Like you, I never thought that Vicks VapoRub could serve anything else other than helping us to decongest the nose when we have a cold.
Yet, Vicks VapoRub contains eucalyptus oil, cedar oil, camphor and of course petroleum jelly which gives it a viscous consistency, and these ingredients have surprising soothing effects.
Cracked heels. When your heels are dry and cracked, rub them with Vicks VapoRub before going to bed, then put on a pair of stockings. It will be necessary to repeat the operation a few evenings to obtain very soft heels!
Stretch marks. Stretch marks occur when the skin is tight ... and dry! By using Vicks VapoRub on your arms, hips, thighs, belly, etc., you will help your skin to maintain its elasticity and respond better to weight changes.
Bruises. Add a pinch of salt to a bit of Vicks and apply it on your bruises. They will diminish much faster than if you do nothing.
Muscles. A little bit like tiger balm which is very famous for soothing muscles and muscle soreness, Vicks VapoRub is very effective! If you no longer have your favorite cream (Antiflogistine, Myoflex and others), you will always have a solution!
Earache. Put some Vicks on a cotton ball and insert it into the ear. Leave the cotton in place for several hours, change the cotton and start again ... It should help you feel better until you see a doctor.
Headache. When can you feel a headache is coming, rub your temples with Vicks VapoRub. The menthol contained in it will relieve tension and soothe symptoms.
Cracked lips. A little bit of Vicks on your lips before going to bed and they will be all soft!
Sunburn. In case of sunburn, apply Vicks VapoRub to relieve the burning effect.
Foot fungus. Vicks contains thymol, an ingredient that has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. This kind of infection often requires medical treatment, but you could at least control the progression of the infection by applying Vicks regularly on your nails.
To train a dog to be clean and to obey. The smell of Vicks VapoRub is very strong, so it becomes a product of choice to mark out prohibited places during training your dog to be clean or to obey. Your dog will not like this camphor odor and will avoid the place.