Vicks VapoRub - A Little Pot Of Medicinal Magic


What is Vicks VapoRub?

Vicks VapoRub is an over-the-counter ointment that treats congested areas of the nose, throat and chest. The rub is composed from Camphor, Turpentine oil, Levomenthol and Eucalyptus oil; renowned ingredients that help ease symptoms of colds, coughs, chest infections etc. These three key components work very well together and there isn't a house or home that doesn't keep a tub of Vicks VapoRub handy in the medicine cabinet. As a decongestant, Vicks VapopRub works wonders for clogged catarrh that builds up in the chest area. The soothing Camphor oil can help with breathing when the nose is blocked. Many mix a solution of hot water and a teaspoon of Vicks VapoRub. When put in a basin and the fumes inhaled directly, it can bring relief to sore throats and streaming noses. Vicks VapoRub is a firm favourite for treating children's colds too, as it's effective and gentle at the same time.

Ingredient effects

It's worth noting the benefits of Camphor, Turpentine and Levomenthol as separate entities. Camphor comes from the bark of the Camphor tree. Camphor has many uses and is especially good as a treatment for skin conditions and swelling.
Vicks VapoRub - a little pot of medicinal magic
It's even been used to treat heart disease. Similarly, turpentine oil comes from the Pine tree. We usually associate it with cleaning agents that can remove tough substances like paint. As well as acting as a great decongestant, it is a very effective pain killer when used on the skin as it soothes problematic nerve, muscle or joint conditions. Levomenthol is the full name for menthol which is taken from mint oil. It can really help ease pain, swelling and blocked noses and chests. Menthol is an ingredient that can be the foundation base of most cough mixtures sold over the counter. It's no surprise then when we continue to come up with new uses for Vicks VapoRub which contains all three super oils.

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