Vicks VapoRub is a staple for every medicine cabinet everywhere in the world. It's the smell of childhood illnesses and there's something so comforting about the mixture of camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol. It really does help cure congestion very effectively.
However, that's not all there is to Vicks VapoRub, and if all you do is bring it out when you or your family have a cold, we've got some surprises for you (nice surprises). It's a really versatile thing, and you'll be delighted to find out how much more it can do when you know how to use it.
1. It's A Superb Insect Repellent
You don't rub Vicks VapoRub all over your body to use it as an insect repellent. What you do is far simpler -- you leave an open jar of the stuff in the workspace you are in and the insects just get up and leave. It's a great temporary fix until you can get some actual repellent.
2. It Kills Headaches
According to the research, the menthol in Vicks VapoRub is an active ingredient. What it's good for is reducing blood pressure in our heads, apparently. This means that if you rub a little on your forehead, it can soothe away a headache.
3. Keeps Pets Off The Furniture
Cats and dogs love to scratch on furniture, and while you can train them to stop doing this, it can be a long tedious process. There is an easier way. Just smear a little Vicks VapoRub on the surface (make sure it won't stain first) and they'll leave well enough alone.
4. Reduces Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are perfectly natural and represent the fact that our bodies are resilient and pliant, but you don't have to tolerate them if you don't want to, either. Rub Vicks VapoRub into new stretch marks and they should start to become less visible over a few weeks.
5. Gets Earache Under Control
If you have to wait to see your doctor when you have an earache, you can lessen the pain by putting Vicks VapoRub on a ball of cotton and placing it in the ear for as long as needed. However, while this does reduce the pain, it won't treat the illness -- you must still see a doctor.
6. Helps Acne On Your Face
Be careful around your eyes and nose as Vicks VapoRub can sting a bit on mucous membranes, but if you apply a thin film of it to your face just before you sleep, you'll find that your acne is dramatically reduced after just a few days.
7. Can Rid You Of Belly Fat
You have to mix a tablespoon of alcohol, one of baking soda and another with crushed tablet camphor with half a jar of Vicks VapoRub. Then you smear it on and wrap with plastic wrap. Leave on for your workout, then remove and rinse.
8. Reduces Muscle And Back Pain
Vicks VapoRub works a bit like Deep Heat or Bengay and you can use it to relieve a wide range of muscular problems such as back pain. Just rub it into the affected area and leave it to warm through
9. Erases Bruises
We hope that you don't get bruises in the first place but if you do, then you can make them disappear faster using Vicks VapoRub. Gently apply the ointment all over the area which is swollen and you should soon start to see a difference.
10. Keeps Toenail Fungus On The Run
Vicks VapoRub can also act as a handy fungicide. If you're prone to toenail fungus, you want to apply Vicks Vaporub at night before you sleep and then cover it with a sock. Then in the morning wash the foot clean and clip whatever part of the infected nail you can get to safely. Continue until the fungus is gone.
11. Stops Pets From Peeing Indoors
Pets don't know your home isn't a toilet. But we completely understand why you don't want them to treat it as such. If they do have a little accident, you can apply Vicks VapoRub to the place that they had it in. That will prevent them from returning to it and encourage them to go outside.
12. Keeps Your Feet In Great Condition
If you're tired of dead skin building up on your feet, rub Vicks VapoRub into it before bedtime and then pop some socks on to sleep in. In the mornings, wash your feet and then work them over with a pumice stone. The skin will be gone in no time.
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