I came across this article that was sharing a bunch of unusual uses for Vicks VapoRub that I had never even heard of; everything from getting rid of excess belly flab to prevent your cat from scratching on the furniture!
So I complied the list of all 20 of those unusual uses and categorized them to make things simple for you.
Vick’s VapoRub For Health & Beauty
1. Get Rid Of Fingernail & Toe Fungus With Vicks
Apply Vick’s directly to your toenail or fingernail where the fungus is growing, several times a day until the fungus is all gone. Trim your nail as it grows to remove infected part.
2. Heal Cuts & Splinters Faster With Vicks
Vicks prevents infection and speeds up your skins healing process, apply directly to cuts or splinters.
3. Make Stretch Marks Disappear With Vicks
Rub Vicks VapoRub into the skin where you have stretch marks, twice a day until your stretch marks disappear.
4. Treat Eczema With Vicks
Vicks alleviates inflammation and itchiness often caused by Eczema. Apply a light layer of Vicks VapoRub to affected areas for as long as needed.
5. Get Rid Of Athlete’s Foot Fungus With Vicks
Apply Vicks to your feet several times per day, until fungus is completely gone.
6. Warts Be Gone With Vicks VapoRub
If you’ve got a wart that’s been lagging on apply some Vicks directly to the wart several times a day. Wrap the area with gauze and repeat until the wart is completely gone. It should only take a few days!
7. Say Goodbye To Acne With Vicks
Because Vicks has anti-inflammatory properties, applying it to breakouts will help reduce the redness, swelling and allow the acne to dry up more quickly. Apply directly to acne several times a day until you see desire results.
8. No More Nasty Bruises When You Use Vicks
Apply Vicks VapoRub and Himalayan Salt to a fresh bruise and watch it disappear! (tired it.. works great)
9. Moisten Dry Skin With Vicks
The winter weather does a number to my skin, there is nothing worse then itchy dry skin. Vicks can fix that! Apply Vicks directly to your dry skin and watch as your skin plumps right back up.
10. Got Cracked Feet… Use Vicks
Well, we know Vicks helps moisturize, so it’s no surprise to use Vicks to heel cracked feet. Apply Vicks all over your feet and put on socks right before bed, repeat as needed.
11. Relief From Tennis Elbow & Sore Muscles With Vicks
Lather your elbow up with Vicks VapoRub and, wrap if needed and soon the camphor and menthol in Vicks will help relieve the pain. Same goes for other sore muscle areas, just apply Vicks to the sore area as needed.
12. Relief From Ear Pain Using Vicks
If you’re suffer from an ear ache, put some Vicks VapoRub on a cotton ball and put inside in the affected ear and you should feel immediate improvement. Another option is to warm a garlic clove then apply Vicks on it and insert the clove in the opening of the ear that is giving pain.
13. Slim Down Tummy Fat With Vicks
There are several reports of women using Vicks and plastic wrap to tone excess tummy fat. The idea is to lather your chubby zones with Vicks, then wrap them in plastic wrap. Do this several times a week and measure your results!
House & Home Uses For Vicks VapoRub
14. Be Gone Bugs Using Vicks VapoRub
Bugs can’t stand the smell of menthol, give yourself or your dogs a rub down with Vicks before you go outside and all sorts of biting bugs will leave you alone. (I haven’t really tried this for ticks, but I did notice when I didn’t use it on the dogs I found ticks on them – so seems to me it would work!)
15. Sooth Itchy Bug Bits With Vicks
In case you forgot to rub down before going outside and one of those stinkers bit you, dab alittle Vicks on your itchy bug bite and cover with a bandaid.
16. Keeps Your RaceHorse Focused With Vicks
Apparently this is a common trick used in the horse racing industry. Owners of stallions will apply Vicks under the nostrils, it prevents the stallions from getting a whiff of the female ponies near him and keeps him focused on the race at hand.
17. Stop Your Cat From Turning Your Furniture Into A Scratch Post With Vicks
If your kitty cat won’t stop scratching the furniture , wipe down the areas with Vicks VapoRub and never have to worry about tasseled cornered couches again. Cats greatly dislike the smell of menthol and the smell alone will deter them.
18. Puppy or Kitty Potty Training Trick With Vicks
If your puppy or kitten isn’t house broken yet, place a jar of open Vicks in common accident spots about your house. Pets will often potty where they smell urine or number 2. Pet odors are often even still scented long after we have thought to have cleaned them. This trick will ensure that your new fur baby potties where you want them too.
Lastly, in case you don’t have any Vicks VapoRub on hand or don’t like buying this product because it has Vaseline in it… here is a recipe for making your very own Homemade Vicks VapoRub from scratch!
You will need:
- 8 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (be sure to get cold pressed, organic and Non GMO)
- 10 Drops – Menthol Essential Oil
- 10 Drops – Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Glass jar with a lid
- 1 stove cooking pot
- 1 glass bowl that will fit over your cooking pot
Start by filling your pot half way with water and bring to boil. When boiling place the coconut oil in the glass bowl and place the glass bowl over the boiling pot of water. Stir coconut oil until completely melted. When melted remove from pot and place on counter. Add essential oils and stir. Then pour oils into empty glass jar. Let sit out on counter until room temperature. cover with lid and place in fridge for at least 1 hour or until solid. Keep in cool dry place until need for use. If oils get to warm you can store in the fridge until needed.
So what do you think? Did you know you could do all this with just Vicks?? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love your feedback!