Twelve Surprising Uses for Vicks VapoRub

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    Everybody knows the little blue jar….

    Vicks is an age-old mentholated topical cream intended to relieve head, throat, and chest stuffiness, at least that`s what the label says. It uses menthol to elicit a response from receptors in the nose and chest and can work wonders on people with colds or chronic bronchitis. Vicks has been around for over one hundred years and is quite likely one of the most widely used over-the-counter decongestants. Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about unique and unconventional ways to use this odiferous ointment. You’ll be surprised to learn that Vicks VapoRub is a supposed treatment for so much more than just a congested chest.

    1. Decongest Your Chest
    The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms.

    Been there, done that. I`m sure most everybody on the board has had a vicks rubdown before bed at one time or another.

    2. On Your Tootsies
    Applying Vicks to your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. Within moments your cough will subside—in the morning you’ll wake up a new, hacking free person.

    I can actually say this works. I`ve tried it several times and always been surprised by the results, I just can`t get in the habit of wearing socks to bed!

    3. Achy Breaky Muscles
    Vicks relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it all over the aching area. (Be sure to warn your bedmate as the stench can ensure a nookie-free night.)

    Or put in on first thing in the morning, nobody will bother you much all day!

    4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus
    Rub VapoRub on your toenails if you suspect you have a fungus. Within days, the nail will turn dark—this means the Vicks is killing the fungus. As your toenail grows out, the dark part will grow off and you will have fungus-free feet. Keep applying the ointment over a period of two weeks to fully cleanse nail beds of any remaining bacteria.

    Haven`t tried this one……I try to stay fungus free….

    5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching
    Cats are notorious for scratching every hard surface they get their claws on. To prevent Miss Kitty from ruining your doors, walls, and windows, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these areas. Cats detest the smell and will steer clear. Vicks can also be applied to your arms and legs if your kitty is prone to scratching you.

    Wish I knew this a long time ago……

    6. Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent
    If your dog or cat is not yet potty trained, put an open bottle of Vicks on the area he or she likes to mark as their territory. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and wetting your rug.

    Wonder if this would work around the garden to deter other pests????

    7. Headaches Be Gone
    Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your temples and forehead to help relieve headaches. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve pain.

    Once again, this will work, but you might end up with a lot of alone time….

    8. Humidify Your Sleep
    Vicks VapoRub can be used in special types of humidifiers and vaporizers. Ensure your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using. The humidifier will circulate Vicks throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night long.

    Wonderful stuff, you can even put a bit on a cotton ball or rag & hang on the head of your bed, this will have a similar effect.

    9. Paper Cuts and Splinters
    To prevent infection and speed up healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on any small cut or splinter.

    Should test this…if anybody does try this really soon, let me know!

    10. Ticks and Bugs
    If you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and stop bugging you.

    Some of the deer hunters I know keep a jar in their camp just for this reason.

    11. Reek-free Racehorses
    Professional racers smother VapoRub under the nostrils of racehorses on race day. The strong stench deters the stallions from the alluring odor of the female pony and keeps them focused on the race.

    Hmmmm…not gonna go there…..

    12. Go Away Mosquitoes
    Vicks wards off mosquitoes. Apply small dabs of Vicks VapoRub to your skin and clothes and mosquitoes will steer clear. If you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a Band-Aid to relieve itching.

    This works, but once again, factor in the quantity of alone time you want vs the quantity of vicks you use….

    Plus it has an incredibly long shelf life, so are there any other uses that you`ve run across?

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