Think VapoRub is just for cold and flu season? You can do more with VapoRub than you think. That little jar gathering dust in your bathroom cabinet may have more uses than you know about. We’ve uncovered 5 clever things you can do with it.
Use it to make invigorating shower bombs, or try it as an analgesic rub, antiseptic, insect repellant or toenail fungus treatment. Get the details below...
VapoRub is a blend of camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oil, all of which work as cough suppressants. Inactive ingredients include cedarleaf oil, nutmeg oil, thyme oil and turpentine oil, which have some antiseptic and analgesic properties, and petroleum jelly as a base. Most people are familiar with VapoRub’s soothing effects on a stuffy nose or congested chest, but its usefulness can go well beyond helping you breathe easier.
Try making VapoRub shower bombs: Mix 3 tablespoons of VapoRub with 1 cup of cornstarch and 5 tablespoons of water. Divide the mixture into molds or ice cube trays and freeze until solid, then store in an airtight container. Drop one near the drain of your shower the next time congestion hits, then turn on the hot water and breathe in the healing steam.
Camphor and menthol are both effective topical analgesics. In fact, you can find both in most sports rubs and arthritis creams. The heating effect that VapoRub creates on your skin comes primarily from these ingredients, an effect similar to topical capsaicin. If you’re in a fix and need to ease an achy joint or muscle, give VapoRub a try.
Eucalyptus oil is a powerful antiseptic. In one study, it effectively killed Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), two highly infectious and dangerous bacteria. Try VapoRub on pimples in place of more expensive products. Just make sure not to use it anywhere you might accidentally ingest it.
According to Consumer Reports, eucalyptus oil can be as effective in repelling mosquitoes as deet, without the potential side effects. Getting eaten alive and don’t have anything better to use? Try putting a little VapoRub on a bandana to wear around your neck or head or rub some along the base of your neck.
It might sound bizarre, but VapoRub may be an effective treatment for toenail fungus. In one study, 15 of 18 participants saw notable differences in their toenail health after applying VapoRub to affected areas for 48 weeks. Five people saw complete clearance of their infections. VapoRub appears to be at least as effective, and in many cases a lot safer, than other conventional treatments.
VapoRub could be considered a must-have for your bathroom medicine cabinet. As great of a staple as it can be for flu season, it has all sorts of great year-round uses. Give them a try and see just how useful VapoRub can be.
~ Here’s to Your Health and Wellness