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In case you missed it, Vicks VapoRub is a much more versatile ointment than just a deep decongestant. Probably we all remember the times as children when we caught a nasty cold, and our mothers had our chests rubbed with Vicks to relieve the coughing. It worked great!

Well, Vicks also helps with other problems. Some of the more astonishing include a remedy for treating cracked heels, muscles that ache and even common warts!

The reason for his many health benefits is the ointment’s mixture of oils. The combination of menthol, turpentine oil, eucalyptus oil, camphor, etc. is a potent prevention of septic, inflammatory and microbial properties in the organism.

Here are some of the most not-so-common methods of using Vicks VapoRub for a variety of health and wellbeing solutions.


Vicks VapoRub can be a potent treatment for instant coughs and colds. It helps relax the mucus thus clearing it from your body to offer immediate relief.

Eucalyptus oil, camphor, and turpentine oil are robust in everything from throat pain to a severe cough and related symptoms.

Just rub your feet with Vicks and put on your comfiest socks. Leave them overnight. The next morning you should feel relieved from coughing.


VapoRub can also help you in reducing the sinus congestion by clearing it up and reducing swelling. The same ingredients that we mentioned above can also work as an effective decongestant.

To apply the ointment for congestion relief, simply rub it on your chest, throat, and forehead before going to sleep. Make sure to adequately cover the rubber area with a towel or a thick cloth. Repeat each night until you no longer have any congestion.

You can also melt Vicks in hot water by boiling it for use as a steam inhalator. Heat it up, place a towel over your head and inhale. It is an excellent remedy for unclogging a blocked nose.


As we said earlier, Vicks has an excellent antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties that make in an incredibly effective remedy for treating cold sores.

Just smear some Vicks VapoRub on the sore and leave it to dry. It will reduce the level of discomfort caused by the wound. Leave it like that for a few hours and then repeat the process.

You should also use this method when you have a tingling sensation in a spot of your skin, typical for a future sore coming up. This approach can prevent the sore from turning into a blister.


Vicks can help you cure your nail fungus. And it is a much more natural treatment because it is based on thymol, an antiseptic, that can inhibit fungal growth in the nails.

Just apply the ointment on the infected nail. Make sure to clean and dry your foot before the application.

After the ointment is applied, cover it with a bandage and then wrap in with a gauze or just wear a sock. Leave for 4-5 hours before changing the cream with a fresh dab. Do this two or three times per day.

The treatment should take about a month of consistent application.

After your new healthy nail starts growing strong, trim off the previous dark nail.


Keep your heels soft, healthy and smooth with Vicks VapoRub. Vicks has ingredients that act as natural emollients to moisture the skin, keeping your heels smoother and softer.

Just apply the ointment on your cracked heels and leave it overnight wearing socks. Make sure to massage your feet for five minutes for better placement gently. In the morning, wash it off with warm water. You can even grab an exfoliating stone to soften your skin.

Repeat the process until complete healing.

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