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7 Surprising Uses for Vicks VapoRub

14 October 2016

Vicks VapoRub has been around for years and is probably one of the most popular over-the-counter decongestants. We’re all familiar with rubbing the cream on our chest to help relieve cold symptoms, but you’d be surprised to learn that there are actually many other uses for this ointment. You can also purchase the VapoRub as a release candle, making it even easier to reap all the benefits. Here are 7 awesome uses for VapoRub.

1) Soothe aching muscles

Aside from decongesting your chest, Vicks can help to relieve sore muscles by increasing blood circulation. Simply apply a generous amount to your aching muscles overnight and you’ll wake up in the morning feeling brand new!

2) Rid nail fungus

If you suspect that you have an infection or fungus on your toenails, you can apply Vicks to the nail. Don’t be alarmed if the nail turns dark- this just means that the ointment is killing the fungus. The dark nail will grow out and you will be left with fungus-free-feet. Keep applying the ointment for another few weeks just to be sure you’ve rid all the bacteria.

3) Stop your cat from scratching

Whilst they may be adorable, cats are known for scratching every hard surface they get their claws on. To stop your kitty ruining all your walls and doors, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these surfaces. Cats absolutely hate the smell and will make sure to steer clear of the area!

4) Help with papercuts and splinters

By applying VapoRub to small cuts or splinters, it can help to prevent infection along with speeding up the healing time.

5) Relieve headaches

VapoRub can help to relieve some of the pressure in your head which is causing you a pesky headache. Just rub a small amount on your forehead and it should instantly get rid of the pain.

6) Get rid of ticks

If you are ever bitten by a nasty little tick, you can apply VapoRub to the area and the strong smell should get the tick to release itself and stop bugging you!

7) Banish mosquitoes

There are many home remedies for getting rid of mosquitoes, but VapoRub is a sure fire way to rid yourself of the insects. Apply a small amount to your skin and clothes to prevent being bitten. However, if you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a plaster to help with the itching!


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