9 Alternative Uses for Vicks VapoRub

· December 12, 2016
Vicks VapoRub is a very effective remedy for muscle pain and other common maladies, thanks to the heating sensation it provides. It can be used up to twice a day.

Vicks VapoRub is a popular ointment that has been used for many years to treat congestion, cough and other common cold symptoms.

It contains a mix of various calming and aromatic ingredients such as menthol, eucalyptus and camphor.

Many keep this cheap and effective product in their medicine cabinet to use in case of respiratory problems.

But it has properties that we can take advantage of that go beyond this.

For example, if we combine it with garlic we can create an amazing remedy with both antibiotic and pain-relieving properties. Keep reading!

9 Unexpected Uses of Vicks VapoRub

Due to its high content of anti-inflammatory, analgesic and relaxing ingredients, this popular remedy has a bunch of alternative uses that many people aren’t aware of.

1. Athlete’s Foot

vicks on feet

Applying a little bit of Vicks VapoRub on afflicted feet will reduce fungus and dryness.

How to Use

  • Rub a little ointment on your feet every night before going to sleep and then put on socks.
  • Use every day until it clears up.

2. Acne

Even though it is oily, this balm has a positive effect removing pimples caused by acne.

It’s powerful compounds reduce inflammation, cleanse the skin and avoid scars.

How to Use

  • Apply a small amount of Vicks VapoRub to pimples twice a day.

3. Muscle Pain

for muscle pain

The warming sensation felt after applying this product with a soft massage is good therapy for muscle pain.

How to Use

  • Massage the affected area with a good amount of ointment and cover with a hot, dry towel.
  • Repeat twice a day until pain is relieved.

4. Stretch Marks

Applying a little ointment on the stretched skin can show notable improvement. Its hydrating qualities stimulate cellular reparation and increase firmness in the area.

How to Use

  • Apply a good amount of Vicks VapoRub to the affected areas and softly massage in until it is completely absorbed by the skin.
  • Use every day to get best results.

5. Warts

against warts

Those unsightly warts can be removed in a matter of days by consistently applying this ointment.

How to Use

  • Apply a small amount over the wart, cover with a bandage and let sit for 6 hours.
  • Repeat the above, changing the bandage.

6. Repellent

The strong odor of this product repels mosquitoes. If you want them to go away, don’t hesitate to use it.

How to Use

  • Rub over exposed skin, especially when outdoors.

7. Avoid Infections

If you have small cuts or skin abrasions, apply to avoid infections.

How to Use

  • Cleanse the affected area and rub in with a soft massage.

Also read: How To Naturally Treat An Infection

8. Bruises


To promote blood flow and avoid bruisingsoftly massage with this ointment.

How to Use

  • Mix a little sea salt with Vicks VapoRub and rub over the wounded area with soft, circular massages.
  • Repeat twice a day if necessary.

9. Vicks VapoRub and Garlic?garlic ear

The anti-inflammatory properties of Vicks VapoRub combine with the antibiotic qualities of garlic to create a potent remedy against ear infections.

This simple treatment has recently gone viral as many who have tried it swear by its effectiveness.

While either ingredient alone can be used, it’s best to combine their effects using both at the same time.

How to Use

  • Peel a clove of garlic and put in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  • When done, put a little Vicks VapoRub on one end and place in the affected ear.
  • Leave for a couple of hours and you’ll notice the relief.

We recommend reading: 8 Benefits from Eating a Garlic Clove a Day

To conclude, not only is Vicks VapoRub a good remedy for flu and the common cold – it’s an outstanding alternative medicine for many common problems.

Try it!