20 Brilliant Ways To Use Vicks VapoRub You’ve Probably Never Thought Of

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!

Vicks Vapor Rub Uses

So what are the other uses for vicks vapor rub? Well, in this article you’ll discover twenty problems you never knew Vicks VapoRub could help you with.

1.) Get Rid of Pesky Mosquitoes

If you are ever out camping, you should always bring some Vicks VapoRub with you. Just a small dab on you clothes will keep the mosquitoes away.

2.) Get Rid of Chest Congestion

All you need to do is apply a bit of Vicks VapoRub to your neck and chest to get rid of chest congestion.

3.) Stop Cats from Scratching

Vicks VapoRub can prevent your cat from scratching walls, windows, or doors if you apply a small amount to these areas.

4.) Keep Your Horse In Line

A little VapoRub under your horse’s nose will block out the scents of female ponies, so your horse will not be distracted during the big race.

5.) Eliminates Earache Pain

Dab a little of Vicks VapoRub on a cotton ball and place it in your ear for several hours, several times a day. This will help eliminate the pain but it will not clear up an infection.

6.) Eliminate Nail Fungus

If you suffer from nail fungus, just apply Vicks VapoRub to the area two times a day until the fungus goes away.

7. Reduce Stretch Marks

Stretch marks vanish within two-weeks of applying Vicks VapoRub.

8.) Relieve Tennis Elbow

The menthol and camphor in Vicks VapoRub can reduce the pain associated with tennis elbow. Just apply to the affected areas on your elbows till the pain is gone.

9.) Help Cracked Heels

You can put a thick glob of Vicks VapoRub on your heels every night. Be sure to wear cotton socks while you sleep. When you wake up, just rinse off the VapoRub and pumice your heels.

10. Heal Athlete’s Foot

Put a bit of Vicks VapoRub on your foot two times a day to combat athlete’s foot.

11.) Heal Sore Muscles

If you have sore muscles from overuse, just take a little VapoRub and apply it to your problem muscle. After that, apply a warm dry towel to the area. Then lie down and gently lift your troubled muscle till you can feel the soreness decrease.

12.) Cry on Command

If you are cast in a role where you have to cry, just place a little VapoRub under your eyes before the scene.

13.) Sinus Headache

If you suffer from these nasty headaches, it is best to deeply breathe VapoRub in straight from the can.

14.) Potty Train Pets

Just put a bottle of Vicks VapoRub any place you want to deter your pet from peeing on.

15.) Reduce Eczema

A little VapoRub is great for getting rid of itchiness and inflammation associated with eczema.

16.) Clears Up Acne

Forget about Proactiv. A bit of Vicks VapoRub will dry out your pimples in no time.

17.) Repels Insects

Vicks VapoRub is great for repelling outdoor insects. You can rub some VapoRub on your neck, knees, elbows, and behind the ears if you are hiking. If you are sitting down, just open up a can of Vicks VapoRub and place it by your side.

18.) Heal Dry Skin

VapoRub works great as a skin moisturizer. If you have dry skin, just apply some VapoRub and feel the results.

19.) Heal Bruises

If you have a fresh bruise, no worries. Just mix some Vicks VapoRub with a pinch of salt and apply it to your bruise.

20.) Heal Cuts

A dab Vicks VapoRub speeds up recovery time for cuts and splinters.

From helping you with a number of health related issues to repelling insects as you can see there are many cost effective and beneficial uses for vicks vapor rub.

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Comments (22)

Do you have any other brilliant uses for Vick’s VapoRub? I want to hear about them! Please tell me about some alternative uses you use Vicks with.

am wondering if Vicks can be used of fresh tattoos

OMG – I wish I could attach before and after pictures. I’ve had toenail fungus for 7 years and a podiatrist told me years ago there’s not much you can do for it, so I didn’t even try. I finally decided to try and this stuff is AMAZING!! One application and you can’t even tell the fungus is there, and I have it on both big toes. Love it!

Thanks for letting us know Jodie!

If you have a soft tissue corn between your toes, apply once a day until the corn disappears . Scratch debris out as it softens

My hands were dry and I was out of hand lotion so I’ve been using Vicks on my hands. All of a sudden I’ve noticed my nails growing like crazy. Does Vicks help your nails grow as well?

For years we have used Vicks for burns from water, cooking oil, hair curler, and especially sunburn. The healing is almost immediate and no scarring. My coffee pot broke and hot coffee engulfed my arm. Put ice first and then Vicks and never suffered with any pain and continued visiting with company we had for dinner. Missed just one little spot and it was red and burned terribly the next day. We love Vicks and will never be without it.

Wow, what an amazing tip. Thanks for sharing it Patricia! 🙂

I love how Vicks softens my feet !!

So I have an auto-immune skin condition called Hidrinetis Supprativia…it’s where you develop huge boil like skin abscess….it’s the 3rd most painful skin condition in the world….it cost $15,000.00 for a 3 month supply of the medicine to treat it…..when I get an outbreak or flare up….I apply Vicks to the abscess and in a few hours NO PAIN WHATSOEVER !!!!! Vicks is a life savor !!!!

What an AMAZING testimony! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 I hope it helps someone else with the Hidrinetis Supprativia skin condition.

I can verify its good for Hidradenitis suppurativa. I’ve used it for a long time now, even put it on open wounds. Wouldn’t survive without it.

I also use it on netle/insect stings, arthritis, migraines etc etc

Hey Maggie, Thanks for the VapoRub Tips!

Does cure toenail fungus but I also heard that if you put Vicks vapor rub on the bottom of your feet it will reduce your coughing at night

i use vicks for cracked lips and cold sores I just wish it was sold in a small tube so I could apply it straight to my lips it is 100% better the pawpaw cream

I used it many years ago to help myself to quit smoking – I just found that if I took a deep breath of clean air a Vicks Inhaler, even the thought of a cigarette seemed sickening.

Now I am a Nurse Practitioner and recommend it all the time! In fact, i keep a jar in my medical bag and offer some in an empty medicine bottle so they can give it a try!

Wow, what an awesome tip! Thank you so much for sharing this Maureen 🙂

Looking for hair growth, use Vicks vapor rub apply directly to scalp massage it in 2 twice a week!!

I suffer really bad with tennis elbow in both of my elbows I have just seen this with Vicks vapour rub am going to give it a go and see what happens I have it on my chest at the moment as I have bronchitis and put on my feet but never thought to put it on my elbows hope this works as I could cry with the pain.will let you know how it goes ?

I’m a former paramedic. Medics, law enforcement, and firefighters put Vick’s in their nostrils when doing body recovery, because it reduces the stench of decomposing corpses. [Not as pleasant treating cold symptoms or toenail fungus, I know, but for some of us nonetheless useful to know!]

Am 71 years old and my skin started reacting to makeup and argon oil and anything i used on face. Had horrible dermatitis or eczema around nose and mouth on both sides of face. my face has always been clear and no problems. love IT cc cream make-up and that was beginning of horrible reactions. Now using pure coconut oil and still had problems.Then i tried Vicks and it cleared it up in three days. Amazing how this product cleared my skin and hope that it stays clear. Still unable to use any thing other than coconut oil on face and now using Vicks, Works wonders!

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