Vicks VapoRub is a bit of an institution as far as over-the-counter medicine is considered, perhaps because it functions so differently from other types of nonprescription treatments. Whereas medicine these days is usually contained in pills or effervescent tablets, Vicks treats your ailments with vapors. Bridie Cavanaugh at eHow
says camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol, the three most important ingredients in Vicks, relieve congestion and coughing when breathed in. The product also works as a good topical analgesic for other issues.
All of this is fairly common knowledge, but did you know about Vicks’ other useful properties? There are plenty of home remedies out there for different kinds of issues that involve the fresh, strong-smelling ointment. Here are a few of them:
For standard headaches, AnswersVideo (in the video below) suggests applying some Vicks to your temples for quick pain relief. If you’re suffering from a sinus headache instead, Livestrong
recommends putting ointment under your nose and breathing in slowly and deeply.
2. Muscle aches
Massage Vicks (get here
) over the muscles that are causing pain, then wrap them in a dry, warm towel for a while, according to LiveStrong.
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