We can all agree that having a stuffy or runny nose is very unpleasant and sometimes even frustrating. Luckily, Vicks VapoRub can help you treat nasal congestion and even cough due to its pleasant menthol aroma.
Also, rubbing it over the chest provides an instant breathing relief. Vicks VapoRub contains three active ingredients menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oil that have powerful medicinal properties.
These ingredients have been used to treat common cold symptoms for ages. When combined with other ingredients such as cedar leaf and lemon they become even more efficient.
The following is a recipe for a natural and petroleum free Vicks VapoRub
- 20 drops of peppermint oil ( for babies and small children 4 drops)
- 20 drops of eucalyptus oil ( for babies and small children 4 drops)
- ½ cup od olive, coconut or almond oil
- 2 level tablespoons of beeswax pastilles
- 10 drops of rosemary oil (again 4 drops for babies and children)
- 10 drops of cinnamon or clove oil ( 4 drops for babies and children)
Start by melting the beeswax with some oil until it dissolves. Add all the essential oils and mix everything together. Put the mixture in an air-tight container and cover it with a lid.
You can soothe a cough or relieve congestion with the help of this remedy.
Note: Never give babies and infants undiluted essential oils and always be extra careful when you do. If you are unsure, consult your doctor first.
If you prefer using fresh herbs you can replace the oils with them. Prepare the remedy by putting a tablespoon of each herb in a double boiler over medium heat for 2 hours.
Besides relieving congestion and treating common cold symptoms, Vicks VapoRub has many other medicinal properties such as:
Vicks VapoRub treats minor chest and throat infections
Treat throat and bronchial irritation caused by the common cold by applying it on the chest and throat.
Vicks VapoRub Relieves headaches
You can relieve the headaches caused by sinusitis or migraines by regularly using this product. Apply it on the temples or forehead as soon as you start feeling pain and massage gently.
Vicks VapoRub eliminates warts
Vicks VapoRub contains methanol and thymol which are very efficient for removing periungual warts because they treat the virus that causes skin damage. Apply it directly on the warts and cover them with sterile gauze. Leave the gauze on for a few hours. You can repeat the procedure as many times as needed.
Vicks VapoRub heals insect wounds
You can use Vicks VapoRub to treat the unpleasant and itchy insect bites. Start by washing the area and then apply Vicks VapoRub on it. The burning sensation will be gone in a matter of seconds.
Vicks VapoRub treats muscle pain
If you suffer from muscle pain, especially because of poor blood flow Vicks VapoRub can be very helpful. The menthol in Vicks VapoRub improves the blood flow and also provides a relief from the pain.
Apply a thin layer of Vicks VapoRub over the muscles, rub it in and then cover with a cloth in order to keep the area warm. This way the balm will penetrate to the muscle tissues and heal them.
Vicks VapoRub treats acne
This remedy is also excellent for treating swollen acne and clearing the face. Cover the acne with a layer of this balm and leave it on for half an hour. Afterwards rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Vicks VapoRub fights toenail fungus
The thymol in Vicks VapoRub is an ingredient that has potent antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which make it perfect for treating toenail fungus and onychomycosis.
First, wash your feet and dry them. Apply the balm on the affected area, cover it with gauze and then put on a sock. After several applications the bacteria will be completely removed.
Vicks VapoRub repels insects
You can keep the annoying insects away from you by applying Vicks VapoRub on your exposed skin area.
Vicks VapoRub vanishes stretch marks
You can also lighten your stretch marks with the help of Vicks VapoRub by massaging it in using circular motion. Apply it two times a day for a month and the results will amaze you.
Vicks VapoRub treats cracked and racked heels
Your dry and cracked heels can become smooth and silky again if you apply a few layers of this balm on them.
Soak your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes and then scrub them to remove the dead skin cells. Wash them again and pat them dry. Apply Vicks VapoRub on the heels and massage it in.
Vicks VapoRub can serve as a pet trainer
You can prevent your pet from scratching or damaging delicate surfaces in your home by applying some Vicks VapoRub on them. The aroma of menthol and eucalyptus will keep the pet away.