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It’s interesting how some common household items can have a wide range of uses around the house. Take for instance, Vick’s VapoRub. This popular ointment is normally used for treatment of coughs, headaches, stuffy nose, throat and chest

But aside from being a powerful decongestant, this ointment can come in handy in a number of other unexpected situations. Read on and find out why you should always have a jar of Vick’s VapoRub at hand.

1# Relieve headaches

Vick’s contains menthol, which is extremely beneficial for relieving headaches. Simply apply some of the ointment under your nose and inhale deeply.

2# Repel mosquitoes

The strong mint-smell of VapoRub can effectively keep mosquitoes away. Just rub some on your clothes and skin.

3# Treat acne

If you’re dealing with acne or some sort of skin inflammation, apply some of the ointment on the affected area several times a day.

4# Repel insects

If you’re a picnic lover, you don’t have to fear pesky bugs any more. Just rub some Vick’s on your neck, inner knees, elbows, and behind your ears. Open a jar of Vick’s and keep flies away.

5# Heal bruises

Speed up the healing of bruises by combining a pinch of salt and Vicks and applying it onto a fresh bruise. This prevents color changing and swelling.

6# Soothe sore muscles

Use this pungent-smelling ointment to massage your aching muscles. After the massage, wrap the affected area with a warm and dry towel. Raise your aching limb and relax until the pain subsides. Do the treatment 3 times a day.

7# Hydrate your skin

If you have dry skin, you can nourish it by smearing some VapoRub on.

8# Tennis elbow

You can easily relieve pain from tennis elbow by rubbing in some of the ointment. VapoRub contains menthol and camphor, both of which are extremely efficient in soothing muscle pain.

9# Cracked hea

To soothe and heal cracked heals, rub some Vick’s on, then put on a pair of warm socks. Leave overnight then rinse in the morning. You can exfoliate hard skin using a pumice stone. Do the treatment every night.

10# Nail fungus

Vick’s can effectively treat fingernail and toenail fungus. Apply it on the affected nail twice a day then put on a pair of cotton socks. Trim the nail step by step until the infected part falls out.

11# Relieve congestion and cough

To relieve congestion and cough, gently rub Vicks onto your chest and throat.

12# Protect your furniture from your pet

To prevent damage to furniture, rub some Vick’s to your walls, furniture and windows. This will keep your cat away.

13# Heal cuts and splinters

Vick’s can prevent infections as well as speed up the healing process of cuts and splinters.

14# Reek-free Racehorses

On the day of the race, professional racers apply the ointment under the nostrils of their racehorses to keep them distracted from the smell of female ponies and focused on the race.

15# Stretch marks

You can apply some Vick’s on stretch marks to reduce their appearance. Use regularly for 2-3 weeks to see improvements.

16# Control your pet’s peeing

Prevent your dog from peeing on the carper by opening a bottle of Vick’s in the area where your dog likes to pee the most.

17# Treat eczema

Relieve eczema-induced itching and inflammation by gently rubbing some Vick’s on the affected skin.

18# Relieve earache

To treat an earache, dip a cotton ball into the ointment then insert it into your ear. This will give you instant relief. Or, warm a garlic clove in your microwave for 10 seconds. Put a pinch of Vicks on one of its ends then carefully place the clove in your ear.

19# Athlete’s foot

Apply the ointment twice a day to treat Athlete’s foot.

20# Get rid of warts

Vick’s can treat warts too. Simply apply some of the ointment on the wart then cover with gauze. If doing the treatment regularly, the wart will fall off in 2 weeks.

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