Who doesn’t have VapoRub in the house? It’s a staple item that everyone should have on hand at all times. Aside from being a great thing for colds and the flu, there is so much more it can be used for! Let’s take a look at some amazing VapoRub hacks that we all should know about.
Prevent Cat Scratches
If you happen to have a cat, then you must be familiar with their sharp claws. Of course, that means you know the feeling of getting scratched by them. It’s quite painful, as you must know by now. The good news is that there is a solution to that. It just so happens to be VapoRub (shocking, we know). Grab your trusty tub and rub some of it to the area your cat normally aims for. Cats as a rule don’t like the smell – at all. Meaning that it will definitely avoid the area.
We all suffer from headaches every now and again. Some more than others, naturally. Well, if you find nothing is working to relieve the pain, look no further than that jar of VapoRub you have in the medicine cabinet. Dab a little bit onto your temples. The reason this works is that it contains menthol. Since menthol activates receptors that produce a cooling sensation and help soothe an overactive nervous system.
Soothe Inflamed Skin
Another great use for VapoRub is for inflamed skin and conditions like eczema. This is thanks to the antimicrobial ingredients in it like menthol. This will soothe inflamed areas of the skin and reduce the redness and pain. As we’ve mentioned, this ingredient produces a cooling effect, meaning that it reduces the heat – and therefore, the inflammation. Essentially, it’s similar to placing a cool ice pack on the skin.
Help Sore Muscles
Menthol and methyl salicylate are both ingredients that are known counterirritants. The way they work is by causing the skin to feel cool and then warm later on. This tends to distract you from the aching feeling you have in your muscles. Massage some VapoRub on the tender area, cover it with a warm towel, and relax. Do this after you tackle over 5KM on your runs. Or whenever you feel the need for it, really.
No, we’re not kidding. VapoRub can help fade minor bruises on the skin. It works since it can help lessen the swelling and inflammation. This hack will work best if you apply the VapoRub as soon as you feel a bruise coming on rather than waiting for it to fully develop. All the same, once the bruise formed, you can still try dabbing on some of the rub and have it subside slightly. Next time you have an unwanted bruise, you’ll be prepared.
Ease A Cough
This one is obvious, of course. All the same, it’s an essential one so we felt compelled to include it in our list. VapoRub is the best thing for easing coughs that are caused by colds. The chest rub is perfect to relieve the phlegm that builds up and causes the nasty cough. This hack is one for everyone to know, that’s for sure. Don’t worry when a family member is fighting a cold and coughing up a storm – now you have the solution.
Get Rid Of Blemishes
Just like those DIY hacks that tell you to dab toothpaste on a zit, some people are convinced VapoRub helps dry up pimples overnight. Some ingredients in the rub might help take care of pimples. All the same, other ingredients might just contribute to already clogged pores and make things worse. In short, we recommend you opt for good spot treatments instead if you don’t want to risk anything.
Heal Minor Cuts
Here’s another reason to keep some VapoRub in your first-aid kit at all times. It can help heal minor scratches and scrapes. Since the formula is thick, waxy, and has antiseptic properties, it can help create a barrier over the cut and ward off infection as a result. Apply a thick layer to clean skin once or twice a day until the wound is completely healed. Do not use the rub on an open would though. If you notice any stinging or burning where you applied it, wash it off immediately.
Soothe Cracked Heels
Do you happen to suffer from dry and cracked skin on the heels of your feet? It seems like we all do. Now you’ll know what to do about it. Slather those heels with some VapoRub, put on some socks, and leave them on for the night. Aside from the fact that your feet will then smell minty fresh, they will be left super soft and moisturized. This hack might just be the most well-known one. It works, that’s why!
Heal Insect Bites
Seeing as VapoRub has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, it helps speed up the recovery process when it comes to insect bites. The menthol helps reduce the swelling and soothe any itching you might be having from the bite. We all know how irritating it is to have mosquito bites that won’t stop itching! This will totally resolve the issue and leave you itch-free while also reducing that pesky redness.