Did you know that lipsticks have an expiration date? Storing them in the refrigerator can extend their life. The main ingredients in modern lipsticks are waxes (sometimes natural beeswax), oils, pigments, and emollients.
Relieve Tennis Elbow
Hack: Use Vicks to help ease the pain of the tennis elbow.
If you are a tennis pro or amateur tennis player who likes to hit the court from time to time, you can get a “tennis elbow.” And guess what? Vicks has a solution for you. Massage your elbow with VapoRub until the ingredients, especially camphor and menthol, relieve the pain. But let your armrest for a bit before you swing it out again.
Here is some information about tennis elbow: Tennis elbow usually does not cause serious problems. However, if the condition continues and is not treated, loss of movement or loss of function in the elbow and forearm may develop. So you better pay attention to it.