The Vicks VapoRub ointment is a mentholated topical cream which has been used on the chest, back and throat for cough suppression due to the common cold or on muscles and joints for minor aches and pains for a long time. It is the most commonly used over-the-counter decongestant, but you should know that the ointment can be used in a lot of different ways.

Here are 20 brilliant ways to use VapoRub:

  1. Sinus headaches

To relieve your sinus headaches, put some Vicks under your nose and inhale deeply. The menthol content is a great ingredient for soothing your headaches.

  1. Mosquito repellent

Put some Vicks on your clothes to keep the nasty mosquitoes away.

  1. Treats acne

Apply some Vicks on the affected areas on your skin to clear acne and other skin problems. It will dry out the acne and relieve the inflammation.

  1. Repels insects

Rub some Vicks on your inner knees, elbows, neck and behind your ears to keep bugs at bay. If you’re on a picnic, put an open bottle of Vicks to keep flies aways.

  1. Heals bruises

Mix some VapoRub and some salt and apply the mixture on the bruise to accelerate the healing of bruises or wounds.

  1. Alleviates sore muscles

Massage your sore muscles with VapoRub, then cover the area with a warm towel. Lie down until the pain goes away and repeat the process three times a day for best results.

  1. Moisturizes your skin

The amazing VapoRub can moisturize the dry skin on your body – just put some on the affected areas and you’ll soon see positive results.

  1. Tennis elbow

If you want to get rid of the pain caused by tennis elbow, apply some VapoRub on the affected area and you will soon feel the pain go away due to the presence of camphor and menthol in the ointment.

  1. Treats cracked heels

In order to keep your feet healthy and smooth, you need to apply some VapoRub on them and put on socks before you go to bed, then wash your feet with warm water in the morning. In addition, you can also exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone.

  1. Fingernail and toenail fungus

Apply VapoRub on the affected nails a couple of times a day then put on your socks. Trim your nails regularly until you remove the infected part.

  1. Relieves chest congestion and cough

Treating chest congestion and cough associated with colds is what made the ointment so popular.

  1. Keep your kitty’s nails under control

Rub Vicks everywhere in your home to keep your cat from scratching your furniture.

  1. Heals cuts and splinters

Put Vicks on the affected areas to speed up the healing process and prevent infections.

  1. Reek-free racehorses

In order to keep their horses focused on the race, professional racers often put some Vicks under their noses. This keeps the horses unable to smell the female ponies which keeps their heads in the race.

  1. Stretch marks

To reduce the appearance of the unsightly stretch marks, apply some Vicks on them every day and you should see big improvements in 2 weeks.

  1. Prevent your pet peeing inside

Place an open bottle of VapoRub in different areas of your house to keep your pet from peeing in these areas.

  1. Eczema treatment

Applying VapoRub on the affected area will get rid of the inflammation and itching caused by this skin condition.

  1. Relieves ear pain

Put a cotton ball with VapoRub in the affected ear and you should notice immediate improvement. Another option is to warm a garlic clove then apply Vicks on it and insert the clove in the opening of the painful ear.

  1. Athlete’s foot

In order to relieve the infection, put VapoRub on the affected areas a couple times a day.

  1. Removes warts

Apply VapoRub on the warts twice a day and cover the area with a gauze or sock – this will remove the warts in only days! Continue with the treatment until the wart completely disappears.