If you need some very efficient decongestant, Vicks VapoRub is a menthol-aromatic cream which effectively treats nostril congestion and cough.
Moreover, when you rub it topically over the chest, it will almost instantly provide breathing relief. The 3 active ingredients of this product have very powerful medicinal properties, camphor, menthol, and eucalyptus oil.
They have been used for many years for treating common cold symptoms, and over time, their activity has enhanced thanks to the addition of ingredients such as cedar leaf and lemon.
Therefore, we will show you the recipe of a homemade natural and petroleum free Vicks VapoRub recipe:
Ingredients that will need:
- 20 drops of Eucalyptus Oil (use just 4 drops when using for babies and young children)
- 20 drops Peppermint Oil (substitute 4 drops fir essential oil when using for babies and small children)
- Half a cup olive oil, almond oil, or coconut oil
- 2 level tablespoons of beeswax pastilles
- 10 drops of Rosemary Oil (omit when using for babies and small children)
- 10 drops clove or cinnamon oil (you can omit it when using for babies or small children)
Melt the beeswax with a bit of oil until it’s dissolved well. Add the essential oils, and mix everything well.
Transfer it into some air-tight container with a lid.
Use this homemade natural remedy to soothe cough and relieve congestion. Remember that essential oils have to be avoided in the case of babies and infants, and you should dilute them before using then, and also use them in small amounts.
You can also replace the oils with some herbs. In a double boiler, on a medium heat, mix one tablespoon of each of the herbs for two hours.
This homemade Vick VapoRub provides many other medicinal properties, and those are:
- Vicks VapoRub treats minor throat and chest infections
Apply it topically on the chest and throat for treating throat and bronchial irritations when facing common cold.
- Vicks VapoRub relieves headaches
The regular usage of this product soothes a headache caused by sinusitis or migraines. As soon as you feel a pain in the head, simply apply it on the temples with the fingers and gently massage it. You can massage the forehead too.
- Vicks VapoRub eliminates warts
Methanol and thymol that the Vicks VapoRub contains effectively eliminate periungual warts, as they treat the virus that can lead to the skin damage. You can apply it on warts, cover them with some sterile gauze, and leave it to act for several hours. Repeat as many times as you need.
- Vicks VapoRub heals insect wounds
The scratchy and itchy bites of insects can be very unpleasant, and you can treat them with Vicks VapoRub. Wash the affected area with water and then put some Vicks VapoRub. The menthol is going to cool down the burning sensation in seconds.
- Vicks VapoRub treats muscle pains
Vicks VapoRub could also help in the case of muscle pains as well, especially if they are caused by poor blood circulation. The menthol that it contains, is boosting the circulation and soothes the pain.
You need to rub a thin layer of it over the muscles and leave it to act for about 5-10 minutes. After that, place a cloth over it to keep it warm. Now, rest until the balm enters the muscle tissues and heals them.
- Vicks VapoRub treats the acne
It’s one of the best acne remedies, and it is also going to clean the face and treat the swollen acne. You need to cover the acne with a layer of VapoRub and leave it to act for half an hour. Then, wash it with lukewarm water.
- Vicks VapoRub fights toenail fungus
This cream contains thymol, which is active in treating the toenail fungal infection, because it has potent antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
According to a study that was published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine in 2011, this cream can also treat the infection onychomycosis.
You need to apply it on the affected toe, after you have cleaned and dried it, and cover it with gauze. Afterward put on the socks. The bacteria are going to be treated after applying it for a few times.
- Vicks VapoRub repels insects
If you suffer from the common presence of some annoying insects in the home, you can try applying Vicks VapoRub to keep them at bay. Simply apply it on the exposed skin area, and you are going to be saved!
- Vicks VapoRub vanishes the stretch marks
By circular massaging Vicks VapoRub can lighten the ugly skin marks. Rub it directly on your skin twice a day and the effects are going to surprise you in only a month!
- Vicks VapoRub treats cracked-and-racked heels
Very often your heels can become cracked and ruptured, but several layers of this ointment and the turpentine oil that it contains will nourish them and make them silky smooth.
Just soak the feet in warm water for about 10 minutes, afterwards scrub the heels to eliminate the dead skin, and then wash them again. When you’ve done this, apply Vicks VapoRub, and massage the heels.
- Vicks VapoRub can serve as a pet trainer
Cover all the surfaces that your pet likes to scratch and unintentionally damage, and the odor of menthol and eucalyptus is going to ‘freeze’ your pet the moment it tries to scratch.