Vicks VapoRub is an ointment that’s been used for decades to relieve coughs and other symptoms of the common cold. We probably all remember a time when our mom or grandmother used this product to provide relief when we were congested or had other problems with colds.
But how many of you know that you can use it for more than cold relief? Vicks VapoRub has a lot of other beneficial uses that might surprise you. Want to get more out of your container of Vicks VapoRub? Check out these 10 alternative uses.
Your feet are your daily support system and because of all the work they do, they can get tired and swollen. To relieve aching feet after a hard day, all you need to do is rub a good amount of Vicks VapoRub on both feet before you go to bed, using a gentle massaging motion and then putting on a pair of socks. They next day you’ll wake up to find soft and refreshed feet.
Relieve headachesSome of the headaches you might experience throughout the day can result from stress or tension. To get some relief from the pain, apply a bit of Vicks VapoRub on your forehead and in a few minutes you’ll notice you feel better.
Fight blackheads and pimples
Vicks VapoRub and its ingredients can help treat blackheads and pimples on the skin. All you need to do is apply a little bit of this ointment on the affected area.
Muscle fatigueAfter a hard workout you probably feel muscle fatigue and pain in more than one spot. To relieve those sore muscles all you need to do is apply Vicks VapoRub to the region in a gentle massaging motion. This stimulates blood flow and will bring you fast relief.
Whether you have burns from exposure to the sun, hot oil, or any other cause, Vicks VapoRub can bring you relief and promote healing.
Repel mosquitoesMost types of mosquitoes seem to dislike the strong smell of Vicks VapoRub. This ointment helps keep insects away to avoid getting bitten, and it also treats the bites you already have. Just apply VapoRub when you’re in areas with lots of mosquitoes or simply rub it onto any existing bites to take the sting out.
Relieve red and irritated skin
Vicks VapoRub has also been used to treat rosacea or red, splotchy skin. Apply a liberal amount of this ointment to the affected area before you go to bed and again when you wake up.
Chapped lipsFrom an aesthetic point of view, chapped lips are not attractive – but they can also be a sign that something’s wrong. To exfoliate dry skin and hydrate your lips, all you need to do is rub on a little Vicks VapoRub whenever you notice they’re dry.
Lubricate door hinges
Do any of your doors make that annoying screeching sound when you open and close them? If you want to put a stop to it, just grease the hinges with a good amount of Vicks VapoRub and you’re good to go.
Homemade slimming cream
Vicks VapoRub can even help you get rid of certain areas where fat has been stored that keep you from having the figure you want. Obviously it’s not going to be a miracle worker, but it can stimulate fat burning in those regions that are hard to target with exercises, like the thighs and abdomen.
This homemade slimming cream can help fight fatty buildup, eliminate cellulite, and firm up the texture of the skin. It’s recommended for reduction of jowls, getting a flatter stomach, and taking centimeters off your thighs. All you need to do is mix up a cream using Vicks VapoRub, camphor, baking soda, and a little rubbing alcohol. Once you’ve prepared your cream, rub it onto the areas you want to target and cover them with plastic wrap. You can do this at home, at work, or even before you exercise.