Vicks VapoRub is one of the most underrated and versatile cure-alls that you probably have in your medicine cabinet and never knew. And no, we’re not just talking about VapoRub’s ability to help you clear up congestion or get rid of a headache. Everybody knows Vicks VapoRub can do that!
But over the past few years, others have found an array of other surprising uses for the cream that have absolutely nothing to do with cold and flu relief.
Here are some of the uses of Vicks Vapor Rub you probably never heard of:
Soothes Insect Bites
Whether you suffer from ant, mosquito or any other insect bites, Vicks VapoRub can provide instant relief from the itchiness and burning sensation.
The cooling menthol in Vicks soothes the itching sensation. It also reduces the risk of blisters and infections too.
Combats Toenail Fungus
The ingredient thymol in Vicks aids in inhibiting growth of the fungus, possibly due to its antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found Vicks VapoRub to have a positive clinical effect in the treatment of onychomycosis.
Treats Cracked Heels
To keep your heels healthy, smooth and free from unsightly cracks, Vicks VapoRub is just the right ingredient to consider.
Due to its menthol, camphor and turpentine oil content, this ointment helps trap in moisture and heal cracked heels.
Stops Stretch Marks
Believe it or not, countless reviews of Vicks say that it is like a magic eraser of stretch marks or loose skin after pregnancy.
While the makers of Vicks Vaporub do not claim that its product can actually reduce stretch marks or recommend its use as a treatment for skin conditions or scarring, the product has the anti-inflammatory property of eucalyptus, with women saying that within a week of using it, their stretch marks were 60 to 100 per cent gone.
Clears Up Acne And Rosacea
It might sound mad, but a little Vicks VapoRub can work miracles in clearing up all sorts of skin conditions.
Apply it to a face riddled with acne several times a day to soothe it and simultaneously dry it out, or alternatively use it to treat eczema and rosacea.
A small amount of the product with help the look and discomfort of these skin conditions, and generally help to clear your skin.