Vicks has been around for what seems like donkey’s years, and it’s no wonder. Although it’s marketed as a cough, cold and flu remedy, there are so many other uses for Vicks VapoRub that make it a must-have product in every home.
Vicks' main ingredients - camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus - are extremely beneficial for a whole range of things. Discover how your little pot of Vicks can be used for your health, beauty and even pets today!
Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in January 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in November 2018.
Health uses for Vicks
Believe it or not, your little pot of Vicks Vaporub can actually be used to benefit your health! Discover why you should always have a tub in your first aid kit today.
1. Weight loss
Want to lose weight? Then you’re going to love this clever tip. Many people claim that using Vicks VapoRub can melt away belly fat and cellulite – sounds good, right? Vicks can decrease localised fat by stimulating fat-burning.
For even more ways to lose weight, read our other blog post.
2. Ease muscle pain
Overdone it in the gym? Or perhaps your old office chair's giving you an awful backache.
Muscle pain is no fun at all. Don't suffer unnecessarily - ease yours using Vicks! Rub Vicks into sore muscles and the tingling sensation with soon have you feeling ready to put your trainers on again.
3. Headache remedy
Thump, thump, thump - don't suffer from sore head. One of our favourite uses for Vicks is as a headache remedy.
Want relief, fast?
Rub a small amount of Vicks into the centre of your forehead and onto temples. Massage it in, and the mentholated scent will work to reduce tension and ease the pain.
4. Treat toenail fungus
Are your feet looking rather worse for wear?
Vicks may have been invented for colds, but hopefully, our uses for Vicks are opening your eyes to its true potential! Next on our impressive list? Treating toenail fungus.
Vicks contains many natural ingredients, some of which have antifungal properties which are thought to treat toenail fungus.
Want to get rid of your toenail fungus using Vicks?
Apply a generous dollop of Vicks to dry toenails every evening and leave overnight to work its magic.
TOP TIP: Keep toenails cut short so that the Vicks can penetrate as deep as possible into the nail bed.
5. Heal cuts FAST
Ouch! If you've caught your finger on the table and have a nasty splinter or cut, you'll need some antiseptic. If you don't have any to hand, your trusty jar of Vicks can step in until you do.
One of the best things about Vicks is its antiseptic properties. Rub a small amount onto cuts to create a barrier to keep them clean.
6. Stop earaches
An achy ear can be extremely unpleasant, and make even the smallest everyday task impossible.
Turns out, Vicks can also be used to solve this problem. While it won't cure an ear infection, it will reduce pain and discomfort to help you get on with the task in hand.
To try it, rub some Vicks onto a ball of cotton wool and place it in your ear.
7. Reduce the appearance of bruises
Had a nasty fall? Don't let shades of purple, green and yellow get you down. You can get rid of bruises using your handy jar of Vicks.
Want to try it?
Rub a thin layer of Vicks onto the bruise and add a sprinkling of salt. This strange combination will help distribute the concentrated blood beneath the bruise, resulting in a lighter, less discoloured patch of skin.
Beauty uses for Vicks
No need to purchase expensive beauty products - there's loads of jobs your trusty pot of Vick can do just as well. Check them out below.
8. Moisturise dry skin
If you suffer from dry skin, Vicks could be the budget beauty product you've been looking for. Vicks is extremely rich and nourishing and will soothe skin to improve the appearance of dry skin on elbows, knees and more.
9. Reduce the appearance of stretch marks
Stretch marks are certainly nothing to be ashamed of, but if you would like to try and reduce them, Vicks could well be the answer.
Many people claim to have experienced excellent results using Vicks as a treatment for stretch marks. Although there is little evidence to support this, it's thought the cream works to moisturise and soften the skin, making them less prominent.
Now, check out one of the best medical uses for Vicks...
10. Get rid of acne
Acne. We've all had it at some point in our lives - some of us worse than others. There are hundreds of treatments on the market that claim to treat it, ranging from the cheap and cheerful to the extreme and expensive.
What if all you really needed to get rid of acne had been hiding in your cupboard all along?
Vicks VapoRub's three main active ingredients - eucalyptus, camphor and menthol - eliminate bacteria and have a cooling effect on the skin.
These ingredients help diminish and soothe acne in just a matter of days. Rub a small amount onto troubled areas to try this acne cure for yourself.
There are still a few more uses for Vicks you definitely don't want to miss...
11. Use Vicks to get soft feet
Last but by no means least on our list of uses for Vicks is to soften feet. Hard, dry, cracked feet need deep nourishment and there's nothing better (or cheaper) than Vicks.
Next time you're giving your feet some TLC, skip the expensive foot cream and try rubbing Vicks into cracked heels instead. You'll be so impressed by what this household product can do!
Household uses for Vicks
Just before we go, we wanted to share a few last bizarre uses for Vicks with you. Time to see what we've got in store.
12. How to potty train your pets
Puppies may be cute, but training them not to pee on your carpet can be very tricky and time-consuming.
If you want a helping hand, try Vicks. Although most humans find the mentholated smell very pleasant, the same cannot be said for our furry friends. This makes it an ideal deterrent and can be used in 'pee-prone' areas to dissuade your pets from leaving their mark in your home.
13. DIY Insect repellent using Vicks
Buzz, buzz – don’t let insects ruin your fun! If you have a jar of Vicks at home, you’re in luck.
Many people have found that Vicks is an extremely effective insect repellent. The only problem may be the tingling sensation it produces – whether or not this is a worthwhile sacrifice for bite-free skin only you can decide.
14. Dog chewing deterrent
Does your furry friend have a thing for your furniture? Vicks can be used as a solution to this common pet-problem.
Even a small taste of Vicks will deter pets. Rub Vicks on table legs, cupboard doors, sideboards and anything else they may have taken to their liking and they'll never go scratching or biting near them again.
Do you love Vicks, too? Tell us how YOU like to use it in the comments below.