When I was a child, a cough or cold definitely meant that you could smell me from more than a mile away because I was all about that Vicks VapoRub. Yep, I’d slather myself in that thick, oily stuff… “the more, the better!” I would think, even though I’m fairly certain that is completely wrong.
To be honest, I was never a fan of that strong menthol scent but it did the trick to help me fight off all those nasty cough and cold symptoms… in other words, I could actually breathe! I think we all know that feeling of pure frustration when we’re trying to fall asleep with our noses all clogged up, so Vicks came to my rescue on more occasions than I can count. But as it turns out, Vicks VapoRub can do more… so much more!
But what is Vicks VapoRub? It’s an oil-based mentholated topical cream that contains camphor, eucalyptus oil, and menthol. Studies have proven it to be effective in helping with cough and congestion, letting its user get better sleep. But as previously mentioned, it can do more than just that. For example… suffering from an ear ache? Apparently, you can help reduce the pain by putting a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on a cotton ball and putting it in your ear for several hours, several times a day. How awesome is that? Some other cool tricks include:
- Increase the healing of a splinter and reduce the risk of infections
- Help with muscle aches
- Repel mosquitos
- Reduce the appearance of stretch marks
Check out the video below for more amazing and surprising alternate uses for Vicks VapoRub!