By Bobbi Burger Brunoehler of BobbisBargains.
I was born around the same time that the ad on the right was printed. If you were sick, the doctor came to your house, took your temperature, and told mom to make chicken soup. Get plenty of rest and try not to worry. Beyond that, we used Vicks VapoRub.
Seems almost everyone has a jar of Vicks VapoRub in a hall closet or bathroom cabinet, waiting patiently ’til someone has such a bad cold that they relent to rubbing the sticky, smelly goo on their chest in hopes of feeling better. Guess what?
This overlooked product has additional uses that rarely get talked about, and at $3 a jar, why not try it? Of course, neither I nor anyone else can say that VapoRub can cure anything. And it goes without saying that VapoRub is for external use only and I am not a medical practitioner. Just a mom. But success stories from MakeupAlley.com shed light on six conditions that Vicks VapoRub allegedly alleviates.
- Minor ache and pains. This is an “approved” use for the rub.
- Toe Nail Fungus remover. I am blessed with NOT having this condition, but I have heard from friends that it is a bear to get rid of. Supposedly, rubbing VapoRub on the effected area twice a day helps clear up the fungus. The essential oils in the goo contain anti-fungal properties and have worked work miracles for some. Note: this link takes you to HealthCentral.com, a site that does not disclose how it is funded.
- Chapped lip healer. Dab a bit on the split or use like lip balm. Expect stinging if placed on an open piece of skin.
- Headache reliever. Rub a bit on the painful area.
- Scaling and itchy skin controller. Rub on effected area. May sting, see No. 3.
- Racehorse focuser. Vicks slathered under the nose of a stallion prior to racing will keep him from smelling the alluring she-horses, thus keeping their attention on the race.
Have you used Vicks VapoRub for off-label uses?