Vicks VapoRub is a bit of an institution as far as over-the-counter medicine is considered, perhaps because it functions so differently from other types of nonprescription treatments. Whereas medicine these days is usually contained in pills or effervescent tablets, Vicks treats your ailments with vapors. Bridie Cavanaugh at eHow says camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol, the three most important ingredients in Vicks, relieve congestion and coughing when breathed in. The product also works as a good topical analgesic for other issues.
All of this is fairly common knowledge, but did you know about Vicks' other useful properties? There are plenty of home remedies out there for different kinds of issues that involve the fresh, strong-smelling ointment. Here are a few of them:
1. Soothes headaches, muscle aches, and earaches. Seems like a miracle, right? Check out how it works in the video below:
2. Treats toenail fungus and cracked heels. Foot ailments are the worst. Luckily VapoRub is here to help, as demonstrated in the video below:
3. Repel bugs and keep animals at bay. If you don't want bugs or other critters to bug you, VapoRub can help. How does it work? Check out the video below:
4. Heal bruises and minor cuts. This technique you'll need to see to believe. Check out the video below:
5. Tightening your tummy with Vicks. You may not know that the cream can be used to lose weight and improve the look of certain parts of your body.
6. Massage child's toes with Vicks to ease coughs. This may seem strange, but after reading this article, you'll want to do this.
7. Dandruff relief. Many people don't know that dandruff is usually caused by an excess of fungus called malassezia, and the antifungal properties of Vicks VapoRub can combat this and stop the scalp from flaking.
8. Relieving hemorrhoids. Sufferers of hemorrhoids can find temporary relief from the pain and itchiness by applying a small amount of Vicks VapoRub to the affected area. It will reduce the swelling and have a pleasant cooling sensation. They warn that it may sting or burn a little at first, so proceed with caution, and only use it externally.