12 Alternative Uses & Benefits Of Vicks VapoRub For Cough, Headache, Acne, Stretch Marks & Chest Congestion

The first thing we reach out for when we have a headache is Vicks vaporub and all of us are so used to applying vicks vaporub for treating cold and headaches, that it is rare to find a home without a bottle of vicks vapor rub. I was the same too, I use to even pack a bottle or two for my son when he was leaving for his hostel.

Vicks Vaporub:

One fine day, I came across a journal that listed the potential side effects of using commercial Vicks vaporub, vicks vaporub actually increases the mucus production and causes respiratory discomfort.

Also it has petrolatum as a base which does more harm than good. When I was searching for a natural replacement for vicks vaporub, I came across a product made by our local tribes people with beeswax and eucalyptus and I loved it to the core.

It also gave me an idea to try my own homemade Vicks vaporub using beeswax and essential oils. It is so much easier to make and so pure that it can be used even for babies without any side effects.

Homemade Vaporub:

Most of the time, I make my own homemade Vicks vaporub and if I don’t, I try to buy beeswax based vicks vaporub from local green shops. Though I mainly use Vicks for treating cold and headaches, I have also found many other wonderful uses for it and I wanted to share them with all of you.

Homemade vicks vaporub has multiple uses at home, it can be used to ward off mosquitoes, treat toe nail infections, reduce stretch marks and much more. Below I have given the many different ways to use homemade vapor rub, try the ones that you like. You can find the link for making homemade vicks vaporub here.

Though you can use commercial vicks vaporub too, I would suggest doing your own research about the pros and cons before using it. In my personal opinion, I would suggest not using commercial vicks vaporub for steaming and using it on the inhaler to ward of mosquitoes mentioned below………..

12 Top Benefits & Uses Of Vicks Vaporub:

1.  For Treating Toenail Fungus: 

This homemade vaporub is very effective for treating for treating toenail fungus effectively, the essential oils used in the recipe have anti fungal properties. For the remedy, soak your feet in vinegar foot soak and then apply this homemade vicks vapourub.

2. For Headache:

This homemade vicks vaporub is very effective for treating headaches. For treating headaches, take a little bit of homemade vicks vaporub and massage it gently on the forehead. A wonderful remedy for treating headache for both children and adults very safely.

3. For Chest Congestion & Cough:

For treating chest congestion, take homemade vicks vaporub and rub gently on the chest. Eucalyptus essential oil in the recipe helps rid of chest congestion and cough very effectively. Adding a tsp of homemade vicks vaporub and steaming also will greatly helps chest congestion and sinus infections.

4. For Toddlers and Babies:

This homemade vicks vaporub can be used safely for babies and toddlers. I have used unrefined coconut oil for making this vicks vaporub which is very very good for using it on babies skin. You can massage their chest and feet and after massaging the feet, put on socks to keep the feet warm during cold winter months. Whenever you are making vicks vaporub for treating toddlers and babies, try to use only unrefined oils for best results….

5. As A Mosquito Repellent:

Vicks vaporub can be used as a wonderful mosquito repellent too. For warding off mosquitoes, take little bit of the vicks vaporub in a diffuser. I use my cute little electric diffuser that I got the last time I was traveling. Just plug it in and switch on to get rid of the mosquitoes.

6. For Treating Dry Skin: 

This homemade vicks vaporub is great for treating dry skin. If you run out of moisturizing cream and have this homemade vicks vaporub at home, it will be a good substitute. Especially if you make this vaporub with lavender essential oil like mentioned in the recipe, it will smell really good too..:)

7. For Treating Acne:

Vicks vaporub is a simple remedy for treating acne. If you break out and need a quick simple remedy, then just dab this homemade vicks vaporub on the spots. Eucalyptus essential oil is good remedy for treating acne and coconut oil is very very soothing too.

8. For Treating Achy Muscles:

Homemade vicks vaporub is great for treating sore muscles. For treating sore muscles, soak in warm Epsom Salt bath for a few minutes and then massage gently with this homemade vicks vaporub.

9. For Preventing Stretch Marks & Cellulite:

If you don’t want to spend on expensive creams for preventing stretch marks, then try this homemade vicks vaporub. A gentle massage with this vaporub will keep the skin supple and prevent stretch marks. This vaporub can be used as a massage cream for getting rid of cellulite too..

10. For Treating Insect Bites:

If you find yourself with unbearable itchiness which is usually the case after being bitten by insects or bugs, then this homemade vicks vaporub will come in handy.

11. For Chapped Lips:

Another great use of this homemade vicks vaporub is for treating chapped lips, it great for using it for dry and chapped lips. If you don’t have lip balm at hand, you can take little bit of this homemade vicks vaporub and massage it in the lips for soft, luscious lips….

12. For Cracked Heels:

This homemade vicks vaporub is very good for treating cracked heels. Unrefined coconut oil is very very good for treating cracked heels. Also when combined together with beeswax, it forms a protective coating on the feet and greatly prevents cracked heels.



  1. Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 / 8:17 am

    Hi Ramya,Nice and useful post as usual. Where do we get the vicks vaporub made by the tribes with beeswax in coimbatore area?

  2. Anonymous
    March 23, 2017 / 5:24 am

    hi! thanks for your very informative and tremendously useful blog.wish to add a word of caution, especially to the above article – you could have desisted from using the term 'Vicks' prior to the vapor rub -as you are already aware of the harmful effects of the original!!!

  3. June 13, 2022 / 7:55 am

    Terimakasih Ramya postinganya sangat bermanfaat . Hanya boleh kan resep vicks nya di bagikan kesaya .

  4. August 9, 2022 / 5:12 pm

    Please can you give the recipe for homemade Vicks rub. The link you provided says the video is private.

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