Anyone who hates being sick has a bathroom cabinet full of everything from drugstore solutions to all-natural remedies. And many people keep a container of VapoRub.
It can be used on the chest and throat to help a cough. But it is useful for a variety of health-related issues, and also it can be used to repel insects, battle stretch marks, and potty-train pets.
Not many people know that VapoRub contains ingredients that are good for us: menthol, eucalyptus oil, nutmeg oil and cedarleaf oil – also perfect for fighting several health-related issues.
VapoRub has a very distinct smell useful in a variety of other situations.
This ointment can improve quite a few aspects of your life, to fight migraines, to eliminate colds, to potty-train your pet, to heal stretch-marks, to keep bugs away, to alleviate muscle pain, to eliminate acne, to stop toenail fungus, to discourage scratching, to stop earaches, and to get a tick out.
- Fight migraines;
Rub VapoRub on your temples and forehead.
If you want to stave off a migraine, rub a small amount of VapoRub on your forehead. Your pain will instantly be relieved by the mentholated scent who will release pressure in your head.
- Eliminate colds;
Rub VapoRub on your feet and cover them with socks.
If you want your child to fight off cold and flu symptoms, then rub your child’s feet with VapoRub and put on socks before going to bed.
- Potty-train your pet;
Open VapoRub in the part of your home where your pet likes to pee.
Many cats and dogs don’t like the smell of VapoRub, and they will stay away from an open jar. According to Livestrong.com, it is recommended by the vets VapoRub to be used to train indoor pets from eliminating in undesired locations. If your pet goes to pee in your closet, then place the open jar at the entrance, but make sure to consult with your vet because some animals have adverse reactions.
- Heal stretch marks;
Rub VapoRub on your stretch marks.
The menthol and natural oil ingredients of the VapoRub reduce stretch marks. Dr. Doug Willen says that VapoRub accelerates the toning down of the bright colors of the stretch marks, but it also fades them, and it heals them up.
- Keep bugs away;
Rub VapoRub behind your ears, on your neck, and on your arm and leg joints.
If you want to keep the bugs away, don’t put harsh chemical sprays on your body, use a dab of VapoRub on specific areas. VapoRub is a great “eco-friendly insect-repellant” according to Livestrong.com. If you want to ward off flies on picnic tables, you can place an opened jar of Vicks VapoRub.
- Alleviate muscle pain;
Rub VapoRub generously onto your sore muscles.
VapoRub contains menthol which is used on sore and aching muscles. Sore, overworked muscles are relieved by Vicks, and it also increases the circulation and provides instant aid.
- Eliminate acne;
Rub VapoRub directly onto your acne.
VapoRub fights all types of unwanted acne, including painful cystic acne. You can apply it on acne before you go to bed, and it will be gone when you wake up. It is also good for red spots and blemishes.
- Stop toenail fungus;
Rub VapoRub directly onto your affected toenails.
If you have a toenail fungus, you can use VapoRub to kill the fungus and it will clear up any unsightly discoloration. The medicated Vicks should salve into your infected toenails and the surrounding nail bed and you should leave your feet breath uncovered.
- Discourage scratching;
Rub VapoRub onto areas of your home that your cat likes to scratch.
Many pet owners are annoyed by the scratching of their cats, but you can use VapoRub as a large deterrent. Your cats will steer clear of certain areas of the house, and if they smell VapoRub on your arms or legs, they will stop scratching you. But in order to avoid any potential adverse reactions to the VapoRub that your cat may have, you need to consult your vet first.
- Stop earaches;
Rub VapoRub onto a cotton ball and place it in your ear.
If there is something that can ruin your day, it is earaches.
If you have a mild earache, you can use a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on a cotton ball and put it in your ear for several hours. You can do this several times a day and it will reduce your pain, but it will not clear up a possible infection.
- Get a tick out.
Rub VapoRub directly onto the tick.
One of the most annoying and painful processes is getting a tick out. But you should apply Vicks immediately if you get bitten by a tick because the strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and it will stop bugging you.
VapoRub has alternative uses which may be surprising, but are extremely helpful in these health and household situations, but first, consult with your doctor for any health-related issues.