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Vicks Vapor Rub
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Vicks Vapor Rub
Advantages: Relieves congestion and helps you to breathe more easily
Disadvantages: Very thick, very expensive and a nightmare to clean
Since winter is still hanging around and i have been one of those lucky people to have the flu; i thought a "Vicks Vapour Rub" review was in order.
As soon as the flu hit me, I wrapped up in about 10 layers and headed to the nearest Boots in town. Along with a medley of cold and flu tablets I picked up some Vicks vapour rub, I had never used it before but I knew that footballers and other people had used it to help them breathe better; and at the point I was willing to try anything just to breathe normally at night.
The vicks vapour rub I bought came in 100g small green tub (it's a bit different from the image pictured above) and cost me £ 4.65. Quite pricey but most cold and flu products are rather expensive; especially if you choose the branded products.
So that night I read the instructions and applied a small amount to my chest and neck, I could instantly feel it working and It became easier to breathe within a few minutes. Although it worked great at first, my sinuses became blocked (just as part of having the flu) so no matter how much I applied it didn't really help. I re-read the instruction and found out you could also inhale the product by putting a couple of teaspoons in a bowl of hot water; this method did help but the fumes are so strong them almost knock you for six.
The big issue came when I went to clean the bowl out I had used, the vapour rub was like glue and it became a mini misson just trying to clean the waterproof substance off. I couldn't help but feel it would make a great wall paper paste or it might serve a future purpose of sticking things to walls.
As a product that gives relief to someone suffering with a cold I'd give it 4 stars. But because it's expensive and a nightmare to clean I wouldn't recommend it to other people. You can buy menthol that comes in a power, it's just as effective, cheaper to buy and no hassle at all to clean from a bowl.
Summary: Works great but it's impossible to clean off.