12 Surprising Reasons To Keep Vicks VapoRub In Your Cache

By on July 18, 2013
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I had a bit of a cold last week and had to revert to my old friend Vicks, just to be able to breathe through the night.
It really got me thinking…
This stuff has been around a long time, there has to be some other “alternative” uses that would earn it a place in my survival provisions.
I did a little bit of research before running across this article and I was pleasantly surprised.
Now granted not all of these are strictly survival related, but they are definitely some interesting uses!
Check out them out and let me know what you think!
There are two scents that remind me being a sick kid: brandy and Vicks VapoRub. Whenever I had a cold, those were mom mom’s go-to remedies. She would make me a glass of hot water, honey, and brandy and then rub Vicks on my chest.
I always felt instantly better (and slightly tipsy). Vicks is an age-old mentholated topical cream intended to relieve head, throat, and chest stuffiness. It uses menthol to elicit a response from receptors in the nose and chest and can work wonders on children with colds or chronic bronchitis.
Vicks has been around for over one hundred years and is one of the most widely used over-the-counter decongestants. Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about unique and unconventional ways to use this odiferous ointment. You’ll be surprised to learn that Vicks VapoRub is a supposed treatment for so much more than just a congested chest.

1. Decongest Your Chest 
The most common use of Vicks is to decongest your chest and throat area. When applied to the upper chest, it provides excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms.

2. On Your Tootsies
Applying Vicks to your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. Within moments your cough will subside—in the morning you’ll wake up a new, hacking free woman.

3. Achy Breaky Muscles
Vicks relieves sore, overworked muscles. It increases circulation and provides almost instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it all over the aching area. (Be sure to warn your bedmate as the stench can ensure a nookie-free night.)

4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus
Rub VapoRub on your toenails if you suspect you have a fungus. Within days, the nail will turn dark—this means the Vicks is killing the fungus. As your toenail grows out, the dark part will grow off and you will have fungus-free feet. Keep applying the ointment over a period of two weeks to fully cleanse nail beds of any remaining bacteria.

5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching
Cats are notorious for scratching every hard surface they get their claws on. To prevent Miss Kitty from ruining your doors, walls, and windows, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these areas. Cats detest the smell and will steer clear. Vicks can also be applied to your arms and legs if your kitty is prone to scratching you.

6. Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent
If your dog or cat is not yet potty trained, put an open bottle of Vicks on the area he or she likes to mark as their territory. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and wetting your rug.

7. Headaches Be Gone
Rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your temples and forehead to help relieve headaches. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve pain.

8. Humidify Your Sleep
Vicks VapoRub can be used in special types of humidifiers and vaporizers. Ensure your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using. The humidifier will circulate Vicks throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night long.

9. Paper Cuts and Splinters
To prevent infection and speed up healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on any small cut or splinter.

10. Ticks and Bugs
If you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and stop bugging you.

11. Reek-free Racehorses
Professional racers smother VapoRub under the nostrils of racehorses on race day. The strong stench deters the stallions from the alluring odor of the female pony and keeps them focused on the race.

12. Go Away Mosquitoes
Vicks wards off mosquitoes. Apply small dabs of Vicks VapoRub to your skin and clothes and mosquitoes will steer clear. If you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a Band-Aid to relieve itching.

According to WebMD, there have been a few complications in children when Vicks is used inappropriately. A few children reacted negatively and ended up hospitalized when Vicks was applied directly under the nose. Though this is extremely rare and only happens to those who are sensitive to Vicks, consumers should use caution when applying it to the face or on young children.

Even though its strong stench may cost me a few friendships, I am definitely heading to the nearest drugstore to stock up on this little blue smelly bottle. After all, I never know the next time I’ll have a headache, or am heading to the racetrack.

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Just a few of these uses alone are worth having Vicks Vaporub take up a little bit of shelf space in my medicine cabinet. The personal uses alone are fantastic, but imagine what it would be worth in a barter economy to someone with a sick family member.

Can you think of any other uses that may have been missed?

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  1. Marian Mihalcik

    I have used Vicks for everything since my mother soaked me with it since I was a baby, and still to this day do not go to bed without putting it in my nose and on my lips. I’m 83 now and take no medicine and am healthy. If I have a congestion in m throat and chest, I melt some on a spoon, pour it into another soon and eat it, haven’t died yet and that takes better care of my congestion then anti-biotics, I keep it on hands forever, couldn’t be without it, it fixes about anything.

    • Gee never thought of eating it, but always put in ears and nose even tho it says not to. Havenet used it in yrs to, need to get some to keep on hand. I love Vicks

      • as far as using Nasal Spray I have known at lest 2 who are addicted to it. I used it on my kids and Grandkids and they are still kicking. I am sure for those who have Allergies or reactions to things would be affected.

    • Gina

      Thanks Marian for your post. I was scared after reading online that it causes lung problems. I have been using it every night for 25 yrs in my nose to help me breathe and I am rarely ill.

  2. Elizabeth

    My mother and grandmother also used Vick’s VapoRub. I do not. It is petroleum based; your skin is an organ – it will absorb anything you put on it or in it. There are NATURAL ways of dealing with any issue that are less dangerous to your body.

    You can find many posts about this; here’s one with a specific warning not to use it on children under the age of 2:

    use of Vick’s Vaporub in children under the age of two can increase mucous production in airways already inflamed by a bacteria or virus, resulting in severe breathing problems. Because very young children have such small airways, excess mucous production can easily cause an obstruction that makes flow of air more difficult, resulting in severe bleeding difficulties. Vick’s Vaporub has been shown in several animal studies to significantly increase the production of mucous.

    Because of renewed concerns about the safety of this ointment, it’s advised that parents abstain from using Vick’s Vaporub in children under the age of two and avoid applying it directly under the nose. Vick’s is characteristically rubbed on the chest of the sick child or used in a steam vaporizer. Even the effectiveness of Vick’s Vaporub has been called into question in some studies with several recent ones showing no benefit for cough or congestion.

    The alternatives? Steam vapor or use of a saline nasal spray is a safer alternative for treating congestion in young children. Keeping a humidifier constantly running can also benefit a child with cough and congestion.

    Vick’s is nothing but petroleum jelly with camphor oil or mentholatum added; you can use camphor oil without petroleum jelly. There are natural/herbal treatments that are more efficacious which pose no threat to the body.

    A mustard poultice on the chest is a tried and true method of treatment, but know what you are doing before you do it; mustard, while natural, produces a great deal of heat and, in too strong a concentration and left on the skin too long, can burn the skin. There are many natural decongestants; one must take the time to learn them.

    Any petroleum based product should not be used on human beings or animals, IMHO.

    • Phillipe

      Vick’s Vaporub has saved the lives of thousands of children in the past. You should look up the reason it was invented, it is a life saver.

    • Willie D

      Elizabeth, Just because this is your belief or your personal feelings does not automatically make you correct. Medically Vick’s has been prescribed, and used for many years, even 100′s actually since it’s beginnings in 1890. Before that indigenous tribes used formulates which I am certain you would not approve of, yet many of them are utilized in medicines and medical practice today. App;ying “petroleum products” to your skin is NOT a bad idea. In fact many of the medicines, bath applications, as well as many daily use products have this great base to them. Just because you do not like oil products, does not mean you are automatically right once again.
      Here is a link to a good reference to the history of, and uses for this great product, Wick’s Vapo-Rub. http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/08/09/vicks-vaporub-has-a-venerable-history/
      I wish you well, and wish you could be less judgmental and more informative, with reasons given as to your beliefs.
      Regards, W.D.

    • Di

      Right On Elizabeth! You can make your own vapo rub using olive oil as the base and therapuetic essential oils (peppermint, eucalyptus, pine, spearmint and myrrh are the ones I use) along with camphor oil if you wish. Research them to see which ones will work best for you and check out their contra-indications to find out which oils should or shouldn’t be used for children, pregnant women etc. A combination of the above plus a little vegetable glycerin &/or vitamin E oil for a fixative (to keep it from spoiling) and a small amt. of unbleached bees wax to thicken (test a drop on a plate until the mixture is a soft consistancy). Put everything in a double boiler and heat just enough to melt the beeswax. Add the bees wax, a small amt. at a time, once everything else is mixed in and keep testing until it’s the consistancy you want. Mine stops coughs as well as opens nasal passages and is totally natural. Make sure any essential oils you use are therapuetic grade and not the 3rd and 4th grade perfume oils like you find in health food stores. I use Young Living Oils. Quality counts! The body cannot metabolize anything that is not natural. The only thing the body can do with the chemicals we put in and on it that cannot be metabolized is to store it. 20 years of research tells me she’s done her homework. Just because something artificial has been used for years and works on the symptoms doesn’t mean it can’t have long term negative side effects. Many products today do use petroleum and other chemical bases and we have seen an alarming (and dramatic) rise in auto immune diseases. Our bodies have become so toxic that our immune systems no longer function as they should. The research is out there, check it out. I have, am and will continue to do so. Hope you all will too.

    • thats bullshit, you can take all that natural crap and put it somewhere. My aunt used mentholatum on me when I was a small child. I do agree that at the age of 2 would be to young,maybe. I think it would depend on situation. Thats the only thing I agree on. I was around 7-8 yrs old I remember. She would put it on my upper lip and rub it onto my chest and put a t- shirt over me to cover me. Then wrap me up in bed. It worked and I remember many times. I still to this day have used it and have always used it for myself and my children and others in the family. It is a life saver and cut with the natural crap. They didnt have that crap when I was a kid growing up. That was a long time ago and Im healthy as a horse. All this natural bullshit is part of whats wrong with this country.

    • Bandalero

      Studies say this and that. You can’t put much faith in anything a study might suggest. Most of those studies have ulterior motives for their coclusions. That being said, I’ve used Vaporub and now the vapoinhaler for many years, and while not perfect, they do provide me with better relief than other more costly products. Vicks vaporub is a gem to have on hand year-round. Now put that in a study!

  3. John Innes

    To protect young seedlings from snails after planting out, take an empty food tin, remove the bottom with the tin opener so it is open both ends, and push it into the soil round the seedling to put a fence round it. Nothing original about this, many gardeners do it. But the snails round here are very determined, and climb in anyway. So we smear a thin 1/2″ wide band of Vicks round the outside of the tin, just below the top. The snails will not cross it.

  4. DonL

    I use a CPAP machine for sleep apnea. I am alergic to the non-alergenic material in the mask. When I first used the mask it would itch after a few minutes and when I woke up the next morning my nose would be raw from an alergic readtion. I put VicksVaporub on my nose and it eliminates the alergic reaction. This may help with other alergic reactions to latex or other non-alergenic material for those with alergic reactions. Good stuff!!!!

    • nancy

      I use a cpap and put vicks around and in my nose to prevent dryness an irritation.

  5. John R

    Number 2 says I will wake up the next morning a new hacking free woman. Does that mean I will have to start to sit while I pee?

  6. captain mike

    Probably makes a dandy firestarter.

  7. Scott

    Rub it into cotton balls for a fire starter. It ignites better than petroleum jelly at higher altitudes

  8. Schneewitchen

    To the person who was concerned about Vicks and children: Olbas oil is a good substitute for Vicks. It is very stinky too, contains 6 medicinal oils: peppermint, Eucalyptus, Cajeput Oil (similar to camphor),Wintergreen, Juniper Berries, Clove Oil. It’s uses are similar to Vicks mentioned in this article, including muscle aches and headache.

    We put it on 1 week old kittens that were given to us, when the mother cat died. Our mom cat just happened to have a few she was nursing at the time. So that she would not reject them, we put the Olbas on her and them, and she immediately adopted them. It would probably work on dogs or any animal you need to get to adopt babies.

    • donald hedderig

      Olbas is great stuff! The problem being that they went from a 4 0z bottle at $9.00 to a 2 1/2 bottle for $16. The bottle does last a considerable time though.

    • Vickie Solien/Hitch

      to the person that put Olbas oil on kittens to get the nursing mom cat to accept them. What we do is rub her kittens onto the new kittens and that might work too. works for us so far.

  9. JC

    As a police officer Vicks is invaluable when going into areas where bodies or decomposition are present. Depending on how bad the future may get it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have some on hand for trying to negotiate areas of town or houses where the stench may be unbearable. Liberal use under the nose and in the nostrils helps handle the worst stench.

    • TSgt B

      Absolutely right, JC. I used to manage apartments and condos, and once we had an elderly resident pass away in August. He wasn’t discovered for 3-4 days, and the stench was horrible. The cops, coroner, and EMTs all used it to mask the smell, and I did until I could buy a surplus M17 gas mask.

  10. James Maxwell

    As a child we always had Vicks in the mendicant cabinet and as listed above it was the go to medication
    that was good for just about everything under the sun from Jellyfish stings, ant bites and a litany of
    other things. As a cub scout and boy scout it was always good to have when you went camping.
    when I was in the AF that was a “must have” in the saving kit, never knew when you might need it.
    Many a young airman found out real quick about how good it was especially in Viet Nam where it helped
    keep your feet clear of Jungle Rot. I keep it handy in my fishing tackle box also the help with problems
    that might arise from time to time.

  11. Dan Kidder

    Emergency Responders have used it for years to mask the smell of decomposing flesh. Just a dab under the nose and you won’t smell anything else.

  12. Karen

    Tea Tree Oil also works like Vicks. Just not as messy. And you can add it to other things like shampoos, liquid hand soap, hand sanitizers, etc. to kill bacteria and even fungus. Although my grandma swore by Vicks for everything, my weapon of choice has become Tea Tree oil.

    • mandy

      I am actually allergic to tea tree.

  13. CaptTurbo

    It’s good to put a dab under your nose on those nights when you or your mate ate too many beans. ;)

    • Gayle

      Hence the name Capt Turbo! Ha Ha Ha

  14. V B

    Also works great when using riding and pack animals for packing out game, a touch in nostrils and the cannot smell the blood,meat or gamey smell

  15. dodger

    Believe it or not, Vicks also cures ringworm! I had a case on my ankle that none of the OTC remedies would fix. While searching the internet, I saw a post that claimed Vicks would do the trick. Within 3-4 days, it was gone!

  16. Gailyn

    If you have tired or hurting feet, just rub a liberal
    amount on bottom feet and between toes, put socks on
    and when you wake up the next morning your feet
    are ready for another day.

  17. It is a good cure for hemmhoids as well. Just apply nightly before bed until gone. I had to do this for about 3 nights in a row. After the first cure it came back twice, and a 3 night course of treatment made it go away again. I haven’t had the problem anymore for well over a year!

  18. Terri

    When I was young I worked at a fast food diner. An older woman shared w/ me a wonderful use of Vicks vapor rub after I burned my hand from using the hot French fryer. As soon as I burned myself she pulled out her bag and brought out a large jar of the Vicks and generously spread it over the burned site. Then immediately immersed a nearby cloth under the water facet (cold water) and took the soaked wet cloth and wrapped my burn. Every 5 minutes she would re-wet the cloth w/ cold water and wrap my burn again and add more vicks. This went on for about 30 minutes and I have to admit it hurt like crazy and I knew for sure when the 30 minutes was done there would be a blister. When I got to remove the cloth from my burn there was not a blister of any kind and the skin was a dark pink that faded as the day wore on. There was no more pain and the skin turned to my regular color. I have used Vicks for all kinds of burns since and if it is used immediately w/ the cold wet compresses until u feel no more pain 30-60 minutes depending on the burn… There will be no blister. It is amazing!!!!! Try it !

    • DrDJ

      I do not recommend this for burns. Anything that “sits on top of the skin”, like oily or petrolium-based products, traps heat in. I understand she put the cold wrap on it. More than likely this treatment would have worked without the Vicks. This is why putting butter on burns, like they used to do in the olden days, is a definite no-no. The best thing for burns is cold water (unless we are talking about severe 3rd degree burns over a large area. In that case, get to a hospital). Once the heat is out of the burn and there is no open wound, then you can put a moisturizer to help with dry skin. But the shin is already dead, so it will flake off eventually anyway.

  19. First of all, you only need to put VS on soles of feet with socks on, go to bed and no more coughing. You do not have to rub it all over your feet. I had coughed for six months, and finally had been coughing for three nights straight, meaning no sleep day or night. When I put the VS to my foot, before I ever rubbed it in, I quit coughing.

    The only sure danger to children or anyone, especially children, is leaving the VS on in the daytime when the child goes out into the wind or cold. Pneumonia is a great risk. I never let mine keep it on their chest in the daytime unless they were snug in bed.

    Tea tree oil should never be used for consumption or skin use on MALES, especially anyone under 21. Check it out. Boobs and infertility are two consequences. Okay, I am not looking it up, so maybe it is one or the other.

    Just because something is “natural” or an “herb” does not mean it is safe to use. Petroleum is natural also. So is arsenic.

    Tonight, I have an unbearable headache that has been coming on and getting worse every day. In a few minutes, I will smear a little VS under my nose. I also take the open bottle to bed with me and hold it under my nose while I sleep with my head under the sheet. I will awake with the bottle somewhere, but still will have the benefit of the breathing it in my nose.

    Almost everything carries a risk. I am 67 and have had this used on me or by me since I was about 4. I never used VS on an infant since I was never sure if it was okay. The product does say that it is for children over 2-years-old.

    • Tea tree doesn’t hurt men. That charge was leveled at essential oil of lavender but was bogus, more likely the plasticizers in the shampoo (or hormone fed chicken.) Millions of men work growing, harvesting and manufacturing lavender products and the only charge came from the same doctor with unverified exposure levels. Men don’t grow man boobs from tea tree either including those who harvest it. (Hops on the other hand is known to cause breast distention, so watch your beer -and soy.)

  20. Great Grey

    For me #1 is a BIG NO NO, it makes me more congested. So don’t think it is ok for everyone.

  21. As a child, my fondest memory of having a cold (if there is such a thing as a fond cold memory) was having Vicks rubbed on my chest. The warmth it created gave a sense of comfort and reassurance that I was going to be able to sleep throughout the night.

    The other ideas in this post will definitely be tried out. I’ve got a female cat that likes to pee in certain areas of the house (bad nerves – hers and mine…lol)

  22. Cheryl O.

    In regards to those who think all petroleum products absorb into your skin, they do NOT. Vaseline (the base for Vicks) is made up of molecules far TOO BIG to absorb into your skin! It’s perfectly safe! I have been a nurse well over 30 years now and we learned in basic chemistry, that molecules that big do NOT absorb. They “disappear” when toched against other things and then rub off.

  23. junipers

    Boy, lots of negativity about this article. When SHTF, I have Vicks and I also have my essential oils and comfrey to balance alternative treatments. My mother used Vicks on me as a child (I’m 62 now) with no ill side effects. In the end, it just comes down to what you feel most comfortable using. There’s no reason to be disrespectful to each other, or to think your way is the only way. We can learn from each other in a positive way. Hey, in the end, I learned some alternative ways to use Vicks and right now, that’s why I try to glean as much information as I can. I really enjoyed the article and appreciated reading it. Thank you~informative!

  24. Carol M

    Never put Vicks ( or any other petroleum jelly) into nose. If it travelers into lungs it cannot be removed and will cause a type a disease process (a type of pneumonia – sorry, I can’t remember details) that will be chronic. I know it doesn’t happen to everyone but why take the risk. Applying under nose and on chest or neck is enough.

  25. ken stuart

    For those of you who use Vicks, I’m pleased that you’ve been able to get relief from it. For those of you who have looked to Google for reasons not to use it should utilize that information for your own purposes. Presumably, there are no deaths from its’ use and, certainly, all of those Mothers using it would have detected anything at all problematic. Stop casting doubt on tried and true methods of “down-home” medicine.

  26. tiger

    My wife called it husband repelant

  27. richard1941

    Headache: My ex-girlfriend was from China. I had a headache, so she got out a tiny bottle of lilac oil with a Chinese label. I scoffed at such nonsense, but she put a drop of that stuff on her finger and applied it to the center of my forehead. It burned a little bit like Vick’s would. And… it worked! I was amazed.

    All of this talk has me going to the drug store to get some Vick’s to experiment with. I wonder if it could be a headache remedy.

    And also, I wonder if it could be a good fire starter when mixed with drier lint or a cotton ball…

    And I wonder if I could use it on the cork joints of my oboe instead of chapstick…

    • Sullyway

      It is vaseline(petroleum jelly)based, just smells better burning. :)

  28. Nexpar

    “Applying Vicks to your feet provides nighttime cough relief. Generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. Within moments your cough will subside—in the morning you’ll wake up a new, hacking free woman.”

    So does this work for men…. or will I wake up as a “new, hacking free woman.”?

  29. Kate1031

    My Mom put Vicks on us whenever we had a cold or whatever. I thought and still think it smells great so what’s wrong with me? My Mom put it in her nose or Vaseline and lived to be 95. When I smell it I think of Mom’s love and home. It’s a great association.
    It probably has many more uses, being a petroleum product I wouldn’t be surprised if it would help ignite a flame for a campfire in a pinch. put some on a cotton ball and it might ignite. if you needed fire out in the woods, that means a little on a cotton ball would give you fire. thats useful.
    a product that has been around and used as much as vicks, i tend to trust. what i dont trust are all these “natural” products like C0Q10 which almost killed me.

    • CoQ10 almost killed you? How? Why? Really want this Info. Please. Thx.C.

  30. Kenneth Lewis

    Extremely informative.

  31. tricia

    Buy 2 in lieu of 1 – Saw special about oil & oil products recently. Might be taken from retail shelf soon.

  32. Renee

    I use Vicks Vaporub nearly every night under my nose and around my lips (psoriasis) to keep it under control…also on my elbows or any other area that has an outbreak of psoriasis. It is an anti-fungal which is why it helps with the psoriasis and toenail fungus, as well as stuffy noses and colds.

  33. Adrienne

    VIcks will get rid of sinus headaches and will open up clogged ears. Rub behind ears and back of neck. Been using for years! Never with out my Vicks. I like the creamy Vicks best.

  34. Bonnie Thompson

    Use it on ANY chapped skin. I use it on my lips (no, it doesn’t taste bad) and I’ve had prescriptions for that that doesn’t work as well. Use it on your hands by putting some on your palm, add a bit of hand lotion and rub it in. You will never be without it!

  35. Dice

    I know two people that will put the Vicks on their throats on the OUT SIDE but will also INJEST THIS AS WELL!!!!
    How serious is it to do this????

  36. When I was a kid and had a sore throat,my mom would rub Vicks on my neck,lay a sock on the wood stove untill it was warm,then wrap the sock around my neck and pin it.It works for a sore throat

  37. Bryan

    Vicks is the best Chapstick for cold climates

  38. Dee Scott

    I use Vick’s to deflect stronge odors when doing smelly jobs

  39. Virginia Whatts

    Whenever you are in an area where the air is compromised with smoke, specks of dust, etc., you put the vicks just in your nose (not too much) and it will act as a screen and keep the smoke and dust from entering your lungs. My father was a lithographer years back and many of the people who worked at that printing press died of cancer of the lungs due to the graphite and other chemicals used. My father did not and he always thanked Vicks Vapor Rub for this; he used it every day.

  40. Tiffany

    Best remedy for relief of itching when you get a bad sunburn.

  41. JJ

    My dad was a police officer for 14 years, and would often have to deal with homicide situations. On TV shows they rarely address it, but dead body smells terrible. My dad would rub a little Vicks under his nose so that all he would be able to smell was the Vicks. Just thought I should share :)

  42. Ive heard you can put it on a cottonball and use it as fuel to start fires. Ive never tried, but was intrigued, has anyone else heard of this and/or tried it?? Just curious, but greatly increase its barter worth and potential.

  43. Donna Melendez

    I you have an earache rub Vick’s in front & behind the affected ear and down the neck below the ear @ bedtime. The Vick’s will open up the eustation tube and drain any fluid collected in the ear therefore relieving any pressure causing pain. It really works.


    LOVE this product, and have used it all my life, thanks to my mother, who faithfully, applied this to my chest when I had coughs, but, I have recently found out that its now made in MEXICO!!! Not sure about you…but this gives me heartburn. Losing American jobs, to support other countries, is not worth supporting to ME..Write the makers of Vicks (Proctor and Gamble) and let them know how you feel about this. We NEED to get jobs back in America. Please support this.

  45. lisa millett

    achy joints and /muscle cramps and spasms it helps if your joints are inflamed surprisingly and the pain decreases.

  46. Jonathan Thibodeau

    You forgot the Graves Registration thing

  47. Cheryl James

    Any time I got a soar throat as a child my grandmother would rub Vicks on my neck, then wrap a sock or towel which ever she could find around my neck and put me to bed. When I got up the next morning the soar throat would be gone.

  48. Victor

    Pretty sure I watched Les Stroud use it to start a fire, or maybe that was vaseline. Yep Vaseline, nevermind.

  49. Jeffrey Stevens

    Thanks for the tips using Vicks. Although I have heard of some of them, I am new to a few. I appreciate the info!

  50. josh

    When applied to the eye lids helps to relieve welders flash burn will cause eyes to tear but you get to sleep faster than potatoes

  51. I really believe in Vicks and also the brandy that i had used at home was always ginger flavored brandy the heat was there SO IT REALLY GOT TO YOUR sore throat thanks

  52. Chey

    I have used it under my nose on my top lip for having to deal with extremely unpleasant odors, such as cleaning after a hoarding case, working with foul necrotic wounds, or other smells that can occur in healthcare.

  53. Sandy

    You can also put it on a dogs nose to keep a male from bothering a female in heat.

  54. I’ve used Vicks vapo rub all my life

  55. I loved Vick’s as a child but grew to prefer red Tiger Balm which is similar but redolent of cinnamon and spicy resins. And you can make your own versions and customize them to your family’s needs. http://www.acupuncturebrooklyn.com/alternative-health/making-your-own-tiger-balm

  56. Vickie Solien/Hitch

    Been using Vicks since little and used it on my child. Love the smell and always have some. A different use that I was told was, use it on my hands, just a bit for smell and it stopped our dog from mouthing our hands (his teeth were sharp).

  57. My favourite use is to rub it on my dist mask to cover putrid odors. In a scenario like Katrina, this would be huge to your overall comfort.

  58. kelley greco

    dirty diapers sometimes we use it in the nursin dirty diapers sometimes we use it in the nursing homes to put under our noses if we have feces vomit ect

  59. Bryan

    For sore throats put a little dab on your tongue and let it melt!

  60. Fran

    I can vouch for #4. It took a few months, but by golly, it worked!

  61. Helen Harper

    I actually like the smell of camphor, which is what gives Vicks its strong smell. You can also put a little Vicks along the edges of your pillow to keep you breathing easier all night.

  62. Meadow

    I grew up with Vicks on my chest and feet when sick. And a cup of hot water with a
    Shot of brandy, lemon and honey.
    Those were my mothers,”go to’s” when we where sick also.
    That all she ever used.
    Nice to know its not just us.

    • Sullyway

      My mom is an old country girl. I got the same treatment as you except it was hot water and a shot of Early Time bourbon whiskey. I remember that there is to this day a pint bottle kept up in the spice cabinet in the kitchen. We kids new this was medicinal use only and we never got into for other purposes.

  63. Barbara Barber

    Vicks on a little tissue put in the nostrils makes it easier to change poopy diapers. I have a picture of my husband with vicks up his nose and our son’s nose. He figured the baby didn’t want to smell it either.

  64. Stepanie

    As veterinarians we use Vicks under our nose when performing autopsies on large animals, like cattle, that may have been deceased for a day or two. It helps block the smell.

  65. charlene

    Sorry, but #5 is not accurate. My cat actually will wrap her paws around my hand and obsessively lick it clean if I have Vicks on it. I dont know about other cats, but its not exactly a deterrent for her.

  66. Kathy Anderson

    I have a friend who SWEARS by Vicks! He says it will cure a nail fungus! Maybe he’s right! I’ll try it! I have always used it to breathe easier when I have a cold… so I guess I’ll keep it around! :)

  67. Rick

    rub a cotton ball in it and lite. makes a great fire starter

  68. Sullyway

    I am 57 and have used Vicks since I was a small child. Colds, coughs, nail fungus etc. The stuff is great but not as good as 20 years ago.
    I have several old jars than I hoard religiously. You see, somewhere back about that time they took out several crucial ingredients, 1.Spirits of turpentine(not a petroleum product, distilled from pine gum or resin) and Myristica oil. This is off the old jars ingredients list. The newer jar I have has nutmeg oil added instead. I do get faster relief using the older formula.

  69. Mark Tinney

    Rubbing it on my feet, that was a great idea until I read that I would wake up a woman.

  70. Jock Itch! Burns but went away overnight!

  71. Dolores Talbot

    I have been using Vicks Vaporub all my life for minor burns, and also for sunburn…. it immediately takes the sting away, also headaches..just rub your temples and forehead if necessary… It has been a miracle drug in our family for decades. I have asthma and I rub it under my nostrils at night and it keeps me breathing with no problems…