Vicks VapoRub is a bit of an institution as far as over-the-counter medicine is considered, maybe because it works so differently from other types of nonprescription treatments. When compared with the medicine nowadays, Vicks treats your ailments with vapors. According to what Bridie Cavanaugh says at eHow, camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol, that are the three most important ingredients in Vicks, relieve congestion and coughing when inhaled. This product also functions as a good topical analgesic for other issues.
Are you informed about the other useful properties of Vicks? Here are a few of them:
If you are suffering from headaches, you should apply some Vicks to your temples in order to relieve pain. If you are experiencing sinus headache instead, according to Livestrong, you should put ointment under your nose and inhale slowly and deeply.
According to LiveStrong, you should massage Vicks over the muscles, and after that, wrap them in a dry, warm towel for a while.
An earache can be an indication of an ear infection. But, it can also be an effect of a common cold. According to Home Remedies for Life, a cotton ball with Vicks VapoRub is a simple home remedy in order to ease the pain. You should rub a little on a cotton ball and put it in the ear. Leave it to stay all night or until the pain has subsided.
As per eHow, infected toenails should be rubbed with VapoRub two to three times daily. The procedure can take several weeks to months.
You have to apply Vicks to the heels and balls of your feet, and then massage it into the affected areas. Do this procedure in the evening, and sleep with socks on.
The following morning, wash it off with warm water and exfoliate with a pumice stone.
According to Answers Video, you should apply light amounts of Vicks to clothing and skin in order to scare the bugs away. In a case you get bitten, try rubbing some ointment on that spot for itch relief.
Keep animals at bay
If you apply Vicks on the furniture, your cat will stay away from the furniture. In this way you keep your couch, doors and curtains scratch-free.
Heal bruises and minor cuts
According to Livestrong, you should apply a thin layer of Vicks and salt to bruises, because this combination will help your blood circulate faster and dissolve the bruise mark in shorter amounts of time. Answers Video also proposes rubbing the ointment around small cuts in order to improve healing. But, eHow alerts against applying the product to open wounds and damaged skin, so, you have to be careful with this one.