By Andrea Marchiano
Feel a sniffle or a stuffy nose coming on? You probably reach for Vicks VapoRub. And that’s a good idea, as the menthol-rich formula is a winner when it comes to clearing sinuses and soothing the symptoms of colds. But the tried-and-tested ointment is actually more versatile than you think! If you rub it on your feet at night, you’re sure to reap the benefits come morning. Here’s why that weird trick works – along with 29 other handy tips that you should definitely know about.
20. It moisturizes a dry scalp
Perhaps you’re having a bad reaction to a new shampoo, or maybe you’re just getting older. Regardless of the reason, you have a dry scalp, which isn’t just uncomfortable, but also aesthetically displeasing. No one wants flakes of dead skin appearing on their head, after all.
Herbal scalp salve
Luckily, you can quench a dry scalp with the help of Vicks VapoRub, as the petroleum and eucalyptus contained within the ointment help make it an effective salve. Shortly before bed, simply work a thin layer of VapoRub over the driest areas of your head, then sleep with it in place.
19. It hastens the healing of bruises
Did you know that it typically takes about two weeks for a bruise to fade away? We certainly didn’t! But you’ll no doubt remember how your last bruise seemed to go through all the colors of the rainbow as it healed. That’s because blood is slowly being reabsorbed into your body, although the process doesn’t always look pretty.
Cooling and soothing
So, if you don’t want to wait around and watch your bruise turn a gross hue, turn to Vicks VapoRub. The product’s menthol will both cool down the area and help with the pain that came with your initial injury. Neat! The camphor in the VapoRub will tamp down the inflammation, too. And, altogether, these effects speed up the healing process. Can’t say better than that.