VapoRub is an old school medicinal ointment that is still used by many people today. It consists of a variety of different essential oils and is commonly used to treat coughs and the common cold by rubbing it on the chest and throat area. It is also used to treat minor muscle and joint pain.
Although these benefits already make VapoRub a multi-beneficial product, it has so many more uses than the ones just written on the label. You can even make your own homemade VapoRub with all of the benefits but without the harmful additives that are put into it by Proctor & Gamble. But first, let’s look at all of the unknown benefits of VapoRub.
Curing Toenail Fungus
Although it may seem far-fetched, VapoRub is actually very effective at treating toenail fungus. In fact, this has even been proven by clinical trials, not just personal testimony. One study consisting on 18 patients found that 56% of them showed significant improvement in signs and symptoms, while only 17% experienced no improvement.
To use VapoRub for toenail fungus, apply a small amount of it to the infected area on a daily basis using a cotton swab.
VapoRub is often recommended by veterinarians as an effective way to train your pet. For example, if you have a cat or a dog that is not housebroken and keeps going in a specific place in the house, apply VapoRub to that area to deter them from doing their business there. This works the same for cats who keep scratching up furniture. Simply apply VapoRub to the piece of furniture being clawed by your cat and its strong scent is sure to keep them away.
Natural Bug Repellent
We all know about the harmful chemicals found in most bug repellents, thankfully the essential oils found in VapoRub provide us with a natural, healthy alternative. Similar to the way that it repels larger animals, small pesty insects such as flies, bees and mosquitoes can’t handle the strong, fresh scent of VapoRub.
If you want to use it as a personal bug repellent, simply apply VapoRub to any of the exposed areas of your body. If you have an insect infestation in your house, rub it into any of the areas where they tend to congregate.
VapoRub is effective at treating pain caused by ear infections as well as aiding in healing them. This is due to the fact that it contains camphor oil, which is an extract of the camphor tree. It is a natural anesthetic and kills pain in the area that it is applied to and is said to cause numbness immediately after application.
It also has powerful antibacterial and antifungul properties, making it an effective treatment for ear infections. To use VapoRub for earaches, simply apply a small amount of it to a cotton ball and place it in your ear for a few minutes several times a day. This should help reduce pain caused by ear infections.
Removing ticks is a painful and annoying process, whether you’re removing it from your pet or from yourself. Thankfully, the natural insect-repelling properties of VapoRub make it effective at getting rid of ticks. Applying it to the area surrounding the tick may make it release itself on its own accord, or at least help loosen its grip.
Although VapoRub contains many beneficial ingredients, it is a petroleum based product. Petroleum has been linked to a variety of health problems, making it best to avoid this. This is why I’m going to show you how to make your own, all-natural VapoRub with all of the same health benefits.
20 drops of camphor oil
20 drops of eucalyptus oil
20 drops of peppermint oil
2 tablespoons of beeswax pellets
1/2 cup of coconut oil
Melt your beeswax pellets into your coconut oil and mix
Add your essential oils to the mixture (use only half of the recommended amount if you are going to be using on babies, children or pets)
Stir the mixture more until all ingredients are well mixed
Place them into a small container such as mini jars or chap stick cases
You can apply this mixture the same way that you would use regular VapoRub.
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