Health Hacks

Vick’s VapoRub Is Not Just For Winter Head Colds Anymore

Whether we want to admit it or not, wintertime is all but here.  Now is the time that most of us start stocking up on our Vicks VapoRub.

While most use this magical creation to combat that ever irritating winter chest cold, there are other uses for the salve as well, that many are not even aware of.

This unassuming little jar can prove to be somewhat of a miracle for some.

Containing a balanced mixture of eucalyptus oil, menthol, camphor, and various other calming agents, it would be a shame that there would only be one specific use for it.

As it would turn out, there are several uses, and we will look at three of them now.

Muscle Relief

If you look closely at the suggested uses for the product, this is one that is listed.

As marketing leans toward touting the use of Vicks for the common everyday cold, many are not aware of its ability to relieve the aches and pains from tired and sore muscles.

This is achieved through the process of improving the circulation of blood within the body.

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Keeping Pets In Check

We are the first to admit that just one good whiff of its distinctive smell takes us back to our childhood.

However, our pets are not as fond of the scent as we humans are.  For this reason, vaporub can be a somewhat useful ally in keeping certain irritating traits in our companions in check.

If your cat has the irritating tendency to scratch you, place some vaporub on your arms and hands.  And, if your dog is moving at a slow pace in their housetraining, simply place some vaporub down whenever and wherever there is a mishap.

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Treating Nail Fungus

I know, not a topic that many want to approach due to significant embarrassment.

But, by rubbing Vick’s into the area of your toes experiencing a fungus problem, it can help to eliminate the unsightly embarrassment of this very common affliction.

The reason is that one of the ingredients in the vaporub is that of thymol—which is thought to help deal with the fungus because of its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

Don’t wait until winter to stock up on Vaporub as it can be both handle and helpful on a multitude of ailments all year long.